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February 21, Centerville
US (NY): 2017 Produce Auction Growers MeetingSpeakers from other New York auctions (sellers and buyers) and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide attendees with information on produce production for profit, diversifying your product line, high tunnel organic fertility approaches, disease resistance in tomatoes and cucumbers, and Food Safety Modernization Act and what it means for the auction.
- 9:00 am Welcome, coffee, registration
- Overview, Manager's update-consignment issues, lot sizes, policies, etc, -- Emanuel Girod, GVPA and Judson Reid, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program
- 10 secrets to success for a new auction; tips from 2 auction chairs -- Judson Reid
- How to grow profitably at a new produce auction -- Harvey Lied, Finger Lakes Produce Auction
- Harvey and his family have many years experience growing produce such as cantaloupe, watermelon and pumpkins for auction. He is a member of the Finger Lakes Produce Auction Board of Directors, shareholder and clerk.
- Tired of low zucchini prices? Diversify your product line! The buyer's perspective -- Jeff Werner, Werner's Farm Market
- Jeff and his family are both growers and auction buyers. He will share his experience in marketing crops based on size and use and his preferences as a buyer. Jeff also works for Harris Seeds.
- My experience growing certified organic high tunnel tomatoes for auction -- John Stoltzfus, Seneca Produce Auction, and Harold Schrock, Advancing Eco-Agriculture
- John is a certified organic dairy and produce farmer from Romulus, NY. He sells soil-grown greenhouse tomatoes at the Seneca Produce Auction. Harold will provide technical back-up on an organic fertility approach.
- Disease resistance in tomatoes and cucumbers, 2016 research update -- Judson Reid
- In Allegany County many farmers would like to grow vegetables organically. CVP research on disease resistant tomatoes and cucumbers provides critical information on varieties that deliver yield without conventional fungicides.
- Beyond Tomatoes! Alternative crops for high tunnels -- Judson Reid
- GVPA has tough price competition on tomatoes. What are some alternatives that pay, and how do we grow them? Judson will share data from several research trials on crops and fertility.
- Food Safety Modernization Act - What does it mean for the auction? -- Robert Hadad, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, Ion Zimmerman, Finger Lakes Produce Auction Chairman, and Jeff Werner
- Robert will demystify and put in plain language the new regulations for auction growers. Ion will share how they are implementing traceability. Jeff will share his experience as a buyer.
- Q & A with grower panel
- 2:00 pm Adjourn
Publication date: 2/17/2017
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