Thursday, December 14, 2017

Morning Sessions

Blueberry I

LOCATION: ARMORY
Moderator: HEATHER FAUBERT

9:30 Blueberry Varieties I Like
Eric Hanson, Michigan State University

10:00 Pruning Blueberry Bushes
Marvin Pritts, Cornell University

10:30 Proper Fertility Management for Blueberries
Eric Hanson, Michigan State University

11:00 Growing Pesticide-Free Blueberries in the Age of Spotted Wing Drosophila
Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch, Stephentown NY

11:30 Chemicals & Equipment for Controlling Spotted Wing Drosophila
Dean Polk, Rutgers University

 
Farm Business Metrics

LOCATION: PEMIGEWASSET BALLROOM
Moderator: TORI LEE JACKSON/LAURA TANGERINI

9:30 Reading Financial Statements
Julia Shanks, Julia Shanks Food Consulting, Cambridge MA

10:00 The Power of Margins
Erin S. Pirro, Farm Credit East, Enfield CT

10:30 Ratios to Keep Your Business Running at Maximum Performance
Erin S. Pirro, Farm Credit East, Enfield CT

11:00 Farming Smarter Not Harder: Discovering your Profit Centers
Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm, Plainfield VT


High Tunnels

LOCATION: 3 RIVERS BALLROOM
Moderator: BECKY SIDEMAN

9:30 Refining High Tunnel Production at Queen’s Greens
Danya Tietelbaum, Queen’s Greens, Amherst MA

10:00 Organic Berry Production in High Tunnels in Quebec
Martine Dorais, Laval University, Quebec Canada

10:30 High Tunnel Soil Management Updates
Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine

11:00 Habitat Plants to Attract Natural Enemies into High Tunnel Crops
Cheryl Frank Sullivan, University of Vermont

11:30 Choosing Varieties for High Tunnel Crops
Becky Sideman, University of New Hampshire

 
Nutrient Mangement

LOCATION: CURRIERS
Moderator: KATIE CAMPBELL-NELSON

9:30 Nutrient Management for Fruit Farms
Mary Concklin, University of Connecticut

10:00 Growing Our Own Nitrogen: Results from 12 On-Farm Trials in MA & VT
Becky Maden, University of Vermont
Ryan Karb, Many Hands Farm Corp, Amherst MA

11:00 Nutrient Management at Langwater Farm: Covercrops & Compost
Kevin O’Dwyer, Langwater Farm, N. Easton MA

11:30 Phosphorous Management for Vegetable Farmers
Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine

 
Potatoes

LOCATION: FROST/HAWTHORNE (UPSTAIRS)
Moderator: ANDY RADIN

9:30 BMPs for Dickeya Management Q&A
Margaret McGrath, Cornell University

10:00 Next Generation Potato Varieties
John Jemison, University of Maine

10:30 Growing Potatoes Organically on Long Island
Fred Lee, Sang Lee Farms, Peconic NY

11:00 Nurse Cropping in Potato Systems
John Jemison, University of Maine

11:30 Ecological Pest Management for Potatoes
Andrei Alyokhin, University of Maine

 

Afternoon Sessions

Blueberry II

LOCATION: ARMORY
Moderator: LAURA MCDERMOTT

2:00 Post-Harvest Handling Can Improve Fresh Market Success
Chris Callahan, University of Vermont
Robert Hadad, Cornell University

2:30 How I Grow Certified Organic Blueberries
David Ingalls, Ingalls Blueberry Hill, Milford NY

3:00 Weed Control in Blueberries: Strategies for Success
Thierry Besancon, Rutgers University

3:30 Blueberry Disease: An Overview for New England Growers
Peter Oudemans, Rutgers University

4:00 Pollinating Blueberries for Improved Profit
Frank Drummond, University of Maine

 
Farm Decisions

LOCATION: PEMIGEWASSET BALLROOM
Moderator: TORI LEE JACKSON, SANDY ARNOLD

2:00 The Struggle to ‘Right Size’ My Farm
Sylvester ‘Pete’ Taliaferro, Taliaferro Farm, New Paltz NY

2:30 Planning for Growth
Julia Shanks, Julia Shanks Food Consulting, Cambridge MA

3:00 Effective Marketing for the Busy Farmer
Laura Biasillo, Cornell University

3:30 Planning Farm Infrastructure for Maximum Efficiency
Erin S. Pirro, Farm Credit East, Enfield CT

4:00 Farm Mechanizations and Efficiencies
Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm, Plainfield VT

 
Water Management & Irrigation

LOCATION: 3 RIVERS BALLROOM
Moderator: GEORGE HAMILTON

2:00 The Way We Use Irrigation for Fruit & Vegetable Production
George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire
Jim Ward, Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon MA
David Wadleigh, Kimball Fruit Farm, Pepperell MA
Russell Holmberg, Holmberg Orchards, Gales Ferry CT

3:00 Drip Irrigation Uniformity
Bill Wolfram, Toro Ag, Accomac VA

3:30 How to Measure Irrigation Needs with Soil Moisture Sensors
Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis NH

4:00 NRCS Practices & Programs that Focus on Irrigation
Chad Cochrane, NH NRCS, Concord NH

Infrastructure Decisions

LOCATION: CURRIERS
Moderator: OLIVIA SAUDERS

2:00 Building the Farm of Your Dreams
Caroline Pam, The Kitchen Garden, Sunderland MA

2:30 Positioning our Farm so Expansion & Change is Embraced by our Neighbors and Community
John Moulton, Moulton Farm, Meredith NH

3:00 Infrastructure Decision Making: What Do You Consider?
Seth Wilner, University of NH
Pooh Sprague, Edegwater Farm, Plainfield NH

4:00 Infrastructure Design with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in Mind
Chris Callahan, University of Vermont

 
Tomatoes

LOCATION: FROST/HAWTHORNE (UPSTAIRS)
Moderator: HEATHER BRYANT

2:00 Tomato Pest Management
Ann Hazelrigg, University of Vermont

2:30 Breeding for Better Disease Resistance & Flavor
Emily Haga, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Albion ME

3:00 Getting Started with Grafting
Andrew Mefferd, Growing for Market Magazine, Skowhegan ME

3:30 Response of Determinate Field Tomatoes to Foliar Nutrients
Andy Radin, University of Rhode Island

4:00 High Quality Heirloom Production
Jon Berube, Heron Pond Farm, S. Hampton NH