ITHACA, N.Y. — Large-scale potato and cabbage producers and smaller-scale mixed commercial veggie growers are encouraged to attend a virtual Storage Crop Facility School in December. Experts from across the Northeast and Midwest will be presenting on challenges and updates surrounding vegetable storage. The CCE Cornell Vegetable Program has split this training into 2 days depending on the size and variety of your operation.
Growers that store potatoes or cabbage on a large-scale should join us on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Attendees will hear about the latest innovations in potato and cabbage storage and upgrading facilities. Steve Johnson, University of Maine, and Chris Smart, Cornell University, will cover how to decrease diseases in storage.
Mixed vegetable growers with smaller commercial operations should join us on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 9:00am – 2:00pm. Chris Callahan, Extension Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Vermont, will cover cold storage design and materials to use, as well as humidity and ventilation considerations. Learn how to keep crops fresh for market from Scott Sanford, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Agriculture Engineer. And, disease control on a smaller-scale will also be discussed.
Both trainings will also including information on funding programs for upgrading or building new facilities/equipment, farm food safety storage considerations, grower opportunities with the NYS Farm to School program, and ample time for Q&A. Full meeting agendas are available on the Cornell Vegetable Program’s Events webpage.
These FREE events will be offered via Zoom – participate on a computer or listen in by phone. Pre-registration is required. Only those who pre-register will receive meeting attendance information. To register, or if you have any questions about this event, please email Margie Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name(s), phone number, and email of those who plan to attend, as well as which day(s) you would like to attend.
About Cornell Cooperative Extension – Cornell Vegetable Program
The Cornell Vegetable Program is one of the premier regional agricultural teams in NYS: a Cornell Cooperative Extension partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations in a large multi-county region in the western and central parts of the state. The team’s Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the commercial vegetable industry. The Cornell Vegetable Program provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, the program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, and cultural practices. To learn more about the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, visit cvp.cce.cornell.edu
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Vegetable Program
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