NEVBGA Growers' Meeting Scheduled

The NEVBGA's 599th Growers’ Meeting will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Hudson, MA.

NEVBGA & Cooperative Extension 599th Growers’ Meeting will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm, at the Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge, 99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749

TO REGISTER, please RSVP to 978-423-6694 or by February 5th. The full program is as follows: 

8:30      Registration 

9:00      Permanent and Temporary Fencing Options for Wildlife Exclusion and how to Make Them More Effective - David Kennard Owner & President Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC

9:45      Working With Family - Ted Clark, Director of the Northeastern University Family Business Center

10:45    How Climate Change Could Affect Farming in New England - Dr. Toni Lynn Morelli, Research Ecologist, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

11:45    Crop Insurance Update – Tom Smiarowski & Paul Russell, University of Massachusetts Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education

Noon     Lunch buffet, $20. To reserve a lunch, please contact the Secretary, Chris Grant at (978) 423-6694 or If you order lunch and cannot attend, please call to cancel. We will have to bill you for unpaid meals.

             NEVBGA Business Meeting & Elections, Extension updates, Commercial Member Introductions

1:15      Retooling Your Sprayer for Mummy Berry and Spotted Wing Drosophila - George Hamilton UNH Cooperative Extension Fruit & Vegetable Production Field Specialist

2:00      NEVBGA Research: Improving our Understanding of Tunnel Tomato Nutrition Across New England - Katie Campbell-Nelson UMass Vegetable Team

2:45      Neonics vs. Bees: Do We Need Alternatives? - Richard Cowles Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

3:45      What to expect in 2019: Produce Inspections in Massachusetts - Michael Anthony Botelho, MDAR Produce Safety, Market Access & Certification Program Area Director

4:00      Adjourn

** 3 pesticide recertification credits have been approved for this meeting **

Commercial members are welcome to put up table-top displays. Co-sponsored by the UMass Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program.