Address any questions or comments regarding this newsletter to the individual authors listed after each article or to its editors, Nathan Johanning, 618-687-1727, njohann@illinois.edu or Bronwyn Aly 618-382-2662, baly@illinois.edu. The Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News is available on the web at: http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/. To receive email notification of new postings of this newsletter, contact Nathan Johanning at the phone number or email address above.


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Vol. 24, No. 16, October 1, 2018

University of Illinois Extension educators and specialists in fruit and vegetable production and pest management


Vol. 24, No. 16, October 1, 2018

Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News

Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News Vol. 24, No. 16, October 1, 2018 Editors: Nathan Johanning & Bronwyn Aly ewsletter to provide timely, research-based information that commercial fruit & vegetable growers can apply to benefit their farming operations. Address any questions or comments regarding this newsletter to the individual authors listed after each article or to its editors, Nathan Johanning, 618-687-1727, njohann@illinois.edu or Bronwyn Aly 618-382-2662, baly@illinois.edu. The Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News is available on the web at: http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/. To receive email notification of new postings of this newsletter, contact Nathan Johanning at the phone number or email address above.

In this issue…

Upcoming programs (listings for beginning and established growers)

News and Announcements (Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Offered at Local & Regional Food Conference in November, Time to Check Your Pesticide Applicators License for Renewal, 2019 Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University)

Regional Reports (northern, St. Louis metro east, southern Illinois, Dixon Springs)

Fruit & Vegetable Production & Pest Management (Post-harvest Handling of Pumpkins, On-line Information Resources)

University of Illinois Extension Educators and Specialists in Fruit and Vegetable Production and Pest Management

Upcoming Programs

Check the Illinois SARE calendar for a full list of programs and links for registration. http://illinoissare.org/ and http://illinoissare.org/calendar.php Also see the University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Team’s website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/ and the calendar of events at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/calendar.cfm?UnitID=629.

News and Announcements

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Offered at Local & Regional Food Conference in November

Do you have concerns about safety in your produce operation? Are you concerned about compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? Do you want to know more about the difference between FSMA and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)? Then, the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training might be for you! On Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of Illinois Extension will be holding a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training workshop at the DoubleTree Hilton, 10 Brickyard Dr., Bloomington, Illinois, 61701.

The PSA training is being offered as part of the Local & Regional Food Conference taking place Nov. 5-7 at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. The conference, hosted by Illinois Farm Bureau, is aimed at helping farmers learn how to increase their profits, develop a sustainable business and grow market demand to build long-lasting family farms. Usually, the PSA Grower Training costs $115. However, for those attending the Local & Regional Food Conference, this cost is included with conference registration, including the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) certificate fee. This special opportunity if offered due to sponsorship from Illinois Farm Bureau and the National Farmers Union. To learn more or to register for the Local & Regional Food Conference, visit www.ilfb.org/livelocal.

The PSA Grower Training course will satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement that states, “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”

At the PSA training, you can expect trainers to spend about seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules: