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Upcoming Events

Purdue Wine Grape Team Fall Workshop, October 6, 2016  9 am to 4 pm
Dear Indiana Wine Friends,
There is still time to register for our Fall Workshop on Thursday, October 6 at Purdue University.  This year’s Fall Workshop is designed for novice and seasoned wine growers and makers alike, and will provide an update on the most proficient production practices in the vineyard and winery. We will discuss topics ranging from sustainable post-harvest vineyard management to economical wine stabilization and aging practices. Participants will stop by the team’s pilot winery to discuss winemaking equipment, visit the enology lab to review must and wine analyses, and tour our research vineyard.   You should plan to arrive at the Purdue Meigs Farm at 9:00am EST for registration, coffee and donuts.  A shuttle bus will provide round-trip transportation from Meigs to the West Lafayette Purdue campus.  Lunch will be provided.  Dress casual and bring a bottle of wine to share.  Registration Form


Indiana Horticultural Congress at the NEW LOCATION January 10-12, 2017
Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219.



Message from Amanda Deering, Clinical Assistant Professor
Request for Assistance with FSMA Needs Assessment
I am Amanda Deering, the Indiana Leader for the North Central Region Center for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training, Extension and Technical Assistance. As the state leader, I am responsible for identifying and notifying partner organizations, businesses, and agencies in our state that can assist with communicating and disseminating information about FSMA to fruit and vegetable producers. We are not requesting your mailing list, but rather would appreciate if you would assist us in sending an email to your clients or members with a link to a brief survey. This survey is anonymous and the information gathered will help us identify and meet their educational needs with regards to compliance with FSMA. For more information on NCR FSMA, go to our website: https://ncrfsma.org

To save time, below is an email that you can cut and paste or modify to send to your clients or members requesting their participation in the survey. Feel free to attach the NCR FSMA statement graphic in this email.

[YOUR ORGANIZATION OR BUSINESS HERE] has been asked by the newly developed North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training, Extension and Technical Assistance to introduce you to the Center and request that you complete a brief, anonymous survey. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and will help you determine if you will be required to comply with the FSMA Produce Rules. It will also help the Center determine fruit and vegetable producers’ level of knowledge on food safety and determine their top educational needs in our region. The survey can be found at http://qeasttrial.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8FWKOX9AYADrWqF.

They recognize your time is valuable so as a token of appreciation, they will hold a drawing and award three participants a $50 gift card. Note entry in the drawing will require that you provide your name and contact information in another link found at the end of the survey. It is NOT tied to your survey responses.

The deadline for completing the survey is September 30, 2016. For more information on NCR FSMA and additional food safety news and resources, go to the Center’s website at https://ncrfsma.org.
Thank you for partnering with us on this important issue.


Fruit Growers Meeting, November 4, 2016
Purdue Extension-Lake County Office, 880 East 99th Court, Suite A, Crown Point, Indiana 46307.
Make reservations by calling the Purdue Extension-Lake County at 219-755-3240 or go online to http://tinyurl.com/2016FruitMeeting  Reservations are due by Friday, October 28 as space is limited!

Agenda: 12:30 – 1:00        Registration

1:00 – 1:45          Weed Management Strategies for Grapes and Berries by Dr. Bruce Bordelon, Purdue Small Fruits Specialist
1:45 – 2:30          Managing Spotted Winged Drosophila & Other Insects by Rick Foster, Purdue Entomology Specialist
2:30 – 3:15          Managing Diseases with Your Apples, Grapes, and Peaches by Janna Beckerman, Purdue Plant Pathology     Specialist
3:15 – 4:00          Are You Measuring Chemicals Right? & Drift Watch: Bee Safety by Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension Educator
4:00                      Adjourn
Producers whose Private Pesticide Applicator Permit expires in 2016 – 2020 can receive credit by attending the half-day program and paying the $10 fee toward re-certification. Please remember to bring your private applicator card and photo ID for registration.



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