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Contact Information

The points of contact between Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service and the grower & business communities are the NJ County Agricultural Agents. The agents are a tremendous source of information for both new and experienced growers. Visit your local county extension office.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Q & A Teleconferences on Food Safety FSMA

-Wes Kline and Meredith Melendez

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule. See the attachment for teleconference dates and times on the following topics:
  • Understanding Exemptions 
  • Agricultural Water 
  • Soil Amendments 
  • Domestic and Wild Animals 
  • Growing, Harvesting, Packing & Holding Activities 
  • Equipment, Tools, Buildings, & Sanitation 
  • Health, Hygiene, and Worker Training 
  • Recordkeeping, Compliance, & Enforcement
Remember comments or questions regarding issues the FDA should clarify or address in the final rule or in companion guidance document must be submitted before May 16, 2013.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New 2nd edition of the Resource Guide for Organic Insect & Disease Management

The new 2nd edition of Resource Guide for Vegetable Crops Organic Insect and Disease Management is now available from Cornell University.  Organic vegetable growers, or anyone interested in organic pest control alternatives, will find the manual useful. Download the pdf for free from the link above, or available as a hard copy for $20.
--Rick VanVranken

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Information on Food Safety

-Wes Kline and Meredith Melendez

Stay up-to-date with Food Safety Modernization Act rule changes by following our Plant and Pest Advisory Food Safety Blog.

This week:

Vegetable Integrated Crop Management Meeting

-Rick VanVranken, Wes Kline, and Michelle Infante-Casella

Date: Monday, March 28, 2013, 7 pm
Location: East Vineland Fire Hall 12-2, Landis Ave, Vineland
(Across from the Savoy Restaurant)

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agricultural Agents of Atlantic, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties invite you to a twilight meeting. Come discuss your spring and summer season production questions with RCE Agents and Specialists.