Most people may not have onions on their mind, but it is time for the farmers in the famous Black Dirt region of Orange County to begin honing their plans for the 2017 growing season. On Tues., Feb. 28, experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, and Penn State University will present onion farmers with the latest research on weed management, new insect pests in the region, fungicides for downy mildew and stemphylium leaf blight management, and more. The event will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, located at 18 Seward Ave., Ste. 300 in Middletown, NY.
Growers will also receive an update from a representative from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Worker Protection Standard program that will go into effect this year. Changes to federal food safety laws will also be a hot topic for farmers in Orange County in 2017.
The registration fee is $80 per person or $50 for enrolled members of ENYCHP/CCEOC. There will be an additional fee of $15 for registrations received after Fri., Feb. 10. The fee includes a catered lunch from the Quaker Creek Store in Goshen. To register online visit http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=661. For more information call Ethan Grundberg at 344-1234 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.