Archive for January, 2009

EQIP money set aside for Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers

Posted on 15. Jan, 2009 by .

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A new program for Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers was created out of the 2008 Farm Bill. Of the 13.7 million dollars Wisconsin has been awarded for EQIP programs this year, 5% ($685,000) is being set aside for Beginning and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers (limited resource farms are defined as farms with gross sales […]

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Updates for EQIP and WHIP signup… Deadline extended

Posted on 15. Jan, 2009 by .

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Great News — the sign-up for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Bill Conservation Programs of EQIP and WHIP for fiscal year 2009 has been extended to February 27, 2009. EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) For Orchard Growers this may be the final year to sign-up for the EQIP 595 Pest Management Practice […]

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What guest experts would you like on the IPM calls?

Posted on 15. Jan, 2009 by .

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At the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference, we heard that growers would like more guest experts on the IPM conference calls next season. We can arrange to have guest experts on several of the calls, but we need you to tell us who to invite. Send your suggestions to Lisa DiPietro at ldipietro@wisc.edu or 608-265-3637.

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Bayfield Apple IPM Poster

Posted on 15. Jan, 2009 by .

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Bayfield Eco-Apple network coordinator Jason Fischbach and Project Associate Peter Werts have developed a great poster on apple IPM. To see the poster, go to the Bayfield Extension website: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/bayfield/ag/documents/Poster_000.pdf. We are looking into making this poster more applicable for a statewide audience.

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January 13 Pre-Season IPM Conference Call

Posted on 14. Jan, 2009 by .

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Topics
1. A price increase for several disease control materials may necessitate more spray-thrifty management plans.
2. Reasons why many orchards had better scab control last season
3. Reasons why some growers had poor scab control last season
4. Special concerns with black rot and white rot due to last season’s hail

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Reminder: pre-season IPM conference call Tuesday, Jan 13 at 8am

Posted on 11. Jan, 2009 by .

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8am Tuesday, John Aue will lead a conference call to review pest control strategies for the upcoming season. We hope this planning call will help you with your input purchasing decisions. The call will last one to two hours, depending on the needs of the group. By 10pm the night before the call, please e-mail […]

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Invite:Heritage Orchard Restoration Workshop

Posted on 09. Jan, 2009 by .

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Great Lakes Heirloom Fruit Conservation and Heritage Orchard Restoration Workshop
Friday, March 20th, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum (Madison)
Cost to attend is $25, and includes instruction, workshop materials, hands-on demonstration, bus transportation to the orchards and lunch. Questions and registration requests can be directed to Heidi Busse at heidi_busse@yahoo.com—due date is March 1, 2009. Registration is limited to 25 participants.

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MSU apple webinars

Posted on 09. Jan, 2009 by .

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Technology keeps coming to the apple orchard. The latest is in the form of webinars, or live web seminars, offering apple growers an opportunity to learn what’s new in research and growing techniques from the comfort of their homes.

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