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Proceedings from the Empire State Producers Expo
Syracuse, N.Y.

More information at the NYSVGA website

2016 Conference Proceedings

January 19-21, 2016

Expo topics (remaining abstracts coming soon):


  • Cultivating Collaborations

Tree Fruit


Beginning Farmers

  • Wholesale, retail, or both? Maximizing profit in different market channels
  • How do I price my product? Practical considerations

Processing Vegetables

Cut Flowers

Greenhouse Floriculture

  • Insect biocontrol: Choosing the right critters for your environment
  • Wood heat for greenhouses: What you need to know
  • Awful aphids: Biological and environmental factors in aphid management

Weed Management

Cabbage and Cole Crops

Direct Marketing

Sweet Corn

High Tunnels

  • High tunnel soils: pH and alkalinity
  • High tunnel soils: Nutrient management update
  • High tunnel soils: Health and biology
  • Imperfect or impeccable high tunnel tomatoes: It’s up to you!
  • Greenhouse tomato foliar disease updates: Powdery mildew and leaf mold

Soil Health


  • Reducing fiascos in the field
  • Staying on top of the weather: Tomato disease forecasts on NEWA


Vine Crops

Food Safety

  • FSMA: Are you in or out? Navigating the definition of a farm
  • FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Key requirements and challenges to implementation
  • Virtual farm tour: Assessing risks and implementing produce safety practices

Labor Options

  • ROOT (Refugee Onsite Occupational Training)
  • Urban farming in Buffalo: Green shoots for new Americans


Hard Cider

  • Building a cider brand
  • Cider production 101: The ‘how-to’ of cider making
  • Is it worth it to grow apples for hard cider?
  • The cider state: New York’s potential to lead the cider category

Hops and Grains

Root Crops

  • Carrot variety trial results and show and tell
  • Beet variety trial results and show and tell
  • Parsnip variety trial results and show and tell

Climate Smart Farming