Two helpful items from the “Farms and Food Systems” Newsletter (July 2018 Issue):
- Are We Covered or Not-Covered? Figuring out the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule — Not sure if you’ll have to comply with the FSMA Produce Rule? You’re not alone. To help farmers answer this question, UMass Cooperative Extension has developed an online-interactive assessment tool to guide you through understanding if your farm is covered or not, and at what level. Find out how FSMA will affect your farm.
- FSMA Record-keeping Requirements and Templates — Concerned about what records you need to keep to be compliant with FSMA? The Produce Safety Alliance has compiled a list of needed records and template record-keeping documents to use. Download or print the FSMA Record-keeping Templates (PDF).
[From the Cranberry Institute] Cranberries and Warfarin: Cranberries are Safe to Consume with Warfarin (Coumadin®). If you’ve not seen it, the Cranberry Institute has a cranberry health newsletter called Cranberry Health News.
- A reminder that we learned in October (2017) that cranberry (i.e. the bushberry and low-growing berry subgroups) received a U.S. label for Movento®. This product should prove to be our most effective one yet for controlling cranberry tipworm (in their larval stages) on a per application basis. Movento’s active ingredient (spirotetramat) belongs to the “Group 23” insecticides, which are described as tetronic & tetramic acid derivatives. They work by inhibiting the formation of lipids in the insects that are vulnerable to that particular chemistry. We have never had a Group 23 cranberry insecticide in our toolbox prior to this material, so this is a brand new mode of action being introduced to the inner workings of their biology.
- “Connecticut-grown Cranberries Making a Comeback“ (news story) (see also the CT Cranberry Farm featured in the news story)
- A heart-warming NPR Thanksgiving story: “For Expats In Afghanistan, A Cranberry Dish To Relish Far From Home“
- Portland Press Herald (2015):
- Bangor Daily News: “Cranberries add a note of seasonal color to holiday meals” (Nov. 2014)
- Maine Morsels (blog) (part of the BDN Maine Network): Cranberries in March? Yes, it’s the best time to pick!
- The Ellsworth American: “Cranberry Bog Bounces Back To Life“ (Nov. 2012)
More Things to Check Out:
- UMaine Extension video: how to use and preserve Maine cranberries.
- Maine Wild Blueberry Weed Photos (cranberry and lowbush blueberry habitats share many of the same weeds)
- Assistance for new farmers in Maine!
- United Cranberry Growers Cooperative — based in Wisconsin but this coop invites independent growers, wherever in the world they may reside, to join them.