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. See also our new UMaine Extension Bulletin on the topic: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Exemptions — June 2019 Update: Cranberry has been designated as a “rarely consumed raw” produce, and as such, unless you have a buyer who requires compliance with the FSMA Rule, then you are exempt from the FSMA Produce Rule.
- 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.