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Maine Vegetable & Fruit Growers Association Annual Meeting and Educational Program


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held as part of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show.  Two pesticide applicator certification credits will be offered for people attending the full program.  Topics include how to improve spray coverage, how to use adjuvants to improve spray efficacy, managing powdery and downy mildew, getting the most out of herbicides, and a review of new agricultural products.  There will also be a grower panel to showcase farmstand set-up, displays, and customer management.

Preregistration is required. To receive recertification credit, applicators must use their real first and last names as their Zoom participant names in the meeting. This is to verify attendance. See program description for instructions.

Note: If registering multiple people, please register one participant, click “Enroll”, then use the “Continue Shopping” option in your cart to add additional participants.



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Program Description


1:00 p.m.
Sprayer calibration throughout the season for optimum impact, George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire

Adjuvants: how to spread it, stick it, buffer it, etc. to make yours sprays more effective, Paul Peters, Northeast Ag

Agricultural Product Updates: Nutrien – Brian McCleary and Northeast Ag, Paul Peters

Crop Insurance Update, Christina Howard, University of Maine

2:30 p.m.
Herbicide Update for Vegetable and Berry Crops, Dr. Sushila Chaudhari, Michigan State University

Downy Mildew and Powdery Mildew Management Update, Dr. Meg McGrath, Cornell University

3:30 p.m.  
Our Farm Stand: Grower Experience Panel, Tomi Chipman Ricker and Elaine Chipman, Chipman Farm, Poland Spring, Penny Jordan, Jordan Farm, Cape Elizabeth

4:00 p.m
MVSFGA Business Meeting, Lisa Turner & Executive Board

Attendees MUST be identifiable in the Zoom meeting to be awarded a recertification credit. A Zoom participant name must match the applicator’s full name. To change your participant name in Zoom, click on the ‘participant’ icon. Your Zoom name should be at the top of the participant list with ‘(me)’ beside it. Click the ‘more’ button and select ‘rename’. Make sure to enter both your first and last names. The BPC also requires that attendees answer 3 poll questions during the Zoom session.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact Caitlin Ramsay at 207.933.2100 or

Program Details


Wednesday, January 20, 2021


1:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Maine Agricultural Trades Show (Virtual)

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Caitlin Ramsey, UMaine Extension Staff

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