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Virginia Cooperative Extension offers tips on pest management at greenhouse and nursery workshop

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a pest management workshop on updated techniques for controlling diseases and insects in greenhouse and nursery environments on Jan. 26, 2017.

The workshop will take place at Battlefield Farms Inc. located at 23190 Clarks Mountain Road in Rapidan, Virginia from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Faculty from Virginia Cooperative Extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the University of Maryland Extension will lead the workshops.

Other topics to be covered during the event are conventional and biological control options available to growers, plant growth regulator basics with an emphasis on perennials, and nutrient and water efficiency on nursery crops.

For more information, to register, and to request special accommodation contact Shawn Appling at 540-727-3435 or ashawn6@vt.edu.


Virginia Cooperative Extension Provides Fresh Produce Food Safety Training

Greenhouse fans whir at Mike Calhoun’s hydroponic lettuce-growing operation while workers harvest the four varieties grown at Stover Shop Greenhouses in Churchville, Virginia.

Calhoun’s farming operation is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program, an initiative that requires an internal audit of bookkeeping, growing, and production operations. Once growers pass the audit, they can apply for a GAP logo to display on packaging.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Fresh Produce Food Safety Team can help growers earn the certification, which sends a message to consumers and big box store clientele that they use practices that reduce the risk of contamination within the supply chain.