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  • 05/19/2020 6:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a follow-up to the interview we did last week on frost damage (link here), I have posted an audio file on our website with some thinning recommendations that I hope helps you make the best decision on how to adjust fruit load this season.

    Here’s the link:

    https://fruit.wisc.edu/2020/05/19/thinning-recommendations-for-apple-crop-load-management/



  • 05/13/2020 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Under the Safer at Home order, issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) at the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, farm and produce stands—including farm markets and U-pick operations—are considered essential business operations and allowed to remain open (see Section 13.b. in the emergency order).

    However, these businesses must:

    • Close all seating intended for consuming food.
    • Close self-service operations such as salad bars, beverage stations and buffets.
    • Cease any self-dispensing of unpackaged food by consumers (except for at grocery stores).
    • Limit employee in-person meetings whenever possible, and switch to virtual meetings, teleconferences and remote work.
    • Comply with all DHS guidelines for businesses.
    • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet between all individuals to the maximum extent possible.

    After discussions with state agriculture industry leaders, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) makes the following recommendations to farms offering pick-your-own produce, or selling produce at farm stands or farmers markets:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Maintain social distancing between everyone on the premises.
    • Schedule appointments to limit the number of customers picking at one time.
    • Allow adults, teens and older children to pick only while under farm supervision or after safe harvest instructions.
    • Offer ordering online or over the phone.
    • Implement pickup, drive-thru or delivery options.
    • Eliminate samples, eating areas and non-picking on-farm activities.
    • Limit employees to those performing essential duties.
    • Sell pre-weighed packaged items to limit food handling and keep customers moving.
    • Assign separate people to handle products and money. Employees should use hand sanitizer after every transaction.
    • Regularly disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.
    • Ask customers and employees showing signs of illness to stay home.
    • Use signs, websites and social networks to communicate and promote new procedures.

    Questions for DATCP can be sent to safeproduce@wisconsin.gov.

    Additional COVID-19 resources for businesses and employers, including cleaning and disinfection protocols for frequently touched surfaces, can be found at the DHS website.

    Sincerely,

    The Division of Food and Recreational Safety

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
    Division of Food and Recreational Safety
    https://datcp.wi.gov


  • 03/16/2020 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WAGA's Summer Field Day is set for Tuesday, July 14th at Munchkey Apples in Mount Horeb.  Please mark your calendars!  More info to come.

  • 02/29/2020 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Wisconsin Apple Growers Association received a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to help produce farmers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.


    This grant offers a 50/50 cost share for eligible expenses.  A maximum of $2500 is available per farm (required $5,000 expenditure) for "Supplies and Services" that help the grower become compliant with the rule.

    We know that all growers will not have the same needs to become compliant, but expected "Supplies and Services" expenditures include but are not limited to record-keeping systems, worker training, hygiene-related signage, water-testing, handwashing stations, stainless steel surfaces and bins, easily cleanable wall panels, temperature and humidity monitoring controls, sanitizers and more.

    This grant cannot fund construction or capital expenses for buildings or equipment (equipment is considered to be anything with a price tag of $5000 or more).

    Future expenditures and expenditures made 1/1/2020 or later can be considered for grant funding.  You are encouraged to apply before making expenditures.  You may combine multiple smaller expenditures as long as the total does not exceed $5,000.

    Funds are limited and applications will be scored to determine who receives funding.  Farms that are registered with DATCP, have a person that has taken approved FSMA training, have had an On-Farm Readiness Review and an inspection or a Third-Party Audit will score higher.

    To apply go to wisconsinapplegrowers.org and you'll see the application link on the home page.  We'll accept applications until March 15, 2020 and may open up subsequent application times if funds remain available.

    If you have questions, please email Anna Maenner at anna@acmadmin.com or contact the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association at 920-478-4277.


  • 02/03/2020 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rami Aburomia beat out the other contestants for best Raw/UV treated cider at the recent Wisconsin Apple Growers Association Conference held in Wisconsin Dells.  Rami's recipe included Goldrush, Crimson Topaz and Honey Crisp apples.  Congratulations Rami!

  • 12/19/2019 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference is a three-day conference that provides educational programming for growers of fresh produce including apples, berries, grapes and vegetables; agri-tourism and winery operators as well as farmers market vendors and managers. There are over 80 different educational sessions attendees can choose from in 7 different tracks. Come join us!

    Click here to visit the Wisconsin fresh Fruit & Vegetable page!

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