72 articles tagged "Events".

Beginning this month, Purdue Extension will offer produce food safety trainings throughout Indiana. The trainings utilize the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) training curriculum and will be offered at multiple locations across the state. For produce farms that are covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, at least one manager or responsible person is required to receive food safety training equivalent to FDA’s standardized curriculum. Completion of a PSA grower training is one way to meet that requirement. For growers who are not covered by the Produce Safety Rule, the trainings are an excellent introduction to produce food safety and will be useful to those who are beginning to develop a food safety program on their farm, or who want to learn more about this topic. There are currently 6 offerings across the state. Classes are from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cost is $100. This includes a[Read More…]


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Date: October 26, 2019 8:30 am sign-in Location: Elkhart County Fairgrounds 17746 County Rd. 34, Goshen, IN 46528 Home and Family Arts Building This one-day hands-on workshop will offer a view into aquaculture and aquaponics water quality parameters and considerations. The day will consist of information that will benefit new and established producers. More information about the event and registration: indianaaquaculture.com/shop


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The Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time, at Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville, Indiana. This symposium, sponsored by Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, offers commercial vegetable growers and market farmers opportunities to learn more about pest management, production practices, variety selection, and marketing; visit with vendors; and network with other growers. Information about registration and more details about the program content will be available online in November at puext.in/IVGS.  For more information regarding the program, contact Nikky Witkowski at (219) 465-3555, or at nikky@purdue.edu.  


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Please join us for the grand opening of the Purdue Extension Food Safety Training Hub, located in the newly constructed Vincennes University Agricultural Center. Located on Highway 41 adjacent to SWPAC, the new facility features lab and office space, a large postharvest research area, classroom and audio-visual room for use in food safety programming. The event will be held on November 4 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and will include guided tours, as well as remarks from individuals involved in the project. Light refreshments will be served. Those attending are asked to RSVP at http://bit.ly/FoodSafetyGrandOpening by October 21.


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Date: November 14, 2019 5:00 pm (EST) Location: Southwest Purdue Ag Center (SWPAC) 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN 47591 This event is a great opportunity to learn about watermelon, cantaloupe and other specialty melon production regardless if you have been growing watermelon all your life or are new to this crop.  The meeting will start at 5:00 pm with a casual discussion about this production season. We will solicit topics for the upcoming Southwest Indiana Melon and Vegetable Growers Annual Meeting, which will be held in French Lick, IN on March 13, 2020. At 6:00 pm, dinner will be served. Following the meal, we will present the variety trial results including 40 seedless watermelons, 18 personal-size watermelons and 30 varieties of cantaloupe and specialty melons. Any grower interested in becoming a member is invited to attend the meeting. Membership dues are $15 per year and can be paid at this[Read More…]


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Have you thought about producing your own value-added products (value-added: further process fresh produce to increase its value)? What’s the challenges for you to start or scale up your own value-adding business? We would like to invite you to participate in the study “Attitude, Knowledge, and Barriers towards Value-Adding Business among Indiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers”. We are interested in learning about your perspective and experiences. Your feedback will be very valuable for us to develop better food safety curriculum for value-adding business that address your challenges. All the responses will be kept confidential. We have two projects that you can participate in: Online Survey: this survey mainly focuses on understanding your attitude and experience on value-adding production, and your barriers to building value-adding process. You can participate in this project if you are Fruit and/or Vegetable Grower. You do not need to have a value-adding business! Please help us[Read More…]


The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is undertaking a major redesign of its Uplink Employer Self-Service system (ESS) to better meet the needs of employers. ESS provides employers with online access to Unemployment Insurance account information, including report submission, tax payments and information on account issues. The first phase of the redesign will be completed by April 30 and will include: online, printable copies of notices and mailings; intuitive menus featuring easier to read fonts and graphics; simplified user roles; consolidated wage and contribution reporting; and fully integrated electronic payment options. “The redesign of the ESS is a much needed and welcome upgrade to the ESS user experience,” said Gina Ashley, DWD Chief Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Solutions Officer. “These upgrades are the result of two years of conducting employer surveys and identifying of best practices. Businesses that use the ESS to access their Unemployment Insurance account, submit reports and[Read More…]


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2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference Date: February 28 to March 2, 2019 Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana Registration ends 2/20/19. More information about the conference can be found at https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/smallfarms/   Michiana Greenhouse & High Tunnel Growers Meeting Date: March 5, 2019 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Location: Elkhart County 4-H fairgrounds. 17746 County Rd 34, Goshen, IN Topics of the grower meeting include: Update on current research in greenhouse and high tunnels – what is new and emerging for 2019? How to use greenhouse lighting to improve quality and reduce production time; High tunnel irrigation and fertility management considerations; Disease and disorders from seed to transplant; Insect pest control & how effective are predators; Driftwatch update More information about the meeting can be found at https://extension.purdue.edu/Elkhart/article/31851   Southeastern IN Vegetable Growers Meeting Date: March 7, 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST Location: Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2818 Green[Read More…]


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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Date: September 28, 2018, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (EST) Location: Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center, 4369 N. Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN Purdue Extension will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on September 28th. The training will be held in the basement of the SWPAP building at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, 4369 N. Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591. This program meets the training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Cost is $100 and covers course manual, completion certificate, and lunch. Register by going to www.SafeProduceIN.com and clicking on the “Get Trained” option. Participants must pre-register. Registration will be closed on 9/26/18. For more information, contact Scott Monroe at (812) 886-0198. Southwest Indiana Melon and Vegetable Growers’ Technical Meeting Date: November 15, 2018 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (EST) Location: Southwest Purdue Ag Center (SWPAC), 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes,[Read More…]


Purdue Extension will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on September 28th. The training will be held in the basement of the SWPAP building at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, 4369 N. Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591. This program meets the training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Cost is $100 and covers course manual, completion certificate, and lunch. Register by going to www.SafeProduceIN.com and clicking on the “Get Trained” option. Participants must pre-register. Registration will be closed on 9/26/18. For more information, contact Scott Monroe at (812) 886-0198.


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