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Grape - Fall Content


Business Management

Business ManagementThe Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is designed to serve the needs of regional growers and wineries. Long term trends in bulk juice production has held steady in the region for decades. Most profit growth requires improvements in production and management efficiency. Specialty wine production have seen steady growth for the past decade. Bulk wine production is a market that continues to shift and evolve with consumer preferences. With those realities in mind we strive to give growers the tools to improve their generational sustainability and fiscal health.

Most Recent Business Management Fall Content

Nitrogen Worksheet

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: June 4, 2015

Partnership Agreement

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 6, 2014

A partnership is quickly becoming an underrated business organization.  The LLC is not without its advantages, but take a look at this partnership agreement for some ideas.  It provides a good place to start for growers with multiple generations and less than 200 acres.

Beta Testing of eNEWA for Grapes

Tim Weigle, Team Leader, Statewide Grape IPM Specialist
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: February 10, 2014
Beta Testing of eNEWA for Grapes

Would you like to see the current weather and grape pest information found on NEWA without having to click through the website? Then eNEWA is for you. eNEWA is a daily email that contains current weather and pest model information from a station, or stations, near you. The email will contain; 1) high, low and average temperature, rainfall, wind speed and relative humidity 2) the 5-day forecast for these weather parameters, 3) GDD totals (Base 50F), 4) 5-day GDD (Base 50F) forecast and 5) model results for powdery mildew, black rot, Phomopsis and grape berry moth. The weather information is provided for not only the current day but for the past two days as well.

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Upcoming Events

Worker Protection Standard Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

October 25, 2016
Portland, NY

The Worker Protection Standard Has Been Revised, Are You Ready?
EPA is implementing stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries. The revisions will take effect on January 2, 2017.
Word on the street is, unlike during the initial rollout of the WPS, there will not be a year of educational programming to give growers every opportunity to be in compliance.
In order to provide you with the information you need to be in compliance with the new WPS, the NYS DEC Pest Management Staff will be providing training on the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard. The new WPS provides occupational protections from pesticide exposure for agricultural exposure. This training is for those who use or supervise the use of pesticides on farms.
The training will take place in the CLEREL Meeting Room, 6592 West Main Road, Portland, NY 14769 on October 25 with registration beginning at 9:30 AM. The training will be from 10 AM until noon. Two recertification credits will be available in categories 1a, 1d, 10, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.
Make sure you save the date on your calendar and while the training is free, we ask that you register for the event by going to our website and check under Upcoming Events in the lower right hand corner, or give Kate a call at (716) 792-2800.

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Hoptoberfest- Erie County

Hoptoberfest 2016   Cornell http:// Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE) is offering a workshop on October 20th for individuals who are interested in learning more about growing hops. East Aurora, NY. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will host the 3rd annual Hoptoberfest, a growing hops workshop. This year’s workshop will be taught by regional Cornell Specialists and experienced Erie County growers and brewers. This workshop will assist individuals in learning how to grow hops commercially. In July 2012, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to support and strengthen New York’s craft breweries with the goal of increasing demand for locally grown products as well as expanding economic development and promoting tourism by showcasing exceptional food and beverage products through the Taste NY initiative. Under the new law, in order to receive a Farm Brewery License in New York State, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products; 20% local by 2018, 60% local by 2023 and after 2024, 90% of the hops and other ingredients used must be grown or produced in New York. To help with this initiative, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County has continued to offer Hoptoberfest the past three years. Hoptoberfest 2016 will begin at the Roycroft Printshop (formerly CCE Erie), parking lot with participants loading a bus to travel to Koester Hops in Eden, NY. The Koester’s, previous Hoptoberfest alumni, will give participants an overview and lead a discussion about their successes and challenges as hops farmers and their expanding hops acreage. Following the tour and discussion at Koester’s, the group will travel to Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo, NY. Matt Kahn, partner in Big Ditch Brewing Company, will describe their new brew, a NYS Pale Ale, which will be made with local ingredients grown byErie County farmers. He will also discuss what kind of product he and other brewers look for when purchasing brew products. To complete the evening, Tim Weigle, IPM specialist for the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, will give a presentation about hops Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  The cost to attend is $55 per person, and if enrolled in the CCE Erie Agriculture Program the cost is $50 per person. The cost covers bus travel and appetizers at Big Ditch Brewing. Alcohol is available for purchase only by participants at Big Ditch Brewing Company.. For more information and to register please go to:

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