Regional Grape Program To Host Growers’ Conference March 14

FREDONIA — The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program will host the annual Grape Growers’ Conference on March 14 in the Williams Center at the State University at Fredonia.

The annual gathering of area growers provides a great opportunity to network as well as update growers on current research and extension programming to improve vineyard sustainability. The conference will also focus on regulatory changes and the impact on vineyards.

Speakers from the state DEC and the state Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health will update growers on new worker protection standards including respirator fit training. In addition to changes in U.S. Agriculture Department regulations, the recent tax reform may also impact vineyard operations. Kevin Martin will be on hand to provide growers information about pass-through income and corporate tax reform. Structural changes in business organizations can also help with succession planning and the sustainability of the farm across generations.

Dr. Golnaz Badr, a Cornell post-doctoral researcher, will discuss her work in mining historical weather and phenology data which may result in predictive modelling of future phenology or berry size data. Farm level implementation will allow growers to manage crop load and risk while maximizing production.

The conference will feature programming for integrated pest management that allows growers to control pests sustainably and inexpensively. The presentations also provide growers with ample opportunities to obtain recertification credits that area growers need. Grape growers may register for the conference at

The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. For more information, call 664-9502 or visit