Author: Frances Champagne

FREE Professional Agricultural Advising Sessions

Our popular One-on-One Agricultural Advising Sessions are back! In-person and virtual options are available, but space is limited.

Draw from the well of experience. One-on-one 2024 Free professional agricultural advising sessions

These sessions are a cooperative effort of UConn Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA).

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More information on Risk Management


Workshop: Options to Mitigate Farm Financial Losses

Workshop Announcement:
Join UConn Extension at CLiCK in Windham for a workshop on how to alleviate financial issues due to climate change and better understand United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs as well as crop insurance and farm finances.
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Winter 2024 Ornamental and Turf Short Course

Registration now open! 

Winter 2024 Ornamental and Turf Short Course

Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm, from January 10 – March 13, 2024 

Register Here

More information at

Ornamental and Turf Online Short Course Description 

UConn Extension offers an online Ornamental & Turf Short Course in the fall and winter, which helps students prepare for the pesticide applicator supervisory exam. 

This Short Course is an in-depth review of the information necessary to study for and pass the Ornamental and Turf/Golf Course Superintendents State of Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Certification (category 3A) exam. A student that completes all the modules, works through the quizzes, and studies the resource materials independently should be able to pass both the written and oral state exam successfully. 

This short course consists of eight modules that the student can complete independently: Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Pesticide Safety, Botany, Plant Pathology and Ornamental Plant Diseases, Entomology and Insect Pests of Woody Ornamentals, Area and Dosage Calculations, Turf Management, and Weed Management. Each module consists of learning objectives, topic sections, and slides with a recorded narrative, and closes with a quiz on the material. The modules can be completed and revisited at any time while the student is enrolled in the course. 

An instructor will meet virtually with the students weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30-7 pm to review each module topic and answer questions. Each weekly class includes a basic overview of the subject and highlights specific pests, their biology, and control. There will be a total of 10 sessions, including 8 sessions for modules, one introductory session, and one optional wrap up session for questions. 

Expect to spend study time reviewing each module topic outside of the review class. The more time you spend studying the module topics and reviewing each module’s post-quiz, the more beneficial the course will be for preparing for the final short course exam and the state exam. 

Registration is $375 and is available online with a credit card at: 

UConn Extension Marketplace 

Please register as a guest and select NONE for shipping. 

Questions? Please contact Alyssa Siegel-Miles, 



The Pesticide Applicator Core Manual, the required training manual for the course, can be downloaded free at National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Core Manual.


You can also buy a physical copy of this manual from UConn Marketplace:  

Core Manual (pickup in Vernon CT option) or  

Core Manual (shipping option)


An optional manual, “Ornamental and Turf, Category 3 Manual” ($43.00 plus shipping and handling), is also available from Cornell at: 

Check for used copies of these books with your colleagues or online. 

Information regarding testing and other information can be found on the CT DEEP website links: 


Information for Supervisory Certification is at: 


Questions? Please contact Alyssa Siegel-Miles,

2024 CT Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers’ Conference

UConn Extension Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers’ Conference

 January 9, 2024

UConn Student Union, Rooms 330 & 304

For full agenda and more information visit:
Early Registration $40.00, ends Wednesday December 20, 2023 at noon

$60.00 after December 20, 2023

Matriculated Students: $30.00 with valid school ID

Online registration will be open until January 3, 2024 at noon

Trade Show held throughout the conference, Pesticide recertification credits: 4 CEU to be confirmed. 

Lunch & Parking is included in conference registration. Prior to the day of the conference, you will be sent an event parking link to register for validated parking

You must be registered prior to January 3, 2024 in order to receive free parking

Register online at:

To pay by check visit: or email

Trade Show Registration: $180.00 (includes one person’s registration)


Trade show set up is from 7:00-7:45 am, breaks for trade show are from 8:00-8:55 am,

10:00-10:45am and 12:00-1:00pm, clean up is after 2:00 pm.

Trade Show Registration closes December 22, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Conference Sponsor Information 

Sponsor Registration:

Silver Sponsor: $100.00 Includes advertisement

Gold Sponsor: $250.00 Includes 1 regular registration & larger advertisement

Platinum Sponsor: $500.00 Includes 1 trade show registration, 1 regular registration (2 people total) & larger advertisement

Advertisement includes: business logo highlighted in the conference program and business information advertised periodically throughout the conference and at the tradeshow. Sponsor Registration closes December 22, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Any business, farm, organization or individual can be a conference sponsor. You do not need to attend the conference to be a sponsor.

If you have any questions please email or call 860-875-3331


Roadside Revegetation

Earlier this month, Laura Urban presented a lecture to our CLIR (Center for Learnign in Retirement) community: The Roadside to a Thriving Native Ecosystem; we are pleased to announce that the slideshow portion of the presentation is now available to view on the CLIR website!

Click the image above or the direct link below to access this informative slideshow!

Meat and Poultry HACCP Course

HACCP for Meat and Poultry Processors

(Course approved by International HACCP Alliance)

This three-day International HACCP Alliance approved Meat and Poultry HACCP course will provide participants with the information they need to prepare a HACCP food safety program and plan for a plant under USDA/FSIS Grant of Inspection.

*See additional information below flyer; click flyer to enlarge.

*Course dates and times (must be present for entire course):

Wednesday, August 23rd 9:00-5:00 (registration opens at 8:30)Thursday, August 24th 8:30 am to 5:00 pmAND Friday, August 25th 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Course location:Tolland Agricultural County Extension Center,

John Elliott Building

24 Hyde Avenue

Vernon, CT 06066

Registration:The cost of registration is $425 per person and covers program costs, continental breakfast, and lunch. You must pre-register. Space is limited. Registration materials must be received by August 10th. There will be no refunds after August 10.

For information regarding program and registration, please contact: Indu Upadhyaya at (860)-786-8191 or

To register online using a credit card please visit

To register by mail, complete and mail the form at the end of the above flyer.

Directions and parking:

  • From I-84 Eastbound, take Exit 67 for CT-31
    • Turn left onto CT-31 N and follow for ~0.4 mi
    • Turn right onto CT-30 N
      • Tolland Agricultural Center is about 0.10 mi on the right
  • From I-84 Westbound, take Exit 67 for CT-31
    • Turn right onto CT-31 N and follow for ~0.4 mi
    • Turn right onto CT-30 N
      • Tolland Agricultural Center is about 0.10 mi on the right

Accommodations: If you need overnight accommodations, you may wish to try:

Schedule (Subject to change.)

Wednesday, August 23

8:30 Registration, continental breakfast9:00 Introduction and Prerequisite Programs

  • Introduction, overview, regulations
  • Microbiological, Physical, Chemical Hazards

12:15 Lunch1:00 HACCP Prerequisite programs and Preliminary steps

  • Good Manufacturing Practices; Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures; Standard Operating Procedures; other prerequisite programs
  • Description of product, ingredient list, flow chart
  • Breakout session #1

5:00 Adjourn

Thursday, August 24

8:30 Breakfast on arrival, Q/A

  • Breakout session #1 reports HACCP Steps 1 & 2
  • Conducting a Hazard Analysis
  • Identifying Critical Control Points
  • Breakout session #2 and reports

12:00 Lunch12:45 HACCP Steps 3, 4, 5

  • Establishing Critical Limits, Monitoring Procedures, and Corrective Actions
  • Breakout session #3 and reports HACCP Steps 6 & 7
  • Record Keeping and Verification

5:00 Adjourn

Friday, August 25

Breakfast on arrival

8:30 HACCP Implementation and Management

  • Breakout session #4 and Reports
  • Implementing and maintaining a HACCP Plan
  • Evaluation and closing comments

12:30 Adjourn

An Equal opportunity program provider and employer

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations (including special dietary needs), please contact Indu Upadhyaya at or call her at (860)-786-8191 as early as possible prior to the event to help us ensure availability. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange. A good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the workshop.

Upcoming Field Workshops on Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production

REMINDER: Our Tri-State SARE Professional Development Project is pleased to announce two summer workshops for Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production. Click the flyer image above or the link below for more information on the workshops. Please email with any questions. Additional information on the SARE program can be found at

Workshop Schedule:

Wheel View Farm, Thursday, June 22 9am-12pm

In conjunction with American Farmland Trust, we invite you to join us in touring this pasture raised beef operation. We welcome Heather Darby with UVM Extension who will lead our discussion focusing on nutrient management.

Wheel View Farm, 212 Reynolds Rd
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Wild Harmony Farm, Thursday, July 6 9:30am-12pm

Join us as we tour this beef cattle and swine farm to get a first hand look at the nutrient management practices in place. Rich Meinert, extension specialist at UConn will be on hand to provide expertise and answer questions.

Wild Harmony Farm366 Victory Hwy C
Exeter, RI 02822

Click to view 2023 SARE field workshops

On-Farm Field Day

June 1, 1-4pm

Join us at Cecarellis Harrison Hill Farm for an on-farm field day!

186 Old Post Rd Northford, CT 06472

Register at

Focus will be on low-to no-till implements, a new strip-type plastic culture implemented to battle climate change, along with other customized implements that fit the need for small farms.

Implements include:

  • Zone Tiller
  • No-Till Drill
  • Roller Crimper
  • No-Till Corn planter
  • Low Till Corn planter
  • Speed Disc Tiller
  • Plastic Layer

This event will include live in-field demonstrations of these implements!