Fruit Research and Extension Center
The Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville is situated on 180 acres of fertile land in south-central Pennsylvania, in the heart of the major tree fruit production area of the state.
In addition to providing site-specific conditions for research, the facility increases opportunities for growers, consultants, consumers, and students to observe experiments and to consult with scientists. Extension specialists apply experimental findings to local conditions, and, in turn, make suggestions to scientists about new research needs.
Update Meeting on Food Safety, Workforce Recruitment and Orchard Conservation Practices
February 20, 2015Rice Fruit Company is hosting a grower educational update meeting on March 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Topics to be addressed include food safety, H2A, and NRCS programs to assist growers in their environmental stewardship efforts.
It's Time to Schedule an Airblast Sprayer Calibration
February 16, 2015Proper calibration is a must to make sure pesticide applications get to the target at the proper rate. The Penn State Pesticide Education Program uses calibration units that enable us to collect the output from each nozzle. With the collected information, we troubleshoot any problems like worn or plugged nozzles or broken or wrong whirl plates. The end result is a calibrated sprayer ready to go for the growing season. Growers may sign up to have their sprayers calibrated at the Penn State Pesticide Education website.
Take the University of Maryland Food Safety Survey
January 29, 2015Researchers at the University of Maryland are conducting a nationwide survey of vegetable and fruit growers to better understand how the FDA's proposed rule on produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact them. As an incentive to take the survey, participants have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free Apple iPad after completing the survey.