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The American Mushroom Institute, the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware sponsored a Mushroom Review Program in October to discuss Managing the Indoor Environment and the Mushroom Crop. The program was a continuation of a popular class started last year by Penn State's Dr. David Beyer and University of Delaware's Dr. Ken Lomax. This year Drs. Beyer and Lomax, with the assistance of Kim Paley, Penn State, discussed air velocity and volume, the biology behind managing Phase II, the basics of heat transfer and compost conditions at spawning. The hands-on workshop was designed for entry-level supervisors as well as a review for experienced growers. Lectures were short and most included demonstrations and activities requiring audience participation.

Alma Rodriguez Estrada served as the Spanish translator for the program. Attendees were tested on their knowledge of molds and diseases and received a category pesticide credit.

A presentation by Joe McKeefrey and Mike Freeman, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, brought participants up to date on compliance issues, the recent raise in minimum wage, housing inspections, employee transportation concerns and the Internet Web site e laws. McKeefrey and Freeman had posters and DOL materials available and were eager to answer questions after the talk.

About 35 people attended the all day workshop held at the Italian American Club in Kennett Square, PA.



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Title Annotation:Industry News; Mushroom Review Program
Publication:Mushroom News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2PA
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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