December 10 - December 11, 2013
8:30 am registration & refreshments; 9:00 am - 3:30 pm training
Fire Training Center
7690 State Street Road
Batavia, NY 14020
$60.00 per farm
Contact Angela Parr if you need to borrow a laptop for Day 2
HostCornell Cooperative Extension & Cornell GAPs
email Angela Parr
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Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs (Genesee County)December 10 - December 11, 2013
In recent years, several food borne illness outbreaks in produce have made national news. Both the produce industry and the federal government have stepped up demands for fruit and vegetable farms to meet food safety practice standards. These standards are known as GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices).
A new program, Harmonized GAPs, has been developed to combine several food safety certifications into one program. New York's retail produce buyers, such as Wegmans, are asking growers to adopt Harmonized GAPs certification in many cases.
In response, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Cornell Lake Ontario Fruit Team, the Produce Safety Alliance, and the Cornell National GAPs Program, with assistance from NY Ag & Markets, will be presenting a training for farm food safety or GAPs, including Harmonized GAPs. The training is open to all produce farms and related industry people. This workshop is partially funded through a grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.
Tuesday, December 10
What is GAPs?
How does GAPs work?
What does it mean for my farming operations?
Wednesday, December 11
Write a food safety plan for your farm*
Optional supplemental session
Mock audit (at a participant's farm during the growing season)
$60.00 per person registration includes educational materials, lunch and refreshments. Add $15.00 each for additional attendee from the same farm. Space is limited! Pre-register by December 6, 2013. Mail the GAPs flyer and registration form in with your payment, or register and pay online here.
* A laptop computer is required for the second day. If you need to borrow a computer, please let us know in advance. If you are not computer savvy, please bring a person with you that has computer knowledge and skills.
GAPs flyer & registration form (PDF; 604KB)
Tomato Health and Grafting Workshop
February 2, 2015This workshop will review the latest Cornell Vegetable Program research on successful tomato production, including disease resistant varieties, high tunnel crop rotation, greenhouse container results and pest management. Participants will also learn to graft their own tomatoes with live plants. Jump start the 2015 tomato season with season extension and increased yields!
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Erie Vegetable Growers Meeting – High Tunnel School
February 4, 2015This beginner level school is for new high tunnel growers and will focus on best management practices, with an emphasis on tomato production. The school is strongly encouraged for growers with 2 or fewer seasons of tunnel growth experience, those considering getting a tunnel in the next few season, or NRCS EQIP recipients. Topics will include site selection and structural considerations, crop and variety selection, cultural management, disease management, and an experienced grower panel.
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
East Aurora, NY
Erie Vegetable Growers Meeting – Addressing Issues in Vegetable Production
February 5, 2015All vegetable producers are encouraged to attend this day-long meeting featuring Cornell Plant Pathologist Sarah Pethybridge, Vegetable IPM Coordinator for the NYS IPM program Abby Seaman, and Regional Vegetable Specialists. Topics will include weed biology and management, herbicide resistance in weeds, disease biology and management, marketing, spotted wing drosophila management, beneficial insects and rotation in organic vegetable production systems.
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
East Aurora, NY
2015 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines AvailableThe 2015 edition of the Cornell Commercial Vegetable Production Guidelines is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date vegetable crop production information for New York State. It has been designed as a practical guide for vegetable crop producers, crop consultants, and ag suppliers. In addition to the annually revised pesticide and crop production information, this edition also includes revised soil management guidelines; adding mode of action/group numbers to all pesticide listings; updated Colorado potato beetle resistance management information; totally revised organic vegetable production information; and the addition of western bean cutworm in sweet corn and western flower thrips in tomatoes as pests of concern.
NOTE: Beginning in 2015, Vegetable Guidelines will no longer be offered for free online. Instead, you will have the option to purchase just a print copy ($33 plus shipping), online version ($33), or a bundle of a print copy plus online access ($46 plus shipping). You can order this publication, or other Cornell Guidelines from the Cornell Store at Cornell University at 800-624-4080.
Crops Not Covered by Crop Insurance: Deadline 2/1USDA recently announced the release of a reinvigorated Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). This is a result of opportunities created by the Farm Bill of 2014, and a general interest in covering more crops under the increasingly important policy umbrella known as crop insurance. NY legislators have been pushing for more creativity to provide safety net programs for producers of horticultural crops that do not have other crop insurance alternatives.
For very early spring planted vegetables the deadline is February 1, with later planted crops having a later deadline. Read more on program and deadlines.