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)
2014 Processing Snap and Lima Bean Advisory Meeting
December 17, 2014The processing snap and lima bean industry will meet to discuss the 2014 growing season and to set priorities for future research. Your input is needed!
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2014 Processing Sweet Corn Advisory Meeting
December 17, 2014Your input is needed to set future research priorities. Come discuss the 2014 growing season with your industry peers and hear the latest research results.
10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Winter Wednesday Lunch Webinar: Current Issues in Strawberry Pest Management
January 14, 2015Penn State and Cornell University have teamed up to present a series of webinars to keep you informed about critical production issues. This series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and surrounding states.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cathy Heidenreich, Extension Support Specialist, Cornell, and Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State, will be speaking during this webinar.
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.
2015 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines Available SoonThe 2015 edition of the Cornell Commercial Vegetable Production Guidelines will be released in January. 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.
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.