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
EVENT HAS PASSED
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)
Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday
July 7, 2015Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations.
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Crop Quality Control on Small-Scale Organic Farms & High Tunnels
July 8, 2015Tour several acres of cultivated fields to learn how the Falkowskis produce quality organic produce, and market it through direct-to-consumer opportunities. Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Judson Reid will lead a demonstration and discussion of tomato pruning and other high tunnel production practices that improve quality, especially in organic systems. There will be time to network and ask questions.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday
July 14, 2015Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations. Grower experience is combined with research and scouting information for a whole lot of talk about growing ONIONS!
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Cucurbit Downy Mildew Confirmed in WNYCucurbit downy mildew has been found in Erie County, NY on cucumber. This disease quickly moved up the coast with the recent weather systems and is officially here. Characteristic disease symptoms are angular, pale green areas bounded by the leaf veins. They will turn yellow and later necrotic. Under high humidity conditions sporulation will occur on the lower leaf surface. Apply targeted fungicides tank-mixed with protectant fungicides weekly and alternated among available modes of action (FRAC code), starting when there is risk for a specific crop based on forecasting program. Refer to the Cornell Vegetable Guidelines for a complete list of products available. For more information, contact Robert Hadad or Darcy Telenko.
Herbicide Charts for Vegetable Crops AvailableThe Cornell Vegetable Program has compiled herbicide charts for control of weeds in the following crops in New York in 2015: beans (snap & dry beans), beans (lima), beets, cabbage, carrots, cucurbits, peas, peppers, and sweet corn. While these reference charts are handy, it is critical to read the labels thoroughly.
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.