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)
ANNOUCEMENT: FOR THOSE THAT NEED ASSISTANCE FROM STORM
November 22 - November 25, 2014Ag and Markets will be mobilizing the National Guard to shovel farm roofs and also shovel trenches/water escape paths away from buildings in anticipation of the rain.
If you are in need of this assistance on your farm please contact Darcy 716-697-4965 or firstname.lastname@example.org please leave your name, address and phone number so we can get you connected with the National Guard for help on your farm.
High Tunnel School (Bath, NY)
December 2, 2014This 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 growing experience, those considering getting a tunnel in the next few seasons, or NRCS EQIP recipients.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; registration at 9:30 AM
2014 Processing Beet and Carrot Advisory Meeting
December 8, 2014All are invited to discuss the 2014 processing beet and carrot season in New York. Hear ideas and concerns from fellow growers and industry members. Your input is needed to set future research priorities.
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow RemovalThe recent Western New York lake effect snow storms have dumped feet of snow causing many barns to be in danger of failure. The forecasted rain events for the next few days, along with warming temperatures will increase the weight of the current snow on barn roofs, thus further increasing the risk of barn failure.
Removal of significant snow accumulations off of a barn roof is best performed in a systematic way to reduce the risk of injury or death to both barn occupants and those working on the roof. Removing roof snow without a proper approach may actually cause more damage than if left alone in some cases by creating an unbalanced and/or concentrated roof loads. Read more and view drawings on how to safely and effectively remove snow from a barn roof.
Erie County Snowfall - Contact Us to Report DamageThe Cornell Vegetable Program is working with Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension to report damage caused by the record snowfall in Western New York this week to NYS Ag & Markets, Federal lawmakers, Cornell University's EDEN staff, and New York Farm Bureau. All of these organizations are working together to coordinate an effective response for the agricultural industry. The National Guard has been mobilized in the Buffalo area, but Farm Bureau has been told the current primary responsibility is the health and safety of the citizens. Much of the effort is clearing roads for emergency services and health care workers. As soon as those are met, the focus will turn to other immediate needs, including agricultural priorities.
Report your snowfall damage to Darcy Telenko so that we can forward the information to the appropriate response organization.
In an emergency, your first call should be to 9-1-1. If you need any non-emergency assistance, please contact New York Farm Bureau at 1-800-342-4143. New York Farm Bureau can connect you to the appropriate state services who may be able to help.