February 27 - February 28, 2014
8:30 AM registration & refreshments; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM training
Civil Defense Center
7220 State Rte 54
Bath, NY 14810
$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 (Steuben County)February 27 - February 28, 2014
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 sponsored by NOFA-NY and is partially funded through a grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.
Thursday, February 27
What is GAPs?
How does GAPs work?
What does it mean for my farming operations?
Friday, February 28
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 February 24, 2014. 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; 707KB)
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
2014 Processing Pea Advisory Meeting
December 8, 2014Come discuss the 2014 processing pea season with industry colleagues. Your input is needed to set priorities for future research.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Report Your Losses Due to Heavy Snow to CCECCE county offices are working to compile a list of farms with damage or losses from the snow storms in WNY the week of 11/17/14. If you have had damage or loss and haven’t spoken to a CCE office in your area, please contact your local office as soon as possible. Vegetable farms can also contact Darcy Telenko.
Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow RemovalThe recent Western NY lake effect snow storms have dumped feet of snow causing many barns to be in danger of failure. Rain events, 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.