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)
2015 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Growers Meeting
January 8, 2015This course will educate produce growers on pest management, varieties and marketing issues in vegetables grown for auction. Topics such as disease resistant varieties, pest ID, responsible spray options, food safety and attributes of successful auction growers will be presented. 2.25 DEC Category Credits in 10, 1a and 23.
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Penn Yan, NY
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
Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State, will be speaking during this webinar.
2015 Empire State Producers EXPO
January 20 - January 22, 2015This show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for the fruit and vegetable growers of this state, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. The Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists are involved in organizing sessions on Processing Vegetables, Potatoes, Onions, Cabbage/Cole Crops, Soil Health, Managing Herbicide Resistance, Tunnels, and Ethnic Vegetables. Registration information will be available soon.
Morning, Mid-day, and Afternoon Sessions
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.