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)
Garlic School 2015
March 3, 2015This year’s garlic school will have a broad focus on disease, insect and weed pests that growers are already dealing with or that may show up in New York from other parts of the country. Cornell pathologists and growers will discuss the latest research on Aster Yellows, a disease which has devastated the garlic industry in the Midwest, and the soil-borne diseases such as Fusarium. The latest fertility and weed control research will also be presented. Industry updates will be presented by David Stern of the NYS Garlic Seed Foundation.
9:30 AM -3:00 PM
Winter Wednesday Lunch Webinar: Using Sanitizers in Wash Water
March 4, 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
Luke LaBorde, Associate Professor, Penn State, will be speaking during this webinar.
Clean Up Your Veggies! Post-Harvest Handling System Workshop
March 9, 2015Join NOFA-NY and Cornell Vegetable Program’s Robert Hadad to learn how to design, build, and operate a small-scale, DIY post-harvest handling system! This great workshop will focus on the trifecta of good washing and handling—food safety, maintaining high quality and efficiency, and affordability for new and small growers.
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow RemovalConcerned about the snowload on your barn roof? 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.
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.