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Food Safety

Food SafetyFarm food safety begins with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs): the basic environmental and operational conditions that are necessary for the production of safe fruits and vegetables.

Farmers need to take steps to minimize pathogen contamination during production and harvest of their fresh produce. They should avoid side-dressing with manure, exclude animals near fields, promote proper worker hygiene in the field, test irrigation water quality, select irrigation methods that minimize crop wetting or allows for leaves to dry quickly, clean and sanitize harvest bins, promote cleanliness at U-Pick, and keep produce cool.

As consumers demand safer food, a growing number of retailers are requiring farmers to have independent, 3rd-party inspections of farms, certifying that their fruits and vegetables are being grown, harvested and packaged using Good Agricultural Practices.


Relevant Event

2017 Empire State Producers EXPO

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 16 - January 19, 2017
Morning, Mid-day, and Afternoon Sessions
Syracuse, NY

Most Recent Food Safety Content

SOP for Washing Produce with a Bleach Sanitizing Solution

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: May 13, 2016
SOP for Washing Produce with a Bleach Sanitizing Solution

This standard operating procedure (SOP) will guide you through the steps necessary to wash produce in a food safe manner. From calculation of sanitizer rates to washing procedures, many variables can affect the safety of produce on your farm. Use this SOP to learn how to use sanitizers in your produce washing procedure, for training employees and future reference.

SOP for Washing Produce with a Peracetic Acid (PAA) Solution

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: May 13, 2016
SOP for Washing Produce with a Peracetic Acid (PAA) Solution

This standard operating procedure will guide you through the steps necessary to wash produce in a food safe manner. From calculation of sanitizer rates to washing procedures, many variables can affect the safety of produce on your farm. Use this SOP to learn how to use sanitizers in your produce washing procedure, for training employees and future reference.

Material List and Cost Calculator for Building a Wash Table and Aerator

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: March 16, 2016
Material List and Cost Calculator for Building a Wash Table and Aerator

Our model wash table was built from parts purchased entirely from a decently stocked hardware store. The list contains all the components we used to build the main table, the side modular tables, and the "dirty table". Also listed are the prices we paid to give you an idea of a building price. The real goal for these tables is to demonstrate that it doesn't require high priced equipment to get started in setting up an easily cleanable wash line set-up. The idea is to have something usable whether it is indoors or outside under canopies. The key is having the tables and equipment that can be easily cleaned and sanitized while being low-cost, easy to build, and totally functional.


More Food Safety Content

Video: Produce Washing Stations - How to Use a Germicidal Bleach
Cost Calculator: Three Basin Produce Washing
Sanitizer Dose Calculation Spreadsheet
Crop Cooler Storage Planner
Crop Cooling and Storage
Recommendations for Cleaning and Storing Your Harvest Containers and Tools
Video: Farm Food Safety as if Someone's Life Depended On It
Building an Easy Clean Produce Wash Table
Wash Your Greens: A Low-Cost but Effective Washer/Spinner Design
Food Safety Considerations and Design for Packing Sheds
Sample SOPs on Hand Washing and On-Farm Injury
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Upcoming Events

Soil Health & Cover Crop Workshop

June 30, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Elba, NY

Sponsored by the Western New York Soil Health Alliance, a farmer-to-farmer network, this meeting will discuss soil health basics and why to start cover cropping. Keynote speaker Jeff Rasawehr of Centerseeds and the Cover Crop Ranch Meat Company will focus on how to develop a profitable approach to managing soil health with cover crops. A farmer panel with show and discuss on-farm trials. The Cornell Vegetable Program's Darcy Telenko will talk about the Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program and the new tools available to help manage your crops.
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Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday

July 5, 2016
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Elba, NY

Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations.
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Fresh Market Vegetable Field Day: Early Disease Detection and Weed Management Options

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 6, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Batavia, NY

View demonstration plots to exemplify early disease detection and weed management options for fresh market vegetable production. In addition to the demonstration plots, sessions will be offered throughout the day on weed and disease identification and biology, soil health and resistance management by CVP team members and county agriculture Educators. Regional equipment dealers and industry representatives will be invited to display equipment and new technology. CCA and DEC credits will be available.
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Announcements

Cornell High Tunnels Website Redesigned

The Cornell High Tunnel website has been redesigned to help farmers profit from the use of high tunnels to extend their growing season and produce higher quality vegetables, fruit and flowers. The site contains information on the different types of structures and the resources for high tunnel profitability. Events, Tweets by Judson Reid, and the latest blog articles are accessible as well.

Assisting Western New York Vegetable Growers

Western New York is a national leader in vegetable production and the largest vegetable producing region in the state of New York, contributing an estimated $280 million to the state's economy each year. The region grows a diverse set of crops including tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, cabbage and peppers on large acres, and another 50 crops on smaller plantings.

The Cornell Vegetable Program's video, "Meet the Cornell Vegetable Program" provides an introduction to our team of specialists and how we assist vegetable growers throughout the region. We greatly appreciate that several WNY vegetable growers shared their thoughts on what the Cornell Vegetable Program means to them: Paul Fenton, Batavia; Mark Zittel, Eden; and Matt Mortellaro, Elba. Watch the video now!

2016 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines Available

The 2016 edition of the Cornell Commercial Vegetable Production Guidelines is 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 the addition of several new pests of concern (seedcorn maggot in beans, leafminers in lettuce and endive, spider mites in peppers, anthracnose in spinach, and powdery mildew in tomatoes), a new table listing biofungicide options for vegetable production, revised management strategies for striped cucumber beetle in cucurbits and Stewart's wilt in sweet corn, and identification of pesticide active ingredients that meet EPA's criteria for acute toxicity to bees.

NOTE: Vegetable Guidelines are 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 844-688-7620.

Empire State Producers EXPO Proceedings Available

Proceedings from the Empire State Producers EXPO conference from 2011-2016 are available online. 

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