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REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training




Event Details

Date

April 3, 2020

Time

April 3 is the registration deadline ONLY. Program date and time TBD.

Location

Already registered? You will be contacted with details on how to participate in the revised program.

Cost

English Speaking Special Permit and WPS Training : $20.00

(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)

Spanish Speaking Special Permit and WPS Training : $20.00

(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)

English Speaking Worker Protection Standard Training ONLY : $20.00

(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)

Spanish Speaking Worker Protection Standard Training ONLY : $20.00

(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)

At The Door Price
At the door : $40.00

Host

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Christy Hoepting
585-721-6853


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REVISED PROGRAM ACCOMMODATES SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
Special Permit Training (SPT) for 2020 has been revised to an online format that accommodates current restrictions on public meetings, recommendations for social distancing, and projected delays in H2A guest worker processing imposed by COVID-19. Many thanks to the NYS DEC, CALS and CCE administration, and CCE staff for their prompt action on this very critical program for NYS agriculture.

In time for the originally proposed in-person SP Trainings on April 7 and 8, we hope to have available pre-recorded training modules. It will be the responsibility of the Supervisor/Certified Pesticide Applicator(s) on each farm to administer the training modules and written exam to their Special Permit trainees. Once registered, all of the necessary training materials and documents associated with Special Permit applications will be sent separately to each farm along with a private link to access the training modules.

Special Permits will only be issued for 10 specific pesticide labels. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The labels that will be covered include Lorsban Advanced (for control of black stem borer in apple only), Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV (no Gramoxone this year.)

NEW THIS YEAR
Under the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, pesticide handlers who received Special Permits in 2019 (passed the written exam, not just came to the training) will be "grandfathered in" for 2020, which means that their training requirements will be greatly reduced. Please pre-register your workers that fall into this category as well. Workers who have never taken SPT or those who had taken the course prior to 2019 will need to complete the full training and pass the written exam to receive their Special Permits.

REGISTRATION
Please register your workers in need of SPT by Friday, April 3, so that we can process your registrations and prepare all of the customized paperwork in a timely manner. Note, that your pesticide handlers do not need to be in the country for you to pre-register them by the deadline. 

Special Permit applications may be submitted to NYSDEC after completion of training modules and exam for each worker.  If you have workers that continue to "trickle in" after your first round of training, it will absolutely be possible for you to train them and apply for their Special Permits at a later time.  Please pre-register these workers at this time.

Register online. $20 per trainee.

If you called and left a message with Kim Hazel on or after March 20 to register for SPT and have not heard back, please contact Janet or Christy by April 3, or register online.

Next week, we will send out detailed instructions regarding the execution of SPT to the farms who have registered.

QUESTIONS??
For more information or any questions, please contact Janet Van Zoeren at 585-797-8368 / email Janet, or Christy Hoepting at 585-721-6953 / email Christy



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JOB POSTING: Onion Crop Scout

Be a Vital Part of New York Onion Production!

We are looking for someone who appreciates agriculture to scout commercial onion fields in Oswego Co. and/or Wayne Co. for 13 weeks during the summer, maximum 19 hours/week, who would return to the seasonal position annually.

As an Onion Crop Scout for the Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP), you will independently scout 11 commercial onion fields collecting data on insect pests, diseases, weeds and crop stage/quality. Scouting data will be summarized into a preliminary report which is finalized by Cornell's Onion Specialist. Growers use the scouting reports to inform their spray decisions, which enables an integrated approach to pest management. Your hard work will ensure grower engagement, implementation of research-based recommendations, and early detection of emerging issues. It is the "beating heart" of CVP's onion program.

Pay: $18.50/hr. No benefits. Personal mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.

Key Qualifications & Skills:
  • High School diploma and 6 months experience in an agriculture setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
  • Visual concentration and attention to detail are required to detect pests and pest damage.
  • Able to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Proven experience in communicating effectively, both written and oral.
  • Preferred: Experience working with plants, plant disease and other pest identification.
Training will include being accompanied by a veteran onion scout for the first season with the intention of scouting independently in the second year, and ideally for several more years after.

Flexible on start and end dates, day(s) of week you work, and whether Oswego or Wayne or both counties are scouted. Our priority is finding someone who will return to the position annually.

Read details about the Onion Crop Scout position.

To apply (resume and cover letter): http://tiny.cc/Onion_Scout_WDR_00043345