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January 2018

2018 Produce Auction Growers Meeting (Yates County)

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 4, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Penn Yan, NY

2018 Produce Auction Growers Meeting (Yates County)
This course will educate growers on disease and pest management, varieties and marketing issues in open field and high tunnel vegetables. Topics such as disease resistant varieties, pest/disease, cultural management and appropriate spray options.  

2018 Becker Forum: Farm Employment Practices - Planning for the Future

January 15, 2018
8:30 AM registration, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Syracuse, NY

2018 Becker Forum: Farm Employment Practices - Planning for the Future
The 2018 Becker Forum will take place on Monday, January 15, one day prior to the opening of the Empire State Producers Expo. The forum will focus on agricultural workforce issues with three general themes: securing a legal agricultural workforce, labor law compliance and H-2A program topics.

2018 Empire State Producers EXPO

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 16 - January 18, 2018
1.25 hr sessions throughout each day
Syracuse, NY

2018 Empire State Producers EXPO
The 2018 Empire State Producers Expo combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. 

Growing, Washing and Packing High Tunnel Winter Greens: Doing It and Doing It Well

January 18, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saratoga Springs, NY

Growing, Washing and Packing High Tunnel Winter Greens: Doing It and Doing It Well
NOFA-NY 2018 Winter Conference: Pre-Conference Event
This event promises to help growers bring their winter greens production to the next level -- both in the high tunnel and in the packshed. There will be an emphasis on best management practices in the high tunnel, especially practices which support long term soil health and fertility. In the packshed, processing efficiency and food safety will both be stressed.

The day will begin at 9:00 am in conference room Broadway 1, with workshops on issues and opportunities in winter high tunnel production and best practices for postharvest handling, including food safety concerns.

Upon completion of the workshops at 10:30 am, everyone will board a bus and travel to Paul and Sandy Arnold's Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY for a farm tour and farmer-led discussions in the high tunnel and packshed. A farm to table lunch, with a vegetarian option, will be served at the farm. After lunch, the tours and discussions will continue and then everyone will come together for a Q&A session with hot cider and light snacks. The bus will leave the farm at about 3:15 pm and should be back at the hotel by 4:00 pm. 

2018 Western NY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 31, 2018
8:00 AM registration, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM program
Lockport, NY

2018 Western NY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting
A regional meeting to discuss results from 2017 research trials and present information on pest management. Research and outreach programs supported by NY Farm Viability Institute. 3.0 DEC credits available.

Produce Grower Food Safety Training - FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs

January 30, 2018 : FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs Produce Safety Alliance Training Course

January 31, 2018 : Workshop on Farm Food Safety Plan Writing

FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs Produce Safety Alliance Training Course
This program is for fruit and vegetable growers who need Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification or GAPs/HGAPs (Good Agricultural Practices/ Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices) training required by buyers (i.e. 3rd-party food safety audits based on a written food safety plan) or if you are just interested in learning about produce safety.

Over the course of the training, certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers will cover content contained in these seven modules:
  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use 
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) 
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation 
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
An optional farm food safety plan writing workshop is offered on January 31. Separate registration required.


February 2018

2018 Western NY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting (Eastern location)

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 1, 2018
8:00 AM registration, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM program
Irondequoit, NY

2018 Western NY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting (Eastern location)
A regional meeting to discuss results from 2017 research trials and present information on pest management. Research and outreach programs supported by NY Farm Viability Institute. 3.0 DEC credits available.

Vegetable Fertility Considerations for Season Extension

February 8, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jamestown, NY

Vegetable Fertility Considerations for Season Extension
Interested in pushing your fruits and vegetables further with season extension techniques? Mulch, low tunnels, high tunnels and greenhouses all can increase yield and harvest window, but require a different fertility approach. In this session, we will discuss how to provide adequate nutrients to your crops without overloading the soil. By taking a balanced approach we can assure long-term, high yielding soils. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and much more!

2018 Genesee Valley Produce Auction Growers Meeting

February 12, 2018
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Centerville, NY

2018 Genesee Valley Produce Auction Growers Meeting
This year's program will included information on growing vegetables and plants. Hear disease and pest management in vegetables, soil nutrient management, grading and packing information, and experience shared by fellow growers. A panel from Finger Lakes Produce Auction and a buyers panel will be featured. 

2018 Chautauqua Produce Auction Growers Meeting

February 13, 2018
9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Clymer, NY

2018 Chautauqua Produce Auction Growers Meeting
This course will educate growers on disease and pest management, food safety regulations and soil health for vegetables. 

Greater WNY Vegetable Farming Collaborative Teach-In

February 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Geneva, NY

Greater WNY Vegetable Farming Collaborative Teach-In
To launch this inaugural Teach-In program (discussion group), we will be discussing necessary equipment and how to come up with a plan for solving our seasonal labor issues.


March 2018

2018 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 6, 2018
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Batavia, NY

2018 NYS Dry Bean Meeting
Join us for research and production updates on dry bean varieties and bean breeding, weed management, Western bean cutworm, and white mold disease. A market analysis will be provided as well. We will review research priorities and gather suggestions for future educational programs.

Season Extension with High Tunnels: Know Before You Grow

March 6 - April 10, 2018
Every Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Season Extension with High Tunnels: Know Before You Grow
Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before (or long after) other local growers. But the structures that make this possible --(unheated plastic-covered "high tunnels" or "hoop houses") can cost a lot of money, and they bring special management considerations that need to be understood in order to be profitable additions to your farm.

Offered as an online course through the Cornell Small Farms Program, this course (BF220) is meant for farmers who already have some experience successfully growing vegetables outdoors and are exploring high tunnels as a way to expand the season or improve plant quality. Information will be focused on using high tunnels in colder climates (US Climate Zones 4-6), but can be adapted to other growing regions.

Pre-Season Onion Weed Management Meeting (Wayne County)

March 13, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Newark, NY

Pre-Season Onion Weed Management Meeting (Wayne County)
CVP Onion Specialist Christy Hoepting will provide an informal review of the 2017 Cornell onion herbicide research trials followed by a casual roundtable discussion of weed control in 2018, improved control of problem weeds, threshold for crop injury, and identifying questions/treatments for 2018 herbicide trials.

Pre-Season Onion Weed Management Meeting (Oswego County)

March 16, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Oswego, NY

Pre-Season Onion Weed Management Meeting (Oswego County)
CVP Onion Specialist Christy Hoepting will provide an informal review of the 2017 Cornell onion herbicide research trials followed by a casual roundtable discussion of weed control in 2018, improved control of problem weeds, threshold for crop injury, and identifying questions/treatments for 2018 herbicide trials.

Pre-Season Onion Weed Management Meeting (Elba Muck)

March 20, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Elba, NY

Pre-Season Onion Weed Management Meeting (Elba Muck)
CVP Onion Specialist Christy Hoepting will provide an informal review of the 2017 Cornell onion herbicide research trials followed by a casual roundtable discussion of weed control in 2018, improved control of problem weeds, threshold for crop injury, and identifying questions/treatments for 2018 herbicide trials.


April 2018

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)

April 4, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
Newark, NY

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)
Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. 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, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)

April 5, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM English & Spanish sessions
Albion, NY

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)
Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. 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, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

Erie County Beginning Farmer Discussion Group: Vegetable Farming 101

April 12, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Erie County Beginning Farmer Discussion Group: Vegetable Farming 101
Join a group of beginning farmers at CCE Erie to learn the basics of vegetable farming. Darcy Telenko, Fresh Market Vegetable Specialist for the Cornell Vegetable Program, will discuss soil testing, growing vegetables using plastic mulch, and weed and disease management.


May 2018

FSMA 7-Hour Grower Training Course plus optional 2nd Day Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

May 2, 2018 : FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course

May 3, 2018 : Optional Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course
This program is for fruit and vegetable growers who need Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification or GAPs/HGAPs (Good Agricultural Practices/ Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices) training required by buyers (i.e. 3rd-party food safety audits based on a written food safety plan) or if you are just interested in learning about produce safety.

Over the course of the training, certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers will cover content contained in these seven modules:
  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use 
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) 
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation 
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
An optional farm food safety plan writing workshop is offered on May 3. Separate registration required.


June 2018

2018 WNY Fresh Market Vegetable Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 19, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:55 PM; dinner served at 8:00 PM
Eden, NY

2018 WNY Fresh Market Vegetable Twilight Meeting
An early season fresh market vegetable discussion of issues and to present information on pest management tools. Marion Zuefle, NYS IPM, will review and demonstrate how to scout for sweet corn pests and identify major sweet corn insect pests. John Wallace, Cornell, and Bryan Brown, NYS IPM, will discuss major weed biology, identification, and weed management tools in vegetables. The Cornell Vegetable Program's Darcy Telenko will lead a crop walk and talk about early season pest monitoring and management options. And Robert Hadad, Cornell Vegetable Program, will provide an update on FSMA ad implications for the 2018 season.

2018 Annual Elba Muck Onion Twilight Meeting Featuring Herbicide Trial Tours

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 21, 2018
5:30 PM dinner, 6:00 - 8:30 PM program and tours
Elba, NY

2018 Annual Elba Muck Onion Twilight Meeting Featuring Herbicide Trial Tours
All onion growers are invited to this event which will feature trial tours and demonstrations of pre- and post-emergent weed control in direct seeded onions. 2.0 DEC recertification credits and CCA credits will be available.


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Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Elba Muck Onion Twilight Meeting Featuring Herbicide Trial Tours

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 21, 2018
5:30 PM dinner, 6:00 - 8:30 PM program and tours
Elba, NY

All onion growers are invited to this event which will feature trial tours and demonstrations of pre- and post-emergent weed control in direct seeded onions. 2.0 DEC recertification credits and CCA credits will be available.
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Announcements

2018 NY Produce Auction Locations and Contact Info

Produce auctions in New York State have been formed so that produce growers have a way of marketing their product to quality minded buyers through open competitive bidding. Six of the eight produce auctions in NYS are in WNY! A map of produce auction locations across the state is provided along with auction days, times, and contact information.

Unsure how to purchase at a produce auction? The updated How To guide will give you some quick pointers on the auction terminology and how to make purchases at an auction.

Vegetable Sizing Templates Available

To assist farmers looking to sell into wholesale markets, vegetable sizing templates are now available for bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash. The crop templates are scaled to size (8.5 x 11 paper). They can be printed and used to create sizing templates to be used by workers on the wash and pack lines. Additional grading resources are available too.

Cornell Commercial Vegetable Guidelines Available

The 2018 Cornell Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Production are now available!

Written by Cornell University specialists, this publication is designed to offer producers, seed and chemical dealers, and crop consultants practical information on growing and managing vegetable crops in New York State. Topics include general culture, nutrient management, transplant production, postharvest handling, organic production, and managing common vegetable crop pest concerns. A preview of the Vegetable Guidelines can be seen online.

Highlighted changes in the 2018 Vegetable Guidelines include:
  • Updated pesticide options for economically important vegetable crop pests.
  • Significantly revised pest management practices.
  • New onion and sweet corn IPM scouting report forms.
Cornell Crop and Pest Management Guidelines are available as a print copy ($41), online-only access ($41), or a package combining print and online access ($57.50). Shipping charges will be added to your order. Cornell Guidelines can be obtained through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office, or from the Cornell Store at Cornell University or call (844) 688-7620.

Empire State Producers EXPO Proceedings

Proceedings from the Empire State Producers EXPO conference from 2011-2018 are available online.

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