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January 2018

What is my job? Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

January 4, 2018
1-4 pm
Ballston Spa, NY

What is my job?  Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

How well do your employees understand their jobs?

Everyone wants farm employees who know what to do without being told. Unfortunately most people you hire or manage can't read minds. This workshop will help you develop effective tools for training and evaluating new employees or employees moving into new positions.


Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work

January 4, 2018
9-12pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work

Do you have a lot of staff turnover?  Do you want to improve your communication skills about your farm business with your employees? Do you need an employee handbook? This workshop is for you.


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.  

Keeping Good Staff when Money is Tight & Managing conflict in the workplace

January 11, 2018
10am-12pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Keeping Good Staff when Money is Tight & Managing conflict in the workplace

Although everyone likes to be paid, money is not the only, or even most important, motivator for staff retention and performance. Poorly addressed conflict, however, can cost you good employees.  Learn to motivate and retain farm staff while managing conflict and problem farm employees.


Are you managing your risks as a farm employer? The compliance and safety workshop

January 11, 2018
1:00pm-4:00pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Are you managing your risks as a farm employer? The compliance and safety workshop

This is the workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of risk management as a farm employer.


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 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. 

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. 

Produce Grower Food Safety Training - FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs

January 31 - November 30, -0001

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.

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.

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.

Clinton County Pesticide Recertification Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 6, 2018
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Plattsburgh, NY

Join CCE Clinton County for two pesticide recertification opportunities!

Cost: $10 for the morning session and $10 for the afternoon session (2 core recertification credits per session)

Why: No matter what category your license is in, your recertification credits must be 25% in your category. The other 75% can be core OR category. We are offering CORE credits in Entomology, Weeds, IPM and Pesticide Safety.

*Important* Categories 1-13 are on a 3 year cycle. Categories 21-41 are on a 5 year cycle. Check the DEC website for more information.


 


Essex County Pesticide Recertification Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 7, 2018
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Westport, NY

Join CCE Essex County for two pesticide recertification opportunities!

Cost: $10 for the morning session and $10 for the afternoon session (2 core recertification credits per session)

Why: No matter what category your license is in, your recertification credits must be 25% in your category. The other 75% can be core OR category. We are offering CORE credits in Entomology, Weeds, IPM and Pesticide Safety.

*Important* Categories 1-13 are on a 3 year cycle. Categories 21-41 are on a 5 year cycle. Check the DEC website for more information.


 


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!

Growing Alliums for Storage & Long Term Sales

February 8, 2018
9:30am-3:30pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Growing Alliums  for Storage & Long Term Sales

Join us for an interactive meeting facilitated by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture specialists: Amy Ivy, Ethan Grundberg Teresa Rusinek & Crystal Stewart.  A grower panel will also be featured. 

Topics will include:  Growing practices that lead to good storage, tips and tricks for harvest, drying and storage, and ample time for audience questions about garlic, leeks, onions, and shallots.



 


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.

2018 Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference

February 21 - November 30, -0001

This two day conference combines all of ENYCHP's traditional fruit and vegetable meetings into one large event in the Capital Region.  Sessions will include two full days of tree fruit programing, one day of vegetable programing, a half day of berry and half day of agricultural business management. 

Register before February 13th for a reduced rate!  Hot Lunch and admission to the trade show are included with the registration fee.

DEC Credits will be available in the Tree Fruit, Vegetable, and Small Fruit Sessions. 

Rooms are available for those who wish to stay overnight at the Desmond. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3500. Please ask for our reduced conference rate.


Orange County Onion School & PSA Grower Training Bundle Deal

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 28 - March 1, 2018
Middleton, NY

Please register here only if you plan to attend both the 2018 Onion School on February 28th, and the PSA Grower Training on March 1st.  This bundle deal will save you $25 per person!

Orange County Onion School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 28, 2018
9:00am-3:30pm
Middletown, NY

Orange County Onion School
Come join us at the Orange County Cooperative Office for our annual onion school!  DEC Credits will be available.

Save $25 if you attend both the Onion School and the March 1st PSA Grower Training Course.  To register for this bundle deal, CLICK HERE


March 2018

Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work

March 1, 2018
5-8 pm
Kingston, NY

Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work

Do you have a lot of staff turnover?  Do you want to improve your communication skills with your employees? This workshop is for you.


PSA Grower Training Course

March 1, 2018
8:30am-4:00pm
Middletown, NY

PSA Grower Training Course

**Save $25 if you attend both the Onion School and the March 1st PSA Grower Training Course. To register for this bundle deal, CLICK HERE

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

The Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in 112.22(c) that requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.

Registration is mandatory for this event. 


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.

2018 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 6, 2018
TBD
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. We will also review research priorities and gather suggestions for future educational programs.

What is my job? Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

March 8, 2018
5-8 pm
Kingston, NY

What is my job?  Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

How well do your employees understand their jobs?

Everyone wants farm employees who know what to do without being told. Unfortunately most people you hire or manage can't read minds. This workshop will help you develop effective tools for training and evaluating new employees or employees moving into new positions.


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Asparagus

Asparagus

Beets

Beets

Broccoli

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

Melons

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

Turnips

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Upcoming Events

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

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.
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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

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.
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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

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.
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Announcements

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.

Growing for Wholesale Guidelines Available

Grading and packing guidelines are now available for 16 commonly grown specialty crops in NYS: broccoli crowns, Brussels sprouts, corn, green peppers, cucumbers, green cabbage, red cabbage, savory cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, jalapenos, poblanos, Hungarian hot peppers, summer squash, and zucchini.

Acceptable quality standards and common defects that should be sorted out on the grading line are depicted in these resources, both visually and in outline form. Find all of the grading sheets here.

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