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February 2017

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Webinar Series

February 3 - February 17, 2017
All webinars will begin at 11:00am and last approximately 85 minutes

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Webinar Series

Please join us for this three part webinar series* for a thorough introduction to table grape production. Learn from Cornell and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension specialists and from growers who have experience in the table grape industry.

To participate in the webinar, you must have high speed internet access. If you have  questions  about this requirement, call Laura at 518-791-5038.


2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Lockport

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 6, 2017
8am registration, 8:30am - 3:20pm
Lockport, NY

2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Lockport
February 6, 2017 - CCE of Niagara, Lockport, NY
A 1-day program addressing topical aspects of fruit production in Western NY.

Click on details for registration information and WFS agenda.

2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 7, 2017
8:00am-4:00pm
Kingston, NY

2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!
Join us for our annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  This event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show.

3.75 NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification credits will be available

Please register by Monday, January 30th. You must be pre-registered to attend this event!  Your registration includes a hot lunch.

2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Newark

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 7, 2017
8am registration, 8:30am - 3:20pm
Newark, NY

2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Newark
February 7, 2017 - Newark Garden Hotel, Newark, NY
A 1-day program addressing topical aspects of fruit production in Western NY.

Click details for registration information and WFS agenda.

2017 Capital District Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 8, 2017
8:00am-4:00pm
Albany, NY

2017 Capital District Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!
Join us for our annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  This event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show.

3.25 NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification credits will be available.

Please register by Monday, January 30th. You must be pre-registered to attend this event!  Your registration includes a hot lunch.

2017 WNY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting (Southern region)

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 9, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Ellicottville, NY

2017 WNY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting (Southern region)
Regional Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meetings will be hosted by the Cornell Vegetable Program to discuss results from 2016 research trials and present information on pest management. Program topics will include an update on wildlife management, high tunnel nutrient management update, vegetable disease update including the new iPiPE Program in vegetables, new Climate Smart Farming Tools, cover crops and soil health, an update on Food Safety and Modernization Act and what you need to do for your farm, and other regional research and program updates.

The Path to Your Farm Dream - Beginning Farmer Workshop

February 11, 2017
9am-4pm
Vorheesville, NY

To register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/BegFarmerWkshp_201.
To register by phone, pay by credit card or more information, contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518.

Are you thinking about or have a desire to grow and sell some agricultural products? Did you start growing and selling agricultural products in 2016 and would like some more help? This day long workshop will help you to better understand various aspects of starting a farm. From attending the workshop, you will:
  • Gain ideas on where to get financing to start a farm
  • What to look for when looking for land, buildings, etc. to start a farm business
  • Gain ideas on how to market and sell the products I would like to grow
  • A better understanding of what regulations you need to be aware of


ENYCHP Northeastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 13, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Lake George, NY

ENYCHP Northeastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit School
Join us for this annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  Event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show. Pre-Register is Required




2017 WNY Winter Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting (Western region)

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 15, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

2017 WNY Winter Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting (Western region)
Regional Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meetings will be hosted by the Cornell Vegetable Program to discuss results from 2016 research trials and present information on pest management. Program topics will include an update on wildlife management, high tunnel nutrient management update, vegetable disease update including the new iPiPE Program in vegetables, new Climate Smart Farming Tools, cover crops and soil health, an update on Food Safety and Modernization Act and what you need to do for your farm, and other regional research and program updates.

ENYCHP Organic Grower Farmer-to Farmer Conference

February 15, 2017
9:00am- 4:30pm
Poughkeepsie, NY

ENYCHP Organic Grower Farmer-to Farmer Conference

To Register for this event, please send your name and contact information to Crystal Stewart at:  cls263@cornell.edu

Join us for a one day winter school specific to Organic production!  Hear from panels of experienced growers and industry experts about the following topics:

> Precision cultivation
> Cover crops and tarps for weed suppression
> Biocontrols: how do they actually work?
> Scaling up and paring down: should you grow fewer crops, better?
> What do I need to know about worker protection standards?



2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Fruit Growers' School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 14, 2017 : Tree Fruit Session 1

February 15, 2017 : Tree Fruit Session 2

February 16, 2017 : Berry Grower Session

February 16, 2017 : Grape Grower Session

February 16, 2017 : Berry and Grape Growers Session

Tuesday, February 14:  Registration cost:  $50/person if pre-registered or $70/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session, lunch and Trade Show admittance).

  • Tree Fruit Session 1: Educational Session 8:00 am - 4:00 pm followed by the Trade Show 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 15: Registration cost: $50/person if pre-registered or $70/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch).

  • Tree Fruit Session 2: Educational Session 8:50 am - 4:45 pm
Thursday, February 16:
  • Grape Growers Session:  8:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Registration cost: $35/person if pre-registered or $50/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch).  Special pricing for attending both the Berry and Grape Grower Sessions:  $50/person, includes lunch
  • Berry Growers Session: Educational Session 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm Registration cost: $35/person if pre-registered or $50/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch). Special pricing for attending both the Berry and Grape Grower Sessions: $50/person, includes lunch

DEC Credits have been applied for each session.

Click HERE to view the Full Fruit Growers' School Agenda
Click HERE to view the Grape Session Agenda
Click HERE to view the Berry Session Agenda



Using Greenhouses to Grow Vegetables

February 16, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jamestown, NY

Using Greenhouses to Grow Vegetables
Eat (or sell) home grown produce 12 months of the year! Participants will learn about different season extension structures such as greenhouses, high tunnels and row covers used to grow vegetables. Crops include greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. Site selection, structures, crop nutrition and pest management will be covered. Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist with the Cornell Vegetable Program, will be the leader of this interactive workshop. 

Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part Two

February 17 - February 18, 2017
10:00am- 2:00pm

Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part Two
Save the Date! "Farm Business Succession Retreat - Where are you now, where are you going and how will you get there?"

Families across the country dream of the day the farm will pass to the next generation. In 2008, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) reported that 70% of U.S. farmland would change hands by 2028. Without adequate succession planning, CSREES reports that farms are more likely to go out of business, be absorbed by larger neighboring farms, or be converted for non-farm use.

Don't let that happen to your dream! Succession planning can help ensure the dream of having the farm business transfer to the next generation will become reality. To help you move forward, CCE Ulster County, The Eastern NY Commercial Hort. Program and the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program are sponsoring two days of working facilitated time for your family or business partners to build a strong business succession strategy.

2017 Chautauqua Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 17, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Clymer, NY

2017 Chautauqua Produce Auction Growers Meeting
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.

2017 Produce Auction Growers Meeting (Genesee Valley Produce Auction)

February 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Centerville, NY

2017 Produce Auction Growers Meeting (Genesee Valley Produce Auction)
Come and learn how to make a profit at produce auctions! Speakers from other New York auctions (sellers and buyers) and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide attendees will information on produce production for profit, diversifying your product line, high tunnel organic fertility approaches, disease resistance in tomatoes and cucumbers, and Food Safety Modernization Act and what it means for the auction.

Farmers Market Workshop

February 22, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lockport, NY

Farmers Market Workshop
All farmers market vendors are welcome to attend the Farmers Market Workshop hosted by CCE Niagara County. Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Robert Hadad will provide information on cost of production and marketing considerations. Bree Bacon from NCCC Small Business Development Center will provide social media and online marketing tips.

Effective Orchard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 22, 2017
8:30- 3:15
Highland, NY

Effective Orchard Spraying
Join us for a full day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying with Andrew Landers of Cornell University.  5.5 DEC Credits have been approved for this workshop!

Western NY Food Hub Grower Meeting

February 23, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Western NY Food Hub Grower Meeting
Eden Valley Growers (EVG), a farmer-owned cooperative and the owner/operator of the Western NY Food Hub, invites you to attend an information session on how they provide technical assistance and support for farmers interested in selling to the Western NY Food Hub. The Western NY Food Hub sources fruits and vegetables from growers around Buffalo and in twelve counties of Western New York - Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Monroe, Livingston, Allegany, Wayne and Ontario. Products are sold and distributed predominantly to wholesale buyers in Buffalo, and to buyers across the entire state of New York, as well as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Effective Vineyard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 23, 2017
8:30- 3:15
Highland, NY

Effective Vineyard Spraying
Join us for a full day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying with Andrew Landers of Cornell University.  5.5 DEC Credits have been approved for this workshop!

Modernizing Your Farm Sales: The Power of Point of Sale

February 27, 2017
12:00-1:00pm

In today's competitive farmers market space, producers are increasingly turning to new technologies to help create business efficiencies and manage day-to-day operations. Digital Point of Sale (POS) systems allow farmers to collect critical farm management data, manage customers and employees, and connect with back-end farm inventory systems. Join FARMroots, GrowNYC and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a webinar covering the potential that POS has for your farm business. We'll explore the pros and cons of five (5) individual POS systems available to farmers, including Square, Revel, NCR, Shopkeep and MarketLink/Mobile Market Register. A guest farmer will share his experience with implementing digital POS at New York City's Greenmarket program.

To register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1101880356120197891 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Western NY: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

February 28, 2017
8:30am- 4:00pm
Portland, NY

Western NY: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop
As dramatic weather events increase, pest pressure intensifies, and local markets vitalize, New York berry growers are looking for ways to protect their crop and lengthen their season.

Growers and educators are researching techniques for growing berries under cover. This day-long workshop will feature multiple short presentations, interactive activities, and words from growers discussing the newest research in tunnels and exclusion netting.

2017 Onion School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 28, 2017
8:45am-4:15pm
Middletown, NY

2017 Onion School
Come join us at the Orange County Cooperative Office for our annual onion school!  4 DEC Credits will be available.

March 2017

Veggie Farming Webinar Series, Part 2: From Season-Long Care to Harvest

March 1 - March 29, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Wednesday evenings

Veggie Farming Webinar Series, Part 2: From Season-Long Care to Harvest
This five-week course online (BF121) on Wednesday evenings in March covers vegetable production from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility, integrated pest management, weed control options, harvesting strategies, and tips for marketing your products. Designed for aspiring farmers and those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting.

2017 Lake Ontario Fruit Program Spanish School Orleans County

March 4, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Waterport, NY

2017 Lake Ontario Fruit Program Spanish School Orleans County
This meeting will include the basics of tree nursery production, together with information on grafting and pruning. There will be hands-on demonstrations.

March 4 Orleans County


Click details for registration and more information.

2017 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 6, 2017
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Batavia, NY

2017 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. There will also be an update on food safety practices and documentation required by buyers. We will also review research priorities and gather suggestions for future educational programs.

2017 WNY Winter Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting (Eastern region)

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 7, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Newark, NY

2017 WNY Winter Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting (Eastern region)
Regional Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meetings will be hosted by the Cornell Vegetable Program to discuss results from 2016 research trials and present information on pest management. Program topics will include an update on wildlife management, high tunnel nutrient management update, vegetable disease update including the new iPiPE Program in vegetables, new Climate Smart Farming Tools, cover crops and soil health, an update on Food Safety and Modernization Act and what you need to do for your farm, and other regional research and program updates.

Long Island: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

March 7, 2017
8:30am- 4:00pm
Riverhead, NY

Long Island: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

As dramatic weather events increase, pest pressure intensifies, and local markets vitalize, New York berry growers are looking for ways to protect their crop and lengthen their season.

Growers and educators are researching techniques for growing berries under cover. This day-long workshop will feature multiple short presentations, interactive activities, and words from growers discussing the newest research in tunnels and exclusion netting.

Walk in space may be available.  Pease contact Sandy at CCE Suffolk at 631-727-7850 ext. 316 to verify


Effective Orchard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 7, 2017 : Effective Orchard Spraying Orleans County 7 March 2017

March 8, 2017 : Effective Orchard Spraying Wayne County 8 March 2017

An in-depth training will improve your knowledge of spraying techniques, leading to better deposition, less drift and better disease and insect control.  It will also include information on any new developments in sprayer design, etc.

~5 DEC credits, please preregister by March 3rd.

Onion School and Advisory Meeting (Elba Muck Region)

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 8, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Albion, NY

Onion School and Advisory Meeting (Elba Muck Region)
A regional meeting for muck onion growers on the latest research results generated from our 2016 research trials in weed management, bacterial diseases, onion insect management, and onion leaf disease management. We will also be looking for guidance from regional growers on the direction of onion research and programming in New York.

NENY & VT Winter Grape School

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 9, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Lake George, NY

NENY & VT Winter Grape School
Come and join Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the University of Vermont Grape Program, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science for the 2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School!


2017 Garlic School

March 9, 2017
9:30am-3:00pm
Voorheesville, NY

2017 Garlic School
Topics for this year's garlic school will focus on emerging and established diseases and pests, including white rot, eriophyid mites, fusarium, and the insect pests moving towards the region from the north and the southâ€"leek moth and allium leaf miner.

2017 Lake Ontario Fruit Program Spanish School Wayne County

March 11, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Alton, NY

2017 Lake Ontario Fruit Program Spanish School Wayne County
Pre-registration has been extended through today.  This meeting will include the basics of tree nursery production, together with information on grafting and pruning.  There will be hands-on demonstrations.

March 11 Wayne County


Please click details for more information and registration.

Northern Vegetable School

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 14, 2017
8:30am-3:00pm
Essex, NY

Northern Vegetable School
This year's Northern Vegetable School will focus on soil health, including management, tillage and cover crops.

Our special guest speaker, Will Stevens from Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham Vt will explain how he uses cover crops and crop rotations on his farm.

Onion School and Advisory Meeting (Oswego Region)

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 16, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oswego, NY

Onion School and Advisory Meeting (Oswego Region)
A regional meeting for muck onion growers on the latest research results generated from our 2016 research trials in weed management, bacterial diseases, onion insect management, and onion leaf disease management. We will also be looking for guidance from regional growers on the direction of onion research and programming in New York.

Champlain Valley Pesticide Applicator Pre-Exam Training

March 20 - March 22, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Plattsburgh, NY

Please note:  The date of this event has changed to March 20th and 22nd

CCE ENYCHP Agriculture Specialists will be offering a training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam. 

Registration Fee covers two days of review:  Monday 3/13 and Wednesday 3/15


Hudson Valley Pesticide Applicator Pre-Exam Training

March 20 - March 22, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Highland, NY

CCE ENYCHP Agriculture Specialists will be offering a training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam. 

Registration Fee covers two days of review:  Monday 3/20 and Wednesday 3/22

Post-Harvest Wash/Pack Shed Operation Training

March 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Geneva, NY

Post-Harvest Wash/Pack Shed Operation Training
This half-day farm food safety training will teach growers how to incorporate food safety principles into everyday practices. We will focus on topic pack shed design and set-up, reducing cross-contamination risk, demystifying sanitizer usage, clean up, and improving post-harvest handling.

WNY Garlic School

March 22, 2017
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Irondequoit, NY

WNY Garlic School
This grower meeting will focus on emerging and established diseases and pests such as white rot, eriophyid mites, fusarium, and the insect pests moving towards our region from the north and south -- leek moth and allium leaf miner. Garlic testing and a seed certification update will be presented. There will be plenty of discussion between growers and presenters.

In-depth Workshop on Management of Weeds in Fruit and Vegetables

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 23, 2017
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Albion, NY

In-depth Workshop on Management of Weeds in Fruit and Vegetables
Vegetable, tree fruit, and berry weed management strategies will be highlighted at this in-depth workshop. The day will begin with information on how to identify weeds and basic weed biology. Management strategies for different weed types (perennials, grasses, annuals) will be discussed as well as information about using herbicides safely and effectively for weed control. Sprayer technology options will be covered. There will be an open discussion at the end of the program for growers to ask questions.

In-depth Workshop on Management of Weeds in Fruit and Vegetables

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 23, 2017
8am-8:15am Registration, DEC sign-up, 8:15am - 3:30pm
Albion, NY

This workshop will cover weed biology, identification tools, management strategies for broadleaves, grasses & sedges, spray technology, & safety requirements of herbicides.

Please click details for agenda pdf & online registration.

Effective Orchard Spraying & Navigating NEWA Workshop- Champlain Valley

March 28, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Chazy, NY

Effective Orchard Spraying & Navigating NEWA Workshop- Champlain Valley
Effective Orchard Spraying - Morning
Understand how to improve your timeliness and therefore apply sprays when needed and not be forever chasing the calendar. Correct application at the correct time will allow you to make better use of your time and materials over the season.

Navigating NEWA - Afternoon 
Learn the ins-and-outs of the NEWA system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications). Learn how to efficiently navigate the NEWA interface, including how to get weather data, access station specific pages, and effectively utilize models for insects, diseases, crop thinning, and irrigation.

Bring your Laptop or Smart Device!!

***PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! ***


Hudson Valley Orchard Scouting & NEWA Orchard Models Workshop

March 30, 2017
10:00am-3:00pm
Highland, NY

Hudson Valley Orchard Scouting & NEWA Orchard Models Workshop
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED




Pruning Demonstration Day

March 30, 2017
2pm-5pm
Red Hook, NY

Pruning Demonstration Day
You are invited to join Laura McDermott and Jim O'Connell, Berry Educators for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Eastern NY, for a pruning demonstration on mature blueberries on Thursday, March 30th.

This workshop is free, but please preregister with Jim O'Connell no later than March 28th, 2017 by email (jmo98@cornell.edu) or phone (845-943-9814) so we know how many people to expect. 

Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp

March 30, 2017 : Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp - Eastern NY & Niagara/Orleans County Samples

March 31, 2017 : Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp - Wayne County Samples

March 30, 2017 (Eastern NY and Niagara/Orleans county samples)
March 31, 2017 (Wayne county samples)
Tasting starts at 10:00am - approximately 2 pm or earlier
Please pre-register for this free event.

As many of you may know, We've been working on a statewide precision harvest management experiment, a 2 year funded USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant and New York Farm Viability Grant, "Measuring and Extending the Benefits of More Accurate Honeycrisp Harvest Predictions". This project is a continuation of Terence Robinson's precision harvest management work with some modifications. It focuses on Honeycrisp within the 3 main production regions of the state, in which many of you were involved.

The main goal of this experiment is to develop guidelines for precision harvest management by determining if Honeycrisp orchards can be evaluated at harvest for storage potential using fruit dry matter content, fruit mineral (peel and flesh) content, the DA meter, and piecing together complex block histories and cultural practices.

Click on details for more information.

Northern Vegetable School

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 31, 2017
8:30am-3:00pm
Essex, NY

Northern Vegetable School
**Please note, this event was rescheduled from 3/14 to 3/31. If you were registered for 3/14, but are unable to attend on 3/31 then you are eligible for a refund!**

This year's Northern Vegetable School will focus on soil health, including management, tillage and cover crops.

Our special guest speaker, Will Stevens from Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham Vt will explain how he uses cover crops and crop rotations on his farm.

April 2017

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

April 4, 2017
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
Newark, NY

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.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Day One)

April 4, 2017
8:30am -4:30pm
Albany, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Day One)

Please note:  Day one is mandatory to receive certification.  Day two is an optional day for those growers interested in assistance in creating a farm food safety plan.  Please pre-register for day two here.

Day one topics to be covered include, 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


In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.  There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.


Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

April 4, 2017 : Wayne County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

April 5, 2017 : Orleans County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

Wayne County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class
Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class for Non-Certified Applicators and Handlers of Federally Restricted-Use Pesticides.

Pre-Registration is Required by March 31, 2017.

Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training!


New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam.  All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicators license via taking the certification exam.

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.

Please click on details for more information and registration form.

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

April 5, 2017
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM English & Spanish sessions
Albion, NY

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.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Optional Day Two)

April 5, 2017
8:30am -4:30pm
Albany, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Optional Day Two)

Please note:  Day one is mandatory to receive certification.  Day two is an optional day for those growers interested in assistance in creating a farm food safety plan. 

 


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

April 5 - April 6, 2017
April 5: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; April 6: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Batavia, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
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 should attend this food safety training. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm, how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm, parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one, and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition, the PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in section 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.'

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

April 5 - April 6, 2017
April 5: 8am-5pm; April 6: 8AM - 3PM
Batavia, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
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.'

2017 Prune Smarter Not Harder Workshops presented by CCE - LOF

April 11, 2017 : 2017 Oswego County Winter Pruning

Please Note Pruning Meeting in Oswego County April 11!

This pruning season the Lake Ontario Fruit Program will have 4 meetings across the Western NY fruit region.  As always, all growers and employees are welcome to attend (including Spanish-speaking employees).

Grape Grower Pot Luck Dinners

April 5, 2017 : Capital Region Potluck Dinner

April 17, 2017 : Hudson Valley Potluck

Grape Grower Potluck Dinners - April 2017

Please join us for the last in our series of educational pot luck dinners. Jim O'Connell and Anna Wallis are reaching out to growers, trying to get to know them in a less formal setting. Jim and Anna are regional fruit educators with Cornell Cooperative Extension's (CCE) Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP).


more crops
Apples

Apples

Apricots

Apricots

Asparagus

Asparagus

Beets

Beets

Blueberries

Blueberries

Broccoli

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cherries

Cherries

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Grapes

Grapes

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

Melons

Nectarines

Nectarines

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Plums

Plums

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Strawberries

Strawberries

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

Turnips

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Upcoming Events

2022 Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 15 - February 17, 2022

The CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team is happy to invite vegetable and berry growers to our virtual series of webinars on February 15, 16, and 17.

Become a Qualified Vendor for USDA Food Commodities Purchases

February 15, 2022

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Commodity Procurement Program invites you to a live, interactive webinar on lessons learned in becoming an approved USDA
food vendor. AMS purchases approximately $6 billion of U.S. grown and processed foods annually for both domestic and international food assistance programs.
USDA purchases over 300 different food products that directly support the nutritional needs for millions of school children, families, and other qualified individuals. 

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on what's new in crop load management. Speakers will be joining us from NYSIPM, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Valent USA. Topics will include NEWA crop load management tools, including the Pollen Tube Growth Model, the Carbohydrate Thinning Model, and the Fruit Growth Rate Model.  We will also discuss the future of precision crop load management with computer vision technologies, and new materials you will soon be able to incorporate into your apple thinning programs.  For those growing peaches, Dr. Anna Wallis will present on thinning with ACC, the first chemical thinner commercially available for stone fruits.

Announcements

2021 SWD Insecticide Quick Guide

Prepare your sprayer and make sure you have the insecticides of choice on hand. Click on the following link for the revised 2021 SWD Insecticide Quick Guide: https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_981.pdf

Current recommendations are to use the most effective material you can early in the spray program - even though the population seems small. The strategy is to keep the population small for as long as possible as it's very hard to gain control after the numbers have ballooned.  

Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


Podcasts

FSMA Updates with Gretchen Wall

August 10, 2021
In this episode, Elisabeth Hodgdon discusses news and updates related to FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule with food safety specialist Gretchen Wall. They discuss inspection schedules for the 2021 season, On Farm Readiness Reviews, water testing, new resources available for growers, and more.

Resources:
Records Required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, by K. Woods, D. Stoeckel, B. Fick, G. Wall, and E.A. Bihn. This fact sheet includes an explanation of required records as well as printable record templates:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/sites/producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/Records-Required-by-the-FSMA-PSR.pdf

Upcoming Remote, Online, and In-Person Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses/upcoming-grower-trainings/

Interactive Google map of water testing labs, created by the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?amp%3Busp=sharing&mid=1C8KHM6jJszj9auYQttUbVtPKtb4eEBSJ&ll=41.22288057139939%2C-78.58548244999999&z=5\

Interested in joining the Produce Safety Alliance listserv? Sign up here to receive FSMA updates, notifications of educational opportunities and new resources, and more:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/

Contact Information:
To schedule an On Farm Readiness Review or discuss your farm’s FSMA PSR coverage status, contact Steve Schirmer (315-487–0852 or steve.schirmer@agriculture.ny.gov), or Aaron Finley (518-474-5235 or aaron.finley@agriculture.ny.gov).

Episode speakers:
Elisabeth Hodgdon, ENYCHP vegetable specialist: 518-650-5323 or eh528@cornell.edu
Gretchen Wall, Produce Safety Alliance coordinator and Northeast Regional Extension Associate: 607-882-3087 or glw53@cornell.edu

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