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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).


May 2017

Hands-on Tomato Pruning Workshop

May 3, 2017
4-6pm
Fort Plain, NY

Hands-on Tomato Pruning Workshop
Join High Tunnel Specialist Amy Ivy and Crystal Stewart for a hands-on tomato pruning demonstration in the high tunnel. We'll talk about when to prune, how to prune for earliness and yield, and how to prune both determinate and indeterminate varieties

*DEC credit has been applied for

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Rulf's Orchard

May 4, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Peru, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Rulf's Orchard
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Cashin's Farm

May 9, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Fultonville, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Cashin's Farm
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

May 11, 2017
2:30pm-4:30pm
Hudson, NY

Please join our cadre of experienced pomologists as we review and discuss the tree fruit season to date in the Hudson Valley. Dr. Poliana Francescatto, Win Cowgill, and I will be touring Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, and Columbia County orchards all day on the 10th, and will report on our observations of fruit set and thinning strategies for this season. To start, it's been so far so good this season as return bloom was generally excellent throughout the region, pollination was fast and furious last Thursday through Saturday, and again Monday, and we dodged a an ENY region-wide frost bullet early this morning. 

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Bowman's Orchard

May 11, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Rexford, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Bowman's Orchard
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

May 11, 2017
9:30am-11:30am
Highland, NY

Please join our cadre of experienced pomologists as we review and discuss the tree fruit season to date in the Hudson Valley. Dr. Poliana Francescatto, Win Cowgill, and I will be touring Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, and Columbia County orchards all day on the 10th, and will report on our observations of fruit set and thinning strategies for this season. To start, it's been so far so good this season as return bloom was generally excellent throughout the region, pollination was fast and furious last Thursday through Saturday, and again Monday, and we dodged a an ENY region-wide frost bullet early this morning.

Ag Business Tuesdays - Dutchess County

May 16, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Millbrook, NY

Are you a farmer in Eastern New York with a question about the management side of your farm business? The Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, in collaboration with CCE County offices, is offering free farm business technical assistance appointments this summer on Tuesdays at various locations in our service region. On Tuesday, May 16 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Dutchess County

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Story Farms

May 16, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Catskill, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Story Farms
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Ag Business Tuesdays - Schoharie County

May 30, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm

Are you a farmer in Eastern New York with a question about the management side of your farm business? The Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, in collaboration with CCE County offices, is offering free farm business technical assistance appointments this summer on Tuesdays at various locations in our service region. On Tuesday, May 30 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Schoharie County.
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Upcoming Events

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays - Planning for a Change or Exiting Your Farm Business

November 30, 2021 : Assessing the Financial Ramifications of and Options for Significant Change to Your Farm Business

The inflationary economy is upon us! The huge influx of money into the US economy following the COVID-19 pandemic has manufactured high prices and in turn increased operating costs for farm business thus forcing many businesses into net operating loss situations. Other farms are facing high labor costs or chronic labor shortages.  Some farms have taken on debt loads that make these increased costs unaffordable.  Depending on the stage in the business lifecycle, it may make sense to change enterprises or exit the farming business entirely. 

Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, and CAAHP Ag Business Educator, Dayton Maxwell, for a one-hour program to learn about the financial aspects of changing or exiting a farm business. 

December 7, 2021 : The Family and Emotional Component; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming

As farm business enterprises are changed or disbanded, the emotional stress can be tremendous, especially when individuals and family members maintain diminished assurance relative to future security. 

Join Gabriel Gurley and Brenda O'Brien of New York FarmNet for a one-hour program focused on successfully navigating the emotional turmoil of a family farm business transition.

December 14, 2021 : New Venture Creation; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming

Change creates opportunity and new opportunities are certain when farm businesses change or end. 

Join Gabriel Gurley of New York FarmNet for a one-hour overview of identifying ways and means to capitalize on new opportunities resulting from farm business transitions.

 

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Dec 2021

December 8 - December 9, 2021

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule. All farms are welcome to attend to learn about recommended food safety practices for growing, handling, and storing fresh produce. Course registration fee includes a course manual and certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses.

A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business.   Federal and state income taxes will be covered. Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well. 


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.  

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers Facing Inclement Weather

Severe weather events create significant challenges and often result in catastrophic loss for agricultural producers. Despite every attempt to mitigate risk, your operation may suffer losses. USDA offers several programs to help with recovery.

Risk Management
For producers who have risk protection through Federal Crop Insurance or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), we want to remind you to report crop damage to your crop insurance agent or the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

If you have crop insurance, contact your agency within 72 hours of discovering damage and be sure to follow up in writing within 15 days. If you have NAP coverage, file a Notice of Loss (also called Form CCC-576) within 15 days of loss becoming apparent, except for hand-harvested crops, which should be reported within 72 hours.

Disaster Assistance
USDA also offers disaster assistance programs, which is especially important to livestock, fruit and vegetable, specialty and perennial crop producers who have fewer risk management options.
First, the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) reimburses producers for a portion of the value of livestock, poultry and other animals that died as a result of a qualifying natural disaster event or for loss of grazing acres, feed and forage. And, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides assistance to producers of grazed forage crop acres that have suffered crop loss due to a qualifying drought. Livestock producers suffering the impacts of drought can also request Emergency Haying and Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres.

For LIP and ELAP, you will need to file a Notice of Loss for livestock and grazing or feed losses within 30 days and honeybee losses within 15 days. For TAP, you will need to file a program application within 90 days.

Documentation
It's critical to keep accurate records to document all losses following this devastating cold weather event. Livestock producers are advised to document beginning livestock numbers by taking time and date-stamped video or pictures prior to after the loss.

Other common documentation options include:
- Purchase records
- Production records
- Vaccination records
- Bank or other loan documents
- Third-party certification

Additional Resources
On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options.

While we never want to have to implement disaster programs, we are here to help. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact the Rensselaer County USDA Service Center @ 518 271 1889 ext. 2. The office is open for business, however due to pandemic restrictions all in-person visits require an appointment.


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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