Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Enrollment

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  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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Food Safety

Farm food safety begins with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs): the basic environmental and operational conditions that are necessary for the production of safe fruits and vegetables.

Farmers need to take steps to minimize pathogen contamination during production and harvest of their fresh produce. They should avoid side-dressing with manure, exclude animals near fields, promote proper worker hygiene in the field, test irrigation water quality, select irrigation methods that minimize crop wetting or allows for leaves to dry quickly, clean and sanitize harvest bins, promote cleanliness at U-Pick, and keep produce cool.

As consumers demand safer food, a growing number of retailers are requiring farmers to have independent, 3rd-party inspections of farms, certifying that their fruits and vegetables are being grown, harvested and packaged using Good Agricultural Practices.


Relevant Event

FSMA/PSA Food Grower Training Course

July 15, 2019
8:00am - 5:30pm
Warrensburg, NY

Most Recent Food Safety Content

EPA Worker Protection Standard Update

Last Modified: May 9, 2018
EPA Worker Protection Standard Update

The updated Worker Protection Standard took effect on January 2, 2017. The NYS DEC has the right toconduct inspections to certify that growers are in compliance with regulations for agricultural pesticides including organics. Inspections include WPS, record keeping, and pesticide storage. Read more about what you need to know to comply with the changes.


FSMA Produce Safety Rule FAQ's

Mike Basedow, Tree Fruit Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: April 6, 2018

On behalf of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, this article presents information on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and answers frequently-asked questions from producers.


2017 Winter Tree Fruit School Presentations

Anna Wallis, Tree Fruit and Grape Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: February 16, 2017

Presentations given at the 2017 Eastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit Schools are available by clicking on the following links.  


More Food Safety Content

Valuable Resources for Food Safety Information
Presentations - 2016 Winter Tree Fruit Schools
Food Safety Considerations and Design for Packing Sheds
Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools
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Cabbage

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Carrots

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Cauliflower

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Cherries

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Cucumbers

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Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

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Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Grapes

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Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

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Leeks

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Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

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Nectarines

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Onions

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Parsnips

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Peaches

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Pears

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Peas

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Peppers

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Plums

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Potatoes

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Pumpkins / Gourds

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Radishes

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Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

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Rutabaga

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Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Strawberries

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Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

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Upcoming Events

Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - May

May 27, 2019
12:00-1:00

To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - June

June 24, 2019
12:00-1:00

To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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Pesticide Exam Certification Summer Trainings

July 2 - July 23, 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm each day
Plattsburgh, NY

2019 Champlain Valley Pesticide Applicator Exam Intensive Training

CCE ENYCHP Horticulture Specialists Mike Basedow and Elisabeth Hodgdon will be offering four afternoons of training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam.

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Announcements

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

Biweekly Vegetable News Podcast Episode 2 - 05//15/2019

May 15, 2019
The May 15, 2019 edition of the Eastern New York Vegetable News covers the following topics:

Weed Control in Potatoes (1:08)
Brassica Flea Beetle Management (8:43)
Seedcorn Maggot (13:36)
Onion Maggot and Allium Leafminer Management (17:58)
Tomato Transplant Disease Prevention and Tomato Stake Disinfection (24:29)
Industrial Hemp Update (31:07)
Spinach Leafminer Identification and Control (36:16)

Here are links to additional resources mentioned in the episode:

Brassica Flea Beetle Management
Abby Seaman’s Evaluation of Insecticides Allowed for Organic Production Against Crucifer Flea Beetle, 2016 https://academic.oup.com/amt/article/42/1/tsx126/4670916
Elisabeth’s email: eh528@cornell.edu

Onion Maggot and Allium Leafminer Management
Cornell NEWA Onion Maggot Models: http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=onion-maggot
Podcast Episode on Allium Leafminer: https://soundcloud.com/easternnewyorkvegnews/episode-3-allium-leaf-miner
NYS Senate Bill to Prohibit Use of Chlorpyrifos: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s2156/amendment/a
Ethan’s email: eg572@cornell.edu

Tomato Stake Disinfection
http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/362/Disinfecting%20Tomato%20Stakes.pdf
Teresa’s email: tr28@cornell.edu

Industrial Hemp Update
New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Industrial Hemp Grower Application: https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/pi/Hemp_Grower_Application.pdf
More hemp resources from Ag and Markets: https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/pi/pihome.html
Cornell Hemp Resources: https://hemp.cals.cornell.edu/
Maire’s email: mru2@cornell.edu

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