From first Farm Credit East Webinar.
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Smart Growth Plan
Manure Management Guidelines for Limestone Bedrock/Karst Areas of Genesee County, NY.
Practices for Risk Reduction
Cornell University Animal Science Publication Series No. 240
Jan Beglinger, Agriculture Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 585-343-3040 ext. 132
Barb Sturm, 4-H Youth Development Ag In The Classroom Educator
Phone: 585-343-3040 ext. 122
Or stop by Cornell Cooerative Extension of Genesee County at 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To help support our local agriculture industry and to provide producers with expert information, Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension offers its annual “Agriculture Enrollment”. Enrolled farms receive direct access to crop, dairy and livestock specialists backed up by Cornell researchers.
The NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team provide service to farms large and small whether dairy, livestock, hay, corn, wheat or soybean focused. The team is directly affiliated with Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science and Pro-Dairy program. Specialists cover the areas of dairy production, field crop production, farm business management, small farm management and livestock production. For dairy farms, a bilingual dairy specialist provides producers with employee training and human resource facilitation in Spanish.
The Cornell Vegetable Team provides up-to-date information on vegetable production and storage, pest management, food safety, soil health and market development. The Cornell Vegetable Program is working hard in our region to address the concerns of our growers. The team's vegetable specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the industry.
Both teams provide educational programs with classroom and hands-on training, farmer discussion groups, newsletters with timely production information, as well as farm visits and research opportunities. Cost of enrollment is $65 per team. Download the enrollment form (at the left). For questions please contact Jan Beglinger at 585-343-3040 ext. 132 or at email@example.com.
Cornell National GAPs Program, Cornell Lake Ontario Fruit Team, Cornell Vegetable Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension, along with assistance from NYS Dept. Ag & Markets, will be presenting farm food safety training - GAPs (including Harmonized GAPs) this winter. The first will be held in Batavia on December 10 & 11 at the Fire Training Center, 7690 State Street Rd., Batavia NY 14020.
A new program, Harmonized GAPs, has been developed to combine several food safety certifications into one program. New York’s retail produce buyers, such as Wegmans, are asking growers to adopt Harmonized GAPs certification in many cases. In response, Cornell National GAPs Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension have developed a multi-day workshop.
The first day of training will focus on the details of what GAPs is, how it works and what it means for your farming operation. The second day will be devoted to helping you write a food safety plan as required for audit certification. A laptop computer is required for the second day. (If you need to borrow a computer, please let us know in advance.)
$60.00 per person registration fee includes educational materials, lunch and refreshments. Add $15.00 for each additional attendee from the same farm. 8:30 am registration, program runs 9 am to 3:30 pm both days.
For the Batavia class pre-register by December 3. (Extended to Dec. 6.) Register online http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144 or mail in your registration form and payment to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, Attn: Angela Parr, 480 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Make checks payable to: “Cornell Cooperative Extension”.
For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-735-5448.
To see a full listing of upcoming farm food safety trainings, go to www.gaps.cornell.edu. These workshops are partially funded through a grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.
OSHA Plans to Target NY Dairy Farms with Random, Unannounced Inspections in 2014
All dairy farmers should know if they fall under OSHA enforcement authority. For those that do not, if OSHA officials visit, information can be provided that should terminate the inspection. For farms that are subject to OSHA enforcement authority, preparations should begin as soon as possible.
In August 2013, PRO-DAIRY learned from an OSHA official that the Syracuse office of the US Department of Labor, OSHA Division, is developing a “Local Emphasis Program” that will focus on random, unannounced compliance inspections at New York State dairy farms starting sometime in 2014. At the time of this writing, it is unclear if the LEP will be conducted statewide or regionally.
OSHA can inspect certain businesses based on four priorities:
1) Imminent danger
2) Catastrophes and fatal accidents
3) Complaints and referrals
4) Programmed inspections
While regulated farms can be inspected under any one of these OSHA priorities, the upcoming focus on NYS dairy farms is related to item 4: Programmed inspections. Farms that are subject to a Programmed inspection have:
• had more than 10 employees, not including immediate family members, at any time in the past 12 months preceding the day an inspector shows up (a part time employee counts as “1”); and/or
• provided housing to temporary labor (employees hired for a specific period of time and are not full-time, permanent staff) at any time in the past 12 months preceding the day an inspector shows up, even if the housing was only for just one person. There are several tests for this provision and producers should evaluate further.
Though safety should be a priority at any farm operation, farms that do not fall into the above categories are not subject to OSHA activities.
We understand that the first task of an OSHA inspector during a visit is to determine if the farm is eligible for inspection activity. If the farm is exempt, inspectors depart the farm immediately. Therefore, it is important for a dairy producer and staff to know if the farm meets the OSHA exemption. This is likely to generate some questions, and there will be regional meetings this fall to help sort out these issues. OSHA has also been very clear that inspectors will NOT ask about employee immigration status.
What’s being done?
Since the OSHA notification, PRO-DAIRY and the following organizations have formed the “OSHA Work Group”: NY Farm Bureau (NYFB), Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). Our goal is to help the NYS dairy farm community prepare for OSHA inspections. The OSHA Work Group cooperated with Farm Credit East to develop and record two informational webinars on what to expect in an OSHA inspection (link provided below).
The OSHA Work Group has determined that due to OSHA inspection issues covering a broad range of topics, currently, there does not appear to be a comprehensive, up to date program for compliance education/training in NYS. However, over time, NYCAMH has developed numerous materials and trainings that cover health and safety programs relating to OSHA compliance topics. The Work Group is cooperating closely with NYCAMH to identify gaps as well as add to and update their materials and build on the excellent foundation already established.
Many aspects of health and safety requirements are FARM SPECIFIC; each farm has different chemicals, machinery and facilities and this means managers must develop a customized health and safety program for their conditions.
There appears to be few cookie cutter approaches to OSHA compliance and a successful inspection will require thoughtful preparation and ongoing commitment by farm managers and employees. Compliance will require farm-specific analysis and planning, safety equipment purchases, training and periodic updates for staff (this is not a once-and-done process), routine self-inspections to find hazards, recordkeeping and efforts to maintain equipment and systems once compliant.
The OSHA Work Group is cooperating with OSHA regional compliance assistance staff to confirm the areas of emphasis for inspections, to identify and correct gaps in training materials, to identify conflicts with other rules and to make sure that existing training materials are consistent with what OSHA inspectors will be evaluating on dairy farms. Our goal is that farm managers get the right information the first time. The Work Group is also developing a compliance checklist. These and other materials will be widely circulated as soon as they are available.
What can I do now?
If you have not already done so, watch the two OSHA related webinars on the Farm Credit East Web site: https://www.farmcrediteast.com/en/Webinars/2013SeptOSHA.aspx.
There are a few areas that non-exempt farms can work on right away as part of preparing for an OSHA inspection by implementing the following items:
• PTO drive units and shafts are properly shielded and protected (same for belts, chains and rotating shafts on other equipment and machinery around the operation);
• Slow moving vehicle emblems are clean, bright and not faded and equipment safety lighting is in good working order;
• Farm tractors manufactured after October 25, 1976 are equipped with a Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) and a seat belt in good working order (there are two exceptions: low profile tractors and tractors when used with mounted equipment that is not compatible with ROPS);
• Develop an inventory list of all chemicals, create a file with MSDSs (in Spanish where appropriate) for each chemical and make sure all chemical containers are labeled. MSDSs can be obtained directly from the manufacturer.
In the coming weeks, the OSHA Work Group will provide a farm safety checklist and PRO-DAIRY will hold OSHA informational meetings and farm safety walks around NYS; further information on these items will be released as soon as details are finalized.
PRO-DAIRY’s mission is to facilitate New York State economic development by increasing the profitability and competitiveness of its dairy industry. PRO-DAIRY specialists have made a positive impact on the technical knowledge, management skills and economic strength of New York State’s dairy industry since 1988. Visit PRO-DAIRY online at http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/index.html.
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and the NY Farm Viability Institute have partnered with USDA Northeast SARE to present a series of webinars on marketing: "Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success." These webinars have been designed with the assistance of regional and national marketing experts to provide critical marketing insights for farmers and farm markets throughout the northeast. The webinars are free, approximately an hour and a half long, and easy to access with a basic internet connection. For information on how to register for the webinars and links to archived webinars, go to http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/webinars/program.html.
The Dairy Acceleration Program is an initiative of Governor Cuomo in partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation designed to enhance profitability of New York dairy farms while maintaining a commitment to environmentally responsible growth.
Eligible projects assist New York dairy farmers to develop business plans for successful and environmentally responsible growth. Funds may be used for creation of strategic business plans focused on growth, design of new or remodeled facilities, or development of environmental and farmstead plans. Farms must have lactating dairy cattle.
Download the brochure (at right). For more information or to get an application visit the Cornell Pro-Dairy website at http://ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/dairy_acceleration/index.html.
To learn more contact:
272 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
NYS food banks reimburse farmers for cost of harvesting donated produce
New York’s fruit and vegetable farmers can be reimbursed for the harvesting costs of produce that is donated to a food bank in the state.
Farmers may be reimbursed for their labor costs in harvesting and packing produce, as well as packaging materials, when produce is donated to food banks. A new initiative, Glean NY, hopes to increase the donation of food from the farm, including produce that might not otherwise have been harvested, produce culled from packing lines and storage, and more.
Glean NY is a partnership of New York State’s eight regional food banks, Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Farm Bureau, and farmers.
Occasionally, farms have produce that cannot be sold due to cosmetic blemishes, lack of market, or similar conditions. Food-safe produce can be donated to food banks. Donations do not have to be washed, sorted, graded, or packaged as for retail.
In many cases, the food banks’ trucks can pickup produce at the farm. In some regions, food banks have produce crates that can be dropped off at the farm; otherwise farm crates can be returned to the farm.
New York State’s food banks provide food for over 3 million people annually. Food is distributed through more than 5,000 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other programs.
New York farmers donated more than 8.5 million pounds of produce, meat, milk, eggs, and other items to food banks in 2012, according to the American Farm Bureau Harvest for All project.
To make a donation, or for more information, call your regional food bank, or call the Food Bank Association of New York State at (518) 433-4505.
On the web: www.gleanny.org
A note for farmers, recyclers, educators, agricultural plastics suppliers and manufacturers, and others:
The Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP) can assist with recycling many of the plastics discarded after use in agriculture. RAPP has markets and guidelines for recycling maple tubing and irrigation drip tape, as well as dairy films, boat wrap, nursery pots, agricultural chemical containers, and more.
Check out RAPP's new facebook page to learn just about anything you might want to know about agricultural plastics, recycling, and the New York State Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP).
Simply search on facebook for <Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project> or enter the url <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recycling-Agricultural-Plastics-Project-RAPP/439750762770779>
Click 'Like' from your facebook page to stay in touch.
Dairy Foods Certificate Program
Cornell Dairy Foods Extension is now offering curriculum based certificates in the areas of fluid milk processing for quality & safety; yogurt & fermented dairy foods; and cheese manufacture. Required courses for the certificate programs are listed in the Extension Calendar along with other training and meeting opportunities.
Visit the Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension website for training programs: http://foodscience.cornell.edu/cals/foodsci/extension/dairy-foods-extension-programs.cfm
Agriculture Information Service
To help support our local agriculture industry and to provide producers with expert information, Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension offers an annual “Ag Enrollment”. The NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team provides the latest research based knowledge to the dairy, livestock and field crop industries. The Cornell Vegetable Team specialists provide up-to-date information regarding vegetable production and storage as well as pest control and food safety. Both teams offer newsletters with timely production information, farm visits, research opportunities and educational programs. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, please see the brochure or contact Brandie Schultz at email@example.com