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Farm Food Safety Meeting

Event Details


December 5, 2022


9am - 4pm


Wayne CCE Building
1581 Rt 88N
Newark, NY 14513


Preregistration required : $15.00
To preregister call Kimberly Cummings 315-331-8415


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Topics to be covered include:  Agricultural water quality assessments

  • Ag water includes surface water sources including ponds, creeks, streams, canals, lakes, water storage tanks, and wells. Do you know the quality of the water that comes from these sources? Contaminated agricultural water from these sources, used for irrigation, that come into contact with produce in the field can lead to human food-borne illness. This session will go over the basics of identifying, assessing, preventing, or dealing with potential problems. If your farm falls under Food Modernization Act regulations, the ag water assessments are expected to become requirement (by farm size) probably in 2023-24. Regardless of the regulations, any produce farm using surface water/wells would benefit from learning what factors influence ag water quality.

Tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities

  • Open discussion on improving flow and efficiency with harvest through the wash/pack activities and facility management. Tips on process as well as cleaning and sanitizing. Share your experiences and questions no matter what size farm operation.

Cleaning and sanitation updates: Industry information on sanitizers

Yes, harvest bins, fruit picking bags can be cleaned and sanitized as well as other hard to clean things- Faith Critzer - University of Georgia and Laura Straw - Virginia Tech University 

Traceability procedures     If you are following GAPs/HGAPs food safety programs you are already familiar with traceability of produce: one step forward, one step back. FDA will be releasing a new regulation that will require farms to be part of a universal traceability program to aid in the expediting of finding sources of outbreak problems. Note: the regulations will pertain to certain crops for farms where their buyers are required to be covered by the traceability regulation.

-              NY State has created a traceability program that can help growers and buyers be on the same page for produce being grown and sold in NY.  - Steve Schirmer NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets - Produce Safety Field Administrator


What are the most common food safety issues seen on produce farms - Kristina Sweet Ag Development Chief Vermont Agency of Agriculture

  • In this session, information will be shared on barriers or other issues that some farms have faced in meeting food safety practices being implemented fully. The information presented here is equally as important for operations that don't fall under the FSMA regulations as the farms that must meet the regulations.Lots of discussion to answer your questions.

For more information, please contact Robert Hadad CVP 5857394065

Preregistration is required.  The cost is: $15 a person     lunch is provided

Contact Kimberly Cummings 315-331-8415 to preregister

pdf of meeting details available below

Farm Food Safety Meeting Poster (PDF; 209KB)

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Upcoming Events

Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022
Newark, NY

This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions. 

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

December 16, 2022
Spencerport, NY

Please join us in-person for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Please pre-registration by December 13th.


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2022 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:
CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.

Have you missed a meeting recently?  All recorded LOFP hosted webinars can be found on our YouTube Channel

NOW - please scroll down to find the link to the short NY Herbicide Resistance Survey!

5 Dec - Farm Food Safety Meeting - 9am - 4pm - Wayne CCE Building - $15 - preregistration required

16 Dec - LOF Advisory Committee Meeting - 10am - 3pm - Ogden Town Hall - please preregister by 13 Dec


Date TBA -  Winter Fruit Schools - Details to follow

Date TBA - Virtual Statewide Tree Fruit Meeting w/Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program - Details to follow

NY Herbicide Resistance Survey

With the recent documentation of evolved herbicide resistance in New York, including Palmer amaranth (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), waterhemp (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), horseweed (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors, paraquat), lambsquarters (bentazon), Cornell wants to better understand the current "state of the state" with respect to herbicide performance and failure. Specifically, we are surveying growers/land managers/crop consultants/extension specialists/industry personnel, across cropped (e.g. agronomic, vegetable, fruit), ornamental/horticultural (e.g. Christmas tree farms, golf courses), and non-cropped (e.g. industrial, roadsides) systems in NY to describe the distribution of herbicide resistance in the state. This survey is VERY SHORT and should be QUICK to answer. It is also COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Your responses will help Cornell weed scientists plan future research and extension projects. Please access the survey using the link below:

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website or Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

Why are my trees growing so poorly? recording available here.

Additional Recorded Webinars listing with recording and resource link are available at

New Publication on Growing Pawpaws

Are you a fan of pawpaws? These custardy fruits can be hard to come across, so this guide provides information on how to grow your own pawpaw from seed, and how to care for grafted seedlings. Pdf on growing now available.​|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

New Weed Management Technology Survey

Want to move away from herbicide reliance? Are you using novel technologies to manage weeds? We want to know about it to inform our weed science research. A team of weed scientists from University of California Davis, Oregon State University, and Cornell University are asking berry, tree fruit, tree nut, and vine crop growers to take 5 to 10 minutes and answer this short and anonymous survey. Weed Technology Survey link:

For more information on this survey please visit

Pollinator Webinar Series - Summer 2020

The Pollinator Webinar Series presented by Penn State cover bee health and pollination services.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at|pests.