Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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

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  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Event Details

Date

Apr 5 - Apr 6, 2017

Time

April 5: 8am-5pm; April 6: 8AM - 3PM

Location

Genesee County Fire Training Center
7690 State St Rd
Batavia, NY 14020

Host

Cornell Cooperatvie Extension
Craig Kahlke
585-735-5448

Pre-Registration Deadline: April 3, 2017

EVENT HAS PASSED

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

April 5 - April 6, 2017

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

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
Mark Your Calendars: April 5-6, Genesee County Fire Training Center, 7690 State St Rd, Batavia, NY 14020
Cost: $125

Who Should Attend

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.'

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course (Wednesday, April 5)
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
• 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.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. 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
• Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

On April 6, there is an optional workshop on farm food safety plan writing. Although this is not a requirement of FSMA, it is for those being asked by their buyers to have a food safety plan and undergo a 3rd-party audit. Participation in the day 2 session is limited to those who previously attended a 1 day FSMA or GAPs training. To register, go to https://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event_preregistration.php?event=705 by April 3rd.




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Announcements

Updates to Critical H2A Issue for NYS Farmworkers


From Julie Suarez, 9-22-17, 5 PM


Please see the below text which you are welcome to forward.

We're seeking additional regulatory clarity from DOH, Ag and Markets, and DOL regarding the issue of H2a employees and applying for benefits when signing up for the health insurance exchange. We anticipate further information being available next week from regulatory authorities. The issue is not health insurance; the issue in question is related to other benefits that H2a workers may inadvertently apply for in a navigator process and the paperwork issued which is in the form of a "my benefits" card and whether that disqualifies one from re-entry at the border during the U.S. Consulate interview process. Vermont growers are apparently facing similar questions at the moment.

Note that it would be important to consult with an attorney or your H2a association provider, and please know that we'll send out appropriate regulatory clarity as soon as it's received.

Julie C. Suarez
Associate Dean for Govermental & Community Relations
Office of the Dean
126 State St Suite 200
Albany, NY 12207
College of Agriculture and Life Science
Cornell University
office 518-434-4157, cell 518-728-6061
email: jcs433@cornell.edu
Below is from Julie Suarez, 9-22-17, 2 PM

Dear all;

In terms of the H2a issue, attorneys at DOH, DOL, and NYS Ag and Markets are seeking to provide some clarity.

Please know that the issue is not whether or not the H2a workers can access health insurance that is now legally required. The crux of the matter may be in how the employee signed up for health insurance. If they utilized a navigator service that automatically enrolled them or submitted the application for other benefits depending upon their income level (i.e. SNAP, WIC, etc.) then in such case they have actually applied for benefits.

Recall that at the border one of the screening questions is whether or not you've ever applied for benefits in this country. While a SNAP application from a foreign resident would be denied; the semantics are such that the employee, if answering completely, has now applied for benefits in this country - however inadvertently.

As soon as better guidance is received from the regulatory authorities we'll be sure to pass it along. In the meantime, if you have H2a workers who have not yet signed up for health care, please DO consult your h2a provider and/or an immigration attorney for better advice before encouraging them to sign. Or ensure that if they use a navigator, they carefully look to see if that navigator will automatically force an application for a different benefit stream.

I certainly didn't mean to panic anyone; but the reality is that with H2a system being notoriously difficult to utilize in the first place, sorting this issue out is pretty critical. Growers using the H2a program should at least be aware of this emerging issue and prepared to take some action and provide advice to employees, when we know what to say.




Below from Julie Suarez, 9-21-17, 3 PM

Critical issue for New York State's Farmworkers Enrolled in the H2a Program

I wanted to bring your attention to a critical issue for New York State's farmworkers enrolled in the H2a program.

As you may be aware, the Health Care Act allows for certain entities to serve as "navigators" charged with the specific responsibilities of signing up individuals eligible for the health care exchanges.

As you may not be aware, if an individual is a farm worker on an H2a contract, that individual is required to meet certain conditions for entry on an annual basis and is screened in their home country prior to admission in the US on an H2a work visa. One of the questions that will bar an applicant under the H2a program from future entry is whether or not the H2a worker has applied for benefits from a local, state, or national entity in the US. If so, the H2a worker is denied entry (the goal of the program is to ensure that admission is offered solely to foreign nationals and that while such foreign nationals are in this country, they cannot access US benefits or social services programs).

A local grower has reported recently that a health care navigator has begun signing up local H2a workers in Western New York for health insurance benefits on the state exchange system. While most likely well intentioned, the most unfortunate effect is that any workers who are signed up for health insurance are now considered to have applied for benefits domestically. This is a screening question and the H2a worker would subsequently be barred from admission next year into the country, despite whatever long history may have been enjoyed in previous years of working on farms during the season in the US.

I am writing this lengthy email to bring this issue to your attention, and to ask you to reach out to H2a employers in your area and ensure that they are familiar with this requirement and talk to their H2a employees. I would suspect strongly that an H2a employee being approached by someone who may have asked would you like health care, would be tempted to sign up without fully realizing the consequences.

Please help spread the word. Thank you, Julie.

Julie C. Suarez
Associate Dean for Governmental & Community Relations
Office of the Dean
126 State Street Suite 200
Albany, NY 12207

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Office 518-434-4157 | Cell 518-728-6061
JCS433@cornell.edu | cals.cornell.edu

Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

NEWA Survey Link

The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey — it'll only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Take the survey now:
https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GRlhOIDI5HwbR3

Whether you've used NEWA's online pest forecast models for years or have never used NEWA at all, we will benefit from your responses. Why? Because we are building a new website at newa.cornell.edu, one that'll be as easy to use on your smart phone as on your desktop, and we want to build it the way you want it to be.

NEWA is an online agricultural decision support system that uses real time weather data, streamed over the internet from 573 weather stations throughout the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic. NEWA provides insect and plant disease pest management tools, degree days, and weather information for growers, consultants, Extension educators, faculty, and others.

NEWA models and resources are available free of charge, and are used to make informed localized crop management decisions. The NEWA website will be upgraded soon and we want to know what users', new and old, want and need out of the new website.

All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not be shared with any outside group.

Thank you for participating!

For more information:

Dan Olmstead
315.787.2207
dlo6@cornell.edu

NEWA Coordinator, New York State IPM Program
Cornell University, NYSAES
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

NEWA is a Partnership of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program and the Northeast Regional Climate Center.


2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

The 2017 Champlain and Vermont Study trip was a great success and NY growers had again an excellent educational experience. See more by clicking the following link.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=501&crumb=business|business

Fall 2017 - NYSDEC Region 8 Clean Sweep NY

The collection dates and locations are:
Tuesday:   October 3rd Watkins Glen
Wednesday:  October 4th Hornell
Thursday:  October 5th Lakeville
Friday:  October 6th Waterloo

Pre-registration is required
and registration packets can be requested by telephone or e-mail at the following:Telephone: 877-793-3769
E-Mail: info@cleansweepny.org

For more details visit:   http://www.cleansweepny.org/

Mechanical Blossom Thinning Video

Click link for Details.
Mechanical blossom thinning video and story.
https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=449&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



Spray Mixing Instructions Considering TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV
Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, Cornell University
Win Cowgill, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Click below for full article:

https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_569.pdf

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017 for Gala and Honeycrisp

Poliana Francescatto, Craig Kahlke, Mario Miranda Sazo, Terence Robinson

full article pdf. available here: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=448&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38

2017 Census of Agriculture

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.


"Visual Guide" for March Pruning

A Practical "Visual Guide" for March Pruning of Young and Semi-Young High Density Apple Plantings
Mario Miranda Sazo

The document is a practical and colorful visual guide that shows some important pruning cuts to better grow and train the "money makers" Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji trees. The pruning cut decisions are easy to follow and their objectives are simple.  More information and the guide can be found here: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=440&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Presentations

2017 Winter Fruit School presentations that have been approved by the presenters are now available here https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=425&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38; past LOF Winter Fruit School presentations approved for public distribution can be found under the Apples at the bottom in a list.


Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

Please use the link below to watch a YouTube video in which Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy Specialist of the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and Mario Sazo, Extension Associate of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program discuss Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YkXmboxStE&feature=youtu.be


Apple System Payback Calculator Now Available!

Apple System Payback Calculator
You can down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.


New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

A new on-line classifieds has been launched to help apple growers and hard cider producers "connect" and conduct business. This website allows users to post items for sale and items for purchase. The site is not exclusive to growers and hard cider producers selling and buying to each other. The site can also be used for grower to grower business and hard cider producer to hard cider producer business. Click the following link to start the website: www.nyahcclassifieds.com. Click the following to download basic instructions on navigating the site: NYAHC Classifieds Notice


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