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March 2017

Hard cider research at Washington State University

March 27, 2017 @ 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm
NYS Agriculture Experiment Station, 630 West North St.
Geneva, NY 14456 United States
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Carol Ann Miles, Department of Horticulture, Washington State University Horticulture Section seminar series. Via videoconference to A134 Barton in Geneva.

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Soil Summit

March 28, 2017 - March 29, 2017
NYS Agriculture Experiment Station, 630 West North St.
Geneva, NY 14456 United States
$100.00

Cornell experts to convene Soil Summit   GENEVA, NY - Soil amendments such as raw manure offer clear benefits to agricultural production, but they can also pose potential environmental and food safety risks if not handled properly. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule outlines some requirements for using soil amendments because of the microbial risks associated with their use.  Raw manure has been shown to have a higher potential to contain foodborne pathogens that can cause illness, especially…

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December 2017

Migrant Farmworker Housing Training

December 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Genessee Community College, Conable Technology Building Rm. T102, 1 College Road,
Batavia, NY 14020 United States

  Pre-Operational Inspections, Permitting Process, Seasonal vs. Year-Round Inspections, On-site Potable and Waste Water, New Construction/ Alterations/ Renovations, Engineering Review, Space Requirements, Housing Issues, Operator/ Employee Responsibilities and more. New York State Department of Labor H2A- The Process, Paperwork Requirements, Inspections, Best Practices and Time Lines. RSVP Your seat before November 28th, 2017 by calling Jessica Zaremski at 585-344-2580 ext 5525 or by e-mail at Jessica.zaremski@co.genesee.ny.us

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January 2018

Becker Forum 2018

January 15, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY United States + Google Map

The 2018 Becker Forum will take place on Monday, January 15, one day prior to the opening of the Empire State Producers Expo. The forum will focus on agricultural workforce issues with three general themes: securing a legal agricultural workforce, labor law compliance and H-2A program topics.

Featured speaker Kristi Boswell from USDA will provide an overview regarding her agency's activities aimed at improving opportunities for agricultural employers to attract and hire a qualified and legal workforce.

Other speakers will provide a review of changes in both state and federal laws as well as key employment practices to ensure labor law compliance. Belen Ledezma, New York State Monitor Advocate (NYDOL) will review key labor regulations and provide necessary posters for the farm workplace. In addition, Ann Margaret Pointer, attorney with Fisher Phillips, will review key components of federal labor laws that apply to farm employers with a focus on federal DOL inspections and housing.

The afternoon program will focus on information related to the H-2A Program. Current changes in the H-2A program will be highlighted. Since each year H-2A participation in New York increases, a panel of growers with experience using H-2A will guide forum participants through procedures that they used to effectively hire foreign-born H-2A workers.

A roundtable discussion with the speakers at the end of the afternoon will provide an opportunity for questions and discussion regarding critical workforce issues.

Registration for the Becker Forum will be available on the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website accompanying the Empire State Producers Expo information.
The 2018 Becker Forum will take place on Monday, January 15, one day prior to the opening of the Empire State Producers Expo. The forum will focus on agricultural workforce issues with three general themes: securing a legal agricultural workforce, labor law compliance and H-2A program topics.

Featured speaker Kristi Boswell from USDA will provide an overview regarding her agency's activities aimed at improving opportunities for agricultural employers to attract and hire a qualified and legal workforce.

Other speakers will provide a review of changes in both state and federal laws as well as key employment practices to ensure labor law compliance. Belen Ledezma, New York State Monitor Advocate (NYDOL) will review key labor regulations and provide necessary posters for the farm workplace. In addition, Ann Margaret Pointer, attorney with Fisher Phillips, will review key components of federal labor laws that apply to farm employers with a focus on federal DOL inspections and housing.

The afternoon program will focus on information related to the H-2A Program. Current changes in the H-2A program will be highlighted. Since each year H-2A participation in New York increases, a panel of growers with experience using H-2A will guide forum participants through procedures that they used to effectively hire foreign-born H-2A workers.

A roundtable discussion with the speakers at the end of the afternoon will provide an opportunity for questions and discussion regarding critical workforce issues.

Registration for the Becker Forum will be available on the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website accompanying the Empire State Producers Expo information.

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The Empire State Producers Expo

January 16, 2018 - January 18, 2018
SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215 United States
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This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the…

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July 2018

PSA Grower Training Courses

July 12, 2018
24 Martin Rd, Voorhees, NY 12186 NY 12186 United States
$50

The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule training requirements which states "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."

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program

July 12, 2018
Wayne County

Summer Tour, Wayne County

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August 2018

Empire Farm Days

August 7, 2018 - August 9, 2018
Rodman Lott and Sons Farm, 2973 State Route 414
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States

Empire Farm Days 2018! Be Here: August 7, 8 and 9! Empire Farm Days is the place to find everything you need for your agricultural enterprise and for rural living. Exhibitors are ready to talk with you about your equipment needs, best growing practices, animal health products, and ways to enhance your production and operational efficiency. Always New Features & Learning Opportunities In addition to all the popular perennial features of the show, we have added new equipment and new…

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January 2019

Save the Date for the 2019 Becker Forum on Farm Labor

January 14 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY United States + Google Map

Farm worker housing, labor law compliance, and the federal guest worker program (H-2A) are key themes for the 2019 Becker Forum. The event will take place on Monday, January 14 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. Employer compliance with new sexual harassment prevention laws will also be a prominent topic. Featured speaker Lynn Jacquez, from the CJ Lake law firm in Washington, DC will address what policy positions to expect from the new Congress and the Administration in…

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June 2019

Grow NY Farm Rally

June 12
Rally, West Capital Park
Albay, NY
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Free

There will be two bus pickup available.  One in Batavia at Exit 48, Farm Credit East -pick up at 6:30 a.m. The other will be in Waterloo at Exit 41, Petro Parking Lot - Pick up at 7:30 a.m. *Other sites may be added if needed. Please contact if you would like to participate, especially if you would like a bus ride. Let us know if you would like to help but can't make the rally.  

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