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August 2018

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop

August 7 - August 8, 2018
T 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; W 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Ithaca, NY

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop
The course consists of online lecture sessions that will cover basic dairy science, including composition of milk, dairy microbiology, and dairy food safety, as well as an overview of dairy regulations. Participants will also learn in hands-on sessions the basics of cleaning and sanitizing principles, unit operations -- both raw milk production and receiving, and dairy processing, plant equipment and design, general control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, in depth information on cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, their properties and applications, and a discussion on CIP and COP systems and common errors seen in the industry.

St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Bangor, NY

St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction Growers Meeting
This course will demonstrate pest management in fresh market vegetables in both field and greenhouse (high tunnel) vegetables; primarily for those growing for wholesale auction. A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. Judson Reid, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York along with CCE staff will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at the farm.

Growing Mushrooms on Gardens and Farms

August 29, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bronx, NY

Growing Mushrooms on Gardens and Farms
Please join us for an evening of fun-gi! Mushrooms are a wonderful crop to grow in the city, and can be incorporated into many existing growing systems to offer healthy, nutritious, and medicinal food to people and community. This workshop will offer gardeners and farmers of all sizes insight into a wide range of both outdoor and indoor growing methods for mushroom production. Anyone interested in learning more about basic mushroom cultivation techniques, starting a new enterprise, or considering commercial production at some scale are welcome to attend. 

September 2018

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop (VT)

September 25 - September 26, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Colchester, VT

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop (VT)
The Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as emphasize dairy processing establishment needs related to dairy sanitation to ensure that proper programs are conducted in their establishments. 

October 2018

Writing Your Business & Marketing Plan

October 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Watertown, NY

Writing Your Business & Marketing Plan
This session is designed for those who are looking to take their business to the next level. It will include discussion and coverage of the components and considerations for a strong business plan in addition to an in depth look at the marketing plan. This course will also provide you with a template to complete the respective plans.

Agritourism Workshop

October 19, 2018
10:00 AM - Noon -OR- 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lowville, NY

Agritourism Workshop
Have you been considering agritourism on your farm? Learn how to get started with agritourism, how to anticipate visitor expectations and important customer relations considerations, liability issues to clarify with your insurer, and how to market your enterprise for success! CCE Harvest NY Agriculture Business Development and Marketing Specialist Lindsey Pashow will be leading this educational event.

The Science of Cheese Making (Basic Level) and Vat Pasteurization Workshop

October 23 - October 24, 2018
Ithaca, NY

The Science of Cheese Making (Basic Level) and Vat Pasteurization Workshop
This workshop is designed for cheese manufacturers or others interested in the basic concepts of cheese making and is a required part of the Dairy Extension Basic Cheese Making Certificate Program. The course may also be taken as a stand-alone Basic Cheese Making training. The course begins with an online lecture component covering the key areas related to vat pasteurization and basic cheese making techniques, cheese culture basics, milk defects, cheese defects and cheese marketing. The course will also include 2 days of hands-on pasteurization and cheese making activities.

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Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety (Online Course)

July 1 - December 31, 2018

This online workshop (with rolling registration) is designed for those involved and interested in fluid milk processing and testing with the intent of providing the tools to support and improve on quality assurance/control and food safety programs for bottled milks. While the course design assumes participants have some prior knowledge of dairy microbiology & processing (e.g., Dairy Science & Sanitation Course), critical concepts will be reviewed and expanded on for those who do not. This course can be taken as a stand-along program, but it also fulfills the core training requirement of a Cornell Dairy Foods Certificate for Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety after all required prerequisite courses have been taken (e.g., Dairy Science & Sanitation, HACCP, HTST).
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2018 Empire State Barley and Malt Summit

December 12 - December 13, 2018

Liverpool, NY

Save the date! Join us for research-based technical updates, best practices for success, and supply chain networking opportunities.
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Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training: Preventive Controls for Human Food

January 7 - January 9, 2019
2.5 day class
Watertown, NY

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. This course developed by the FSPCA is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a "preventive controls qualified individual."
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Food Safety: Critical for the Success of NY Farms

The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness with over 128,000 hospitalized. According to the Center for Food Integrity, "food safety" is the third most common food topic searched online. The threat to human health from contaminated foods also represents a major financial risk for New York agriculture.

Harvest NY specialists are leading the effort to keep consumers safe and NYS farms and processing businesses successful in the emerging world of food safety. Despite the diversity of sectors we serve, each of our program areas touch on this topic; from the 4,600+ NY dairy farms, the 64,000 dairy processing jobs, to the 8.5 million residents of New York City. Although we focus on many other issues, Harvest NY recognizes that food safety is essential for New York farmers and consumers.

Read a report about our food safety work across NYS

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