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Testimonials

Dairy Food Processing

"I commend CCE's effort to aid and assist the rapidly growing dairy products production in our area. The continued rapid growth in our business, along with continued growth of established dairy businesses, and the opening of new yogurt operations has severely drained the pool of prospective, qualified plant workers. Without CCE's efforts, in conjunction with Genesee Community College, we would have little hope of filling the void. The jobs created by growth in this area require specialized training which previously was not available locally. Through the efforts of the Harvest New York staff, we have begun building a skilled pool of prospective employees from which many local companies can draw, fueling continued growth. The HNY Dairy Processing Specialist also helped us connect with the right resources to solve some of the more difficult problems involved in making our cheeses."
--Brian Bailey, Vice President of Operations, Yancey's Fancy, Inc., Corfu, NY



Local Foods Distribution


"Quite frankly, we wouldn't be where we are today without the help of the Harvest New York Local Foods Distribution Specialist. She was invaluable in helping us to identify funding sources and write grant proposals, resulting in a $175,000 award to conduct a feasibility study and full business plan for a food hub in Western New York. Food hubs are designed to serve a community's greatest needs and can take many forms. This is a planning project that will be based on deep analysis of what growers and buyers need. We would not have gotten the amount of funding we did in such a short time without the help of the HNY specialist, who is a fantastic partner and gave us the "oomph" to get things moving. We have long needed a resource and sounding board like this in our area. Also, the regional nature of the position provides growers in the area with a broader perspective on supply and demand."
--Lisa Tucker, Executive Director, Field and Fork Network, Williamsville, NY



Farm Strategic Management

"Nice work [on farmstead planning information provided to a Dairy Farm Advisory Committee in the Southern Tier]. Glad you're on the [farm advisory] team. I think your work has prevented us from making a big mistake on facility placement."
--Bruce Dehm, Dehm Associates, LLC, Geneseo, NY





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Upcoming Events

Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tour (Eastern NY)

June 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hudson Falls, NY

You asked for more New York craft brewery networking opportunities and Harvest NY listened! We're excited to launch our inaugural New York Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tours, which will follow the life-cycle of a pint of locally brewed beer. Visit fields of malting barley right before harvest, witness craft malt houses in action, see hop bines reaching for the sky, and savor the local flavors brewed by our friendly farm breweries. Come prepared to learn about each integral member of the New York craft brewery supply chain, as well as network with new friends. Bus tour will visit Argyle Craft Malt and Hops, Dry Town Hops, and R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewery.
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Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar

July 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Harvest New York is offering a 4 hour Preventive Controls for Human Food Overview course. This 4 hour seminar is not a substitute for the material presented during the 2.5 day course, but it serves as an overview of the requirements and can be used to gain awareness of the regulation requirements; as food safety team member training; or as a refresher to enhance understanding. Small- to medium-sized businesses are specifically encouraged to attend.
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FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training

August 1 - August 3, 2017

During this 2.5 day Preventive Controls for Human Food - Qualified Individual course participants will learn principles of food safety; how to develop a written hazard analysis; when and how to develop the appropriate preventive controls; fundamentals of good manufacturing practices; monitoring, corrective action, verification and validation; and how to develop a recall plan. Successful completion of this course will result in the participant being given a certificate and qualify them as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.
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Announcements

Industrial Hemp: From Seed to Market

New York is one of many states that has adopted an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, as permitted by the 2014 Farm Bill. In an effort to provide an understanding of the industrial hemp market, as it stands today, Harvest NY compiled information from both primary and secondary sources of information. The contents within our whitepaper, which focus on the crop from seed to market, is heavily summarized, with links included to more in-depth reference data. The NYS Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is being administered by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Reference to their guidance document can be found HERE.

Western NY Food Hub looking for produce farmers!

Eden Valley Growers (EVG) is opening their doors to new produce growers interested in selling through wholesale market channels! Dubbed the Western NY Food Hub, this business diversification will provide qualified growers with immediate access to wholesale markets. Based in Erie County, EVG is a vegetable growing farm cooperative that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Recognizing the increasing demand for locally grown food and the considerable assets the cooperative has, both in terms of infrastructure, sales and marketing, they are eager to provide Western NY farmers with a viable market for their produce. Click HERE to see more information.

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