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Local FoodsThe trend in local food consumption has been steadily increasing over the past decade. There has been a significant amount of growth in both direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, such as farmers' markets and community supported agriculture, as well as wholesale procurement. Harvest NY Specialists foster this continued growth through innovative programming and targeted business development consultations. With education and outreach on market readiness, good agricultural practices (GAPs) and operation develop, Harvest NY provides support to farmers to understand and implement changes to mitigate the barriers that often stymie the ability of small farms from participating in larger and more diversified markets.






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New York Berry Grower Survey

Last Modified: October 4, 2018
New York Berry Grower Survey

Attention New York State berry growers
Help us better understand the current status and future growth potential of New York's berry industry, as well as identify the best approaches to support and develop resources to help berry growers.

This survey, a collaborative effort between the New York Berry Growers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension, will provide critical information needed to obtain additional funding from the State for research and extension efforts.


Guide on How To Purchase at New York State Produce Auctions

Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Team Leader

Last Modified: March 9, 2018
Guide on How To Purchase at New York State Produce Auctions

A produce auction is a wholesale market for regionally grown produce. Currently there are eight produce auctions in New York State offering a wide variety of produce at competitive prices. This guide will provide basic instruction on the terminology of the auction, as well as how to purchase produce at these unique markets!

NYS Produce Auctions Locations and Contact Information

Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Team Leader

Last Modified: February 26, 2018
NYS Produce Auctions Locations and Contact Information

Produce auctions in New York State have been formed so that produce growers have a way of marketing their product to quality minded buyers through open competitive bidding. A map of produce auction locations across the state is provided along with auction days, times, and contact information.


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Upcoming Events

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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