Helping Farmers Cope with Stress
Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, plant pests, livestock diseases, and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. University of Maine Cooperative Extension has put together a website of resources for farmers and their families during these stressful times. NY FarmNet and Farm Partners, an affiliate of NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, offer similar resources. University of Maine CE: http://umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/farmers-under-stress/. NY FarmNet: http://nyfarmnet.org. Farm Partners: http://www.nycamh.com/newyork/farmpartners/
On-Farm Safety & Survey Training
The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) offers on-farm safety programs to any type of agricultural operation, including but not limited to Dairy, Vegetable, Livestock, Orchard, Crop, Greenhouse, and Equine. These services are voluntary, confidential and no cost to the farm owner. This project is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Labor Hazard Abatement Board. Safety surveys look at potential hazards around the farmstead, tractors and machinery and regarding use of personal protective equipment. They can take up to 1.5 hours and are geared to the farm owner/designee, but can include others, such as family members or workers. A checklist is used and a copy of this will be provided to you after the survey. Safety training topics can include Tractor & Machinery, Skidsteer, Forklift, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication Standard (Chemical Safety), Animal Safety, Safe Lifting & Carrying, and Worker Protection Standard. Other farm safety topics can be presented upon request and all safety-training topics can be conducted in Spanish. Each farm that completes an on-farm safety survey or training receives a certificate of completion and a copy of the training roster. For On-Farm Safety Surveys and other safety training topics please call NYCAMH staff at 800-343-7527 or via email. Jim Carrabba ext 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Anna Meyerhoff ext 291 or email@example.com. http://www.nycamh.com/programs/farmsafetytrainings/.
Cornell Farmworker Program
The Cornell Farmworker Program (CFP) conducts on-farm workshops on immigrant rights and emergency planning. Emergency Planning workshop topics include: discussions of state and federal regulations as they relate to farm workers, Spanish language skits that provide information about ways to respond if detained by a law enforcement official, assistance for parents who wish to assign guardianship for their children, overview of the purpose and process for assigning power of attorney, role playing exercises about how to respond to emergencies such as a car accident, farm accident, or an immigration detention, and information on health, education, legal, and other services. http://blogs.cornell.edu/smallfarms/files/2012/05/CornellFarmworkerProgram-1g0vwpb.pdf
Organizing and Conducting a Tractor Operation Workshop
“Organizing and Conducting a Safe Tractor Operation Workshop” is a concise informational outline of what is necessary to train apprentices, interns, volunteers, and inexperienced new employees in safe tractor driving skills. This publication, recently released by the Ag Safety and Health Program at Penn State, is free for download at http://extension.psu.edu/business/ag-safety/vehicles-and-machinery/tractor-safety/organizing-and-conducting-a-safe-tractor-operation-workshop.
Tick Management Tips
Many people have tick management on their minds these days, given the risk of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme and babesiosis. If a tick bites a deer, a mouse, or a person, it can share the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Once active, the bacteria can cause chills, fever, even palsy. Find tick management tips and a guide to preventing Lyme disease at http://www.northeastipm.org/about-us/publications/ipm-insights/tick-management-tips.
Food Safety Begins on the Farm
Cornell University’s GAPs programs provides a book for farmers on food safety tips to practice from planting to post-harvest. http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/educationalmaterials.html
Food Safety Curriculum for Farmers and Food Marketers
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County developed a curriculum to help farmers and food marketers implement the food safety guidelines they created under a grant from the USDA. The Farmers Market Federation and CCE Jefferson County will also be hosting workshops to introduce CCE educators and farm service providers to the curriculum. The curriculum and more information are available online. http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/about-food-safety/
A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety and Conservation
This guide, co-published by Wild Farm Alliance and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, details basic factors that affect the survival and movement of food borne pathogens on the farm and how healthy diverse ecosystems can help to keep pathogens in check. The guide addresses everything from wildlife and compost issues, to CSA visitors on the farm. To access this guide: http://wildfarmalliance.org/resources/FS_Facts_Tip_FAQ.htm.
Farmers’ Guide to Reducing the Legal Risks of a Food Safety Incident
Farm Commons has released this new bulletin to guide farmers through the legal aspects of food safety. The detailed legal explanations explore the background behind the law while action points help farmers move forward with reducing their legal risk exposure. http://farmcommons.org/resources/farmers-guide-reducing-legal-risks-food-safety-incident
Cornell University Food Safety Lab
The Food Safety Laboratory was established by the Department of Food Science at Cornell as a biosecurity level 2 laboratory to facilitate research on foodborne pathogens. Since 1994, the laboratory has been under the direction of Kathryn Boor, associate professor of food processing microbiology. Current research activities focus on the genetics, pathogenesis, evolution, ecology, and physiology of foodborne bacterial pathogens, including Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Listeria monocytogenes, and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. The mission of the Food Safety Laboratory is to facilitate basic and applied research on the microorganisms responsible for foodborne diseases and food spoilage. Results from these research programs are translated into practical applications through close interactions with extension programs in the Department of Food Science and in other departments. http://foodscience.cornell.edu/cals/foodsci/research/labs/boor/.
Penn State Food Safety Home Page
The Department of Food Science at Penn State University combines a user-friendly environment with a farm-to-fork approach for quick retrieval of food safety information pertaining to the entire food system. Unique to this site are two databases with over 1300 links to online food safety resources. http://foodsafety.cas.psu.edu/.
From Crop to Table: Pesticide Use in Produce
The 53-page report from the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center describes how pesticides are used in produce production, explores the risks of pesticide use to particular populations and the environment, and offers guidance to consumers on choosing fruits and vegetables with the lowest risk of pesticide contamination. The report is posted online at http://www.consumerreports.org/content/dam/cro/magazine-articles/2015/May/.
Online Farmers Market Food Safety Training
Four new online food safety training modules are being offered for farmers’ market managers and vendors through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The four modules cover pre-harvest, post-harvest, marketing and best practices at the market, and value-added products. The training is free and a completion certificate is offered. Find more information and register at http://www.safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/training/.