Modern On-Farm Preparedness workshops and webinars planned

By on January 13, 2020

A new workshop and webinar series, “Modern On-Farm Preparedness,” begins at the end of January. These classes will help farmers prepare for everything from natural disasters to activist attacks on farm social media accounts. 

The workshops are presented on six consecutive Thursday afternoons, January 23 through February 27. Attend all sessions or individual sessions. Registration is $10 per session or $50 for all six sessions. Webinars can be accessed at the local site or signed in anywhere from a mobile device or computer.

Presenting organizations include Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY State Cattle Health Assurance Program, American Dairy Association, and New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health.

•January 23 – Preparedness for Urgent Situations. Be prepared for a fire, weather emergency, or barn damage. Old Acres Farm, 7863 Route 39, Perry, 1 to 4 p.m.

•January 30 – F.A.R.M 4.0 Update. The F.A.R.M program is evolving as farmers implement the program. Learn about how farmers have used and gained benefits and how you can use the F.A.R.M program.  Webinar, CCE Orleans County, Albion, 1 to 2 p.m.

•February 6 – Activist Preparedness. This session will address good hiring practices, available resources for support, and a plan of who to contact if something happens on your farm. Learn how to talk about activist videos and how to prepare your employees for these events. Webinar, CCE Genesee County, Batavia 1 to 2 p.m.

•February 13 – Social Media Preparedness. Learn how to respond to negative comments on farm pages. Resources and people you can call for effective responses. Lamb Farms, 6880 Albion Road, Oakfield, 1 to 4 p.m.

•February 20 – Disease Outbreaks and Biosecurity. Dr. Melanie Hemenway, State Veterinarian, will provide concrete steps to deal with disease outbreaks and make biosecurity recommendations for prevention. Webinar, CCE Wyoming County, Warsaw, 1 to 2 p.m.

 •February 27 – On Farm Safety-Prevention. Accidents happen. This session will focus on prevention and also address accident response. Breezyhill Dairy, 2705 North Sheldon Road, Strykersville, 1 to 4 p.m.

For information, contact Brandie Waite, 343-3040 ext.138, bls238@cornell.edu. Register at nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/events.php.

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