Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development has opened registration for a six-week course titled “Transitioning to Supervisor,” which is part of a new Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate program. The course begins January 28 with an introduction to the curriculum and use of the web-based platform, Moodle. Cost is $275. Class size is limited to 30 participants.
Supervisors are critical to the success of farm businesses. They have a major impact both on employees’ daily work experiences and on the production performance of the business. The Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results.
This course, and the whole certificate series, is appropriate for both new and experienced farm supervisors and managers, and those preparing to become supervisors. All participants will learn leadership concepts and practice skills that will improve their ability to build a positive workplace and get results through leading others.
From the comfort of your home or office, watch pre-recorded presentations on your own schedule, and engage with classmates and instructors during weekly, live discussion sessions. Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, expect to spend approximately two hours per week on lessons and assignments.
Direct questions to Rachel McCarthy, Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development program, visit Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
Thursday February 18, 2021- 10:30 am to noon & 1pm to 2 pm and Thursday February 25, 2021 – 11am to noon & 1 pm to 2:40 pm
The 7th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School this year will have expert speakers on grain storage management; a panel of progressive farmers to share expertise on grain storage, handling grain for seed, and packaging grains for retail. Lastly, heritage corn and small grain varieties will be discussed by university researchers who have years of experience evaluating heritage, ancient, and specialty corn and small grain varieties, including for organic systems. As the local grain economy grows, more people are re-discovering varieties from the past that bring rich flavor to breads, tortillas, brews, and other foods. Click on the links of each speaker to learn more.
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Day One February 18th - 10:30 am - noon
Grain Storage Management (SLAM) & New Technologies - Sam McNeill, Univ of Kentucky, https://www.engr.uky.edu/directory/mcneill-samuel, https://kats.ca.uky.edu/file/grain-storage-tips-sam-mcneill
Grain Storage IPM - Ken Wise, NYS Integrated Pest Management, https://nysipm.cornell.edu/people/kenneth-l-wise/, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE19BD8A62BE7D671
LUNCH BREAK - 1 pm – 2 pm
Farmer Panel – Tips for Successful Grain Storage Management
Doug Eldred, Eldred Hay, Grain & Seed LLC, tips for managing grains for seed
Peter Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain, experiences packaging grains for retail, https://lakevieworganicgrain.com/
Matt Kludt, Kludt Brothers Farm, adopting new technologies, https://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/a-family-team/
Day Two – February 25th - 11 am - noon
Above Average Grain Storage Management - Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/people/shawn-shouse, https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/blog/shawn-shouse
LUNCH BREAK - 1 pm – 2:40 pm
Heritage Corn Varieties - Margaret Smith, https://cals.cornell.edu/margaret-elizabeth-smith
Heritage, Specialty, and Ancient Small Grain Varieties - Mark Sorrels, https://cals.cornell.edu/mark-earl-sorrells, https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/09/2m-usda-grant-funds-value-added-grains-project
The Forage Management Course will begin with agronomic factors that influence forage quality and follow key strategies for harvest, preservation and feed out of quality feed. It will be valuable for decision makers and key employees in the cropping and feeding system on the farm. The course will include a mix of basic “101” level material combined with more advanced concepts and recent research findings.
This course will focus on practical information for day to day management and decision making of forage crops from crop selection to feed out on a dairy farm. Aspects of the course will be specific to Northeast U.S. growing conditions and horizontal silos (bunks, trenches, drive over piles) but most of the material will be applicable to any dairy operation and storage structure.
This is a seven-week course offered online using the web-based platform, Moodle. You will receive information on how to access this system after registering online. From the comfort of your home or office, watch pre-recorded presentations on your own schedule. Engage with speakers during weekly optional live Q&A sessions on Thursdays via an online webinar. Virtual discussions with class members enhance the overall experience. These sessions are also recorded and posted in the classroom for those unable to participate at the scheduled time.
Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately two hours per week on the lessons and assignments. This course has been approved for a maximum of 2.1 CEUs from the Cornell School of Continuing Education. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate notifying you of the CEUs awarded.
This series is supported by ag business management specialists from the following Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell University programs: the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, and NY FarmNet.
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, the Cornell Vegetable Team, Harvest NY, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program on January 27th for a remote GAPs training. Instructors will walk growers through how to conduct a risk assessment on their farm utilizing the seven areas of farm food safety. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a traceability system for their farm, as well as learn about packing house design with food safety principles guiding placement of equipment and suggested materials. Students will also learn about how to train their employees related to food safety and understand what they will need to implement on their farm in order to pass a third-party food safety audit, such as GAPs.
On January 28th growers can join us for a day focused on writing their farm food safety plan. Trainers will be joined by NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farm Products inspectors to give guidance and input for farms in creating their farm food safety plans to meet the needs for a potential audit. At the conclusion of day two growers will have all components of their farm food safety plans outlined with the most critical pieces.
The price is $35 for a farm to attend both days, or $10 to join on the second day for the farm food safety plan writing session. Day two is only for those who have previously attended a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training or GAPs training. The price for both days includes a "Farm Food Safety Decision Tree", worker training posters for use on the farm, and a flash drive pre-loaded to the farm food safety plan template, standard operating procedures, and log templates for use by the farm.
In order for a farm to participate, you must have the newer version of Microsoft Word loaded onto your computer, or be comfortable working within Google docs. We are utilizing Zoom for the training, you will need a high speed internet connection for smoothest participation experience. We also recommend a microphone to help in communication with both students and trainers.
Registration is limited to 25 growers on either day so register by January 21 st to ensure enough time to receive the workshop materials. Any questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated January 19, 2021