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- 2021 Michigan Virtual CSA Fair on Friday, February 26th
The Michigan Statewide CSA Network, a collaboration between Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), MSU Extension, and Taste the Local Difference, is excited to announce their upcoming Michigan virtual CSA Fair on February 26th. Those that would like to learn more about what a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share is, what their options are, and even find a CSA program in their area are invited to join this virtual open house. The Fair will feature two different drop-in Zoom sessions - a “lunch hour”, from 12-1pm, and a “happy hour” session from 5-6pm - for participants to explore local CSA programs. Participants can join regional breakout rooms to learn more about offerings in their area, or join a general information room to learn more about community supported agriculture broadly. Those interested in participating should register through MSU Extension: https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=CF883E5B1EA654E1058FB0CFB4BDFBA7E730104902D5BC1BF230F7BBDF0029FA Kelly Wilson, the Director of Community Partners with Taste the Local Difference, says that “CSA programs are a unique opportunity for consumers to get to know a local farm while receiving a consistent supply of farm fresh produce throughout the growing season. Since shares are typically purchased in spring, they also help farmers with critical early season funds to purchase valuable inputs for the main growing season.” Kelly also adds that, “they are fun opportunities to try new-to-you foods and, while all CSAs are unique, many provide recipes and preparation tips to help you use your share.” Taste the Local Difference supports farms and CSA programs throughout Michigan. Their online directory of farms allows users to search for a CSA program by county, growing practices, farm certifications, and more. Additionally, their blog includes articles on seasonal recipes and how to make the most of a farm share. About Taste the Local Difference: Taste the Local Difference is Michigan’s local food marketing agency and media company. Since 2004, our mission has been to educate consumers about the value of local food, and support food and farming entrepreneurs in building successful, well-connected, and thoughtful businesses. Our passionate staff members provide curated marketing services to local food businesses throughout the state. Learn more at localdifference.org
- Staff Highlight: Jen Silveri
Jen Silveri is our Director of Field Operations at MIFFS and we would like to recognize all of her hard work to ensure our organization's mission. Read on to learn more about Jen and her constant work with MIFFS! "I have worked for MIFFS for 5 years as a Co-Director. Before working for MIFFS, I was actively engaged as a board member for an additional 5 years." "I am inspired by all of the amazing people I work alongside at MIFFS and all of the amazing and weird things I learn from them. I learn something new every day at work and get really excited to continue to learn more about our connections to the ecosystem. I love being able to exchange that knowledge, and get excited about it with people and cultures." "I believe climate change and land access are the biggest challenge facing agriculture today. I believe it is absolutely vital to work with the land, knowing its strengths and challenges and letting those guide what and how we farm. We need to think about how to leverage, incorporate and support the regeneration of naturally resilient features of the land that can support and enhance farming. We need to adjust our farming practices to be more in sync with natural systems rather than fighting against them. I strongly believe that one of the ways we do this is by looking to practices of other land stewards from different cultures and diverse climates, many of whom have lost access to the land or whom have had it stolen. Those voices usually have the most valuable things to teach us. We need to find better ways to support equitable access to land, seek opportunities to learn from each other and problem solve together." "If lawns were looked at as an agricultural crop, it would be the largest irrigated crop in the US. They are by large, managed by untrained homeowners who unlike farmers, are unregulated and often have no training/experience in nutrient or pest management." MIFFS would like to once again thank Jen for all of her dedication to help this organization run smoothly and thrive!
- Insurance for Beekeepers
On October 7, 2020, MIFFS Veterans in Agriculture Network Coordinator, Nick Kaminski and GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Philip Preston discussed what crop insurance options exist for beekeepers and the benefits of insuring apiaries. Philip is a beekeeper and an Insurance Specialist for Greenstone Farm Credit Services in west Michigan. Philip discussed eligibility requirements for beekeepers to access crop insurance policies including: Apiculture RI (API), Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish (ELAP), and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2). A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. Check out the resources below to learn more! Other resources are available below: Greenstone Farm Credit Services Crop Insurance Guide USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) Apiculture Website USDA RMA Apiculture Insurance Fact Sheet USDA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) USDA Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) USDA Whole Farm Revenue Protection Fact Sheet
- Español | Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
Food Safety Enseñando Seguro Procesos Contáctenos RED_DE_PRODUCTORES_HISPANOS_2 no back MIFFS-RiseUp&DigIn-w-tag-button-art-clear RED_DE_PRODUCTORES_HISPANOS_4-800px RED_DE_PRODUCTORES_HISPANOS_2 no back 1/3 Para ver la página en español, haga clic en la bandera en la parte superior de la página y el sitio se traducirá automáticamente. MIFFS es una organización sin fines de lucro en todo el estado con la misión de conectar a los agricultores principiantes e históricamente desatendidos entre sí y oportunidades de recursos; garantizar la justicia social, la administración ambiental y la rentabilidad. Aprovechamos asociaciones estratégicas y altamente colaborativas para crear y habilitar redes de pequeñas granjas urbanas y rurales que dan lugar a un sistema alimentario local resiliente. Nuestro trabajo apoya el desarrollo de negocios agrícolas empresariales sirviendo como puente entre los recursos de los proveedores de servicios del USDA, el conocimiento de los expertos en la materia y la sabiduría de diversas comunidades en todo Michigan. A medida que el MIFFS crece para adaptarse a las diversas necesidades de nuestras comunidades, también brindamos asistencia en forma de diversos servicios. A través de nuestras reflexiones sobre nuestro plan estratégico, conversaciones con nuestros miembros y observaciones en los campos, estamos construyendo nuestros servicios para apoyar mejor al comienzo e históricamente a la población de agricultores en Michigan. La seguridad alimentaria ha sido destacada en los últimos años, Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) se ha enfocado en educar a los agricultores, especialmente aquellos con operaciones pequeñas y diversificadas, sobre cómo las actualizaciones y regulaciones de seguridad alimentaria los afectan y cómo pueden implementar planes de seguridad alimentaria en sus propias granjas. Con más compradores minoristas y mayoristas que ahora requieren certificación de inocuidad alimentaria, lo que significa que un productor que vende a ese comprador debe completar una auditoría de inocuidad alimentaria, comúnmente conocida como auditoría GAP (Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas), muchos productores se sienten abrumados. Este proceso requiere el tiempo del agricultor para implementar los cambios y mantener registros que demuestren que se mantienen las prácticas de inocuidad de los alimentos, más el costo de la inspección para obtener la certificación GAP. Puede ser un tema aterrador e intimidante, pero nos esforzamos por dividirlo en mordiscos más manejables con nuestros talleres a lo largo de los años. MIFFS ha organizado talleres de inocuidad de los alimentos en las granjas y simulacros de auditorías para dar a los agricultores una idea de cómo es realmente el proceso y cuáles son los obstáculos frecuentes, especialmente para las granjas que cultivan muchas variedades diferentes de frutas y verduras. A continuación se muestra una lista de los recursos en español recogidos de socios y proveedores de servicios técnicos. Proveedor Título del Recurso Categoría Enlace a los Recursos Penn State Extension Seguro para Empresas Agrícolas (Penn State Extension) UMN Extension Recolección de plantas enteras para el diagnóstico de problemas de plantas - GLVPN enlace UMN Extension Diagnóstico de problemas de las plantas enlace UMN Extension Búsqueda de problemas en el campo enlace UMN Extension Como cultivar semillas en casa enlace UMN Extension Cultivando plantas desde semillas en el jardín enlace UMN Extension Cultivando trasplantes saludables en el jardín enlace UMN Extension Suelo saludable para plantas saludables enlace La Alianza para la Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos (Produce Safety Alliance-PSA) Identifique la zona – Actividad suplementaria Seguridad alimenticia enlace La Alianza para la Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos (Produce Safety Alliance-PSA) ¿Qué es la infiltración? Seguridad alimenticia enlace La Alianza para la Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos (Produce Safety Alliance-PSA) Media geométrica, valor del umbral estadístico y tasa de muerte microbiana Seguridad alimenticia enlace La Alianza para la Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos (Produce Safety Alliance-PSA) Preguntas para generar debate durante los cursos de capacitación para productores de la Alianza-PSA Seguridad alimenticia enlace Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional ("OSHA") OSHA PUBLICATIONS Relaciones Laborales enlace Extensión del Estado NC La transmisión del Coronavirus 2 del Síndrome Respiratorio Agudo Severo siglas en inglés: SARS-CoV-2 Respuesta COVID enlace Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades ("CDC") Salud Mental y Afrontamiento durante COVID-19 Respuesta COVID enlace Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades ("CDC") Seguridad de los alimentos Seguridad de los alimentos enlace Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades ("CDC") Coronavirus (COVID-19) Respuesta COVID enlace Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias ("FEMA") Centro Nacional de Operaciones de Emergencia Empresarial Respuesta COVID enlace GrowNYC GrowNYC Asistencia a agricultores - Recursos en respuesta al Coronavirus Respuesta COVID enlace Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de MI (MDHHS) Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Preguntas y respuestas Respuesta COVID enlace Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de MI (MDHHS) LO QUE TIENE QUE SABER DE COVID-19 Respuesta COVID enlace Centro de Derechos Para Inmigrantes De Michigan (“MIRC”) Actualizaciones e Informacion de Coronavirus (COVID-19) Respuesta COVID enlace La Asociación de Mercados de Agricultores de Michigan ('MIFMA') Pautas y recomendaciones para Farmers Markets para modificar sus operaciones. Respuesta COVID enlace MSU Extensión covid-19 y agricultores latinos en los EEUU Respuesta COVID enlace MSU Extensión covid-19 y agricultores latinos en los EEUU Respuesta COVID enlace MSU Extensión Seguridad de los Productos en la Granja para Pequeños Productores en la era de COVID-19 Respuesta COVID enlace Extensión del Estado NC DESINFECTANTE DE MANOS HECHO EN CASA Respuesta COVID enlace Extensión del Estado NC LÁVESE LAS MANOS FRECUENTEMENTE Respuesta COVID enlace Extensión del Estado NC COMO PREPARARSE CONTRA UN BROTE EN SU COMUNIDAD Respuesta COVID enlace Extensión del Estado NC ¿QUÉ HACER SI ESTÁ ENFERMO? Respuesta COVID enlace Centro de Medicina Agrícola y Salud de Nueva York (NYCAMH) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information, Materials and Services for those who work in the Agricultural Industry Respuesta COVID enlace ServSafe COVID-19 Precauciones Videos de Capacitación Respuesta COVID enlace Estado de Michigan Información sobre coronavirus Respuesta COVID enlace Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional ("OSHA") Consejos de Seguridad para Proteger al Personal de Limpieza Durante la Pandemia del Virus COVID-19 Respuesta COVID enlace El Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. (USDA) USDA ofrece herramienta en la internet para ayudar a familias a encontrar comidas para sus ni�os durante emergencia de COVID-19 Respuesta COVID enlace
- Michigan Food & Farming Systems Safe Food Risk Assessment
The Safe Food Risk Assessment (SFRA) Index Resources - networking and networks - non-profit organization - Food Safety - Farming Search By Category: Select SFRA Category arrow&v Clear Filters Search By Keyword: Risk Question Low Risk – 3 Medium Risk – 2 High Risk – 1 Produce Safety Review requirement 1.01) Does the farm operator have a produce safety program that is followed to reduce the risk of foodborne illness? to implement and oversee a produce safety program? A written food safety plan (document) exists and is being implemented. Produce safety practices are generally followed, but a written document needs to be developed. A food safety plan is not available. A written plan or conformance with Cornell bulletin, “Food Safety Begins on the Farm.” www.gaps.cornell.edu or onfarmfoodsafety.org 1.02) Does the farm operator have a person designated to implement and oversee a food safety program? The designated food safety person is documented in the food safety plan. Yes, but the written document needs to be developed. There is no designated produce safety person. Code of Federal Register (CFR) §112.23 1.03) Has a farm representative completed the Produce Safety Alliance (PSR) or equivalent food safety training? Yes. No. 1.04) Are any crop production areas located near or adjacent to dairy, livestock or fowl production commercial livestock, poultry facilities and/ or municipal sewage treatment plant or landfill? And are they in the predominant wind direction of the crop field? There is no crop production within one mile of a commercial livestock, poultry operation and/or municipal sewage treatment plant or landfill. A commercial livestock, poultry facility and/or municipal sewage treatment plant or landfill is located within one mile but greater than 100 yards. Or There is a natural barrier that prevents contamination of produce. There is crop production within one mile. And There is no natural barrier to prevent contamination of produce. §112.83 2.09) Is there a policy describing procedures regarding produce and food contact surfaces that come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids? Written policy specifies handling/disposition of fresh produce contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids. Yes, but a written policy will be developed. No. 2.10) Are workers instructed to seek prompt treatment for cuts, abrasions and other injuries? Written policy requires workers to seek treatment for all injuries. Yes, but the written policy will be developed. No. 2.11) Are company personnel applying pesticides, sanitizing agents, or other regulated materials certified or licensed? Records indicate personnel are certified or licensed. No Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and MDARD http://www.michigan.gov/ documents/mdard/Final_ Reg_633_Restricted_Use_ Pesticides_547932_7.pdf 2.12) Are company personnel applying non-regulated materials (fertilizers, waxes, cleaners, etc.) trained on their proper use? Records indicate personnel are trained. Yes, but no records. No. 3.01) Is production water quality adequate for the crop being irrigated? municipal system. Annual water test by local water authority is documented. Or, Irrigation water provided by an on-farm well that is tested annually and the results are documented. Or, Irrigation water provided by surface water that is tested three times a year and the results are documented. Surface water sources are tested once near harvest time. (Note: Water testing is especially important if water comes in direct contact with edible parts of the plant and the food is eaten raw.) Water is provided from a source that is not tested. Water test reports indicate water is safe for irrigation. §112.44(b) Production water can be Irrigation, dust abatement, frost protection, hand washing, etc. 3.02) Is water for chemical and fertilizer application adequate for the crop being treated? Water provided by municipal system. Annual water test by local water authority is documented. Or, Water provided by an on- farm well that is tested annually and the results are documented. Or, Water provided by surface water that is tested three times a year and the results are documented. Surface water sources are tested once near harvest time. Water is provided from a source that is not tested. Water test reports indicate water is safe for chemical and fertilizer application. 3.03) Is production water inspected annually and protected from potential direct and non-point sources of contamination? Water source is contaminated. §112.42 (a) Production water can be Irrigation, dust abatement, frost protection, hand washing, etc. 4.01) Are measures taken to restrict access of livestock (domestic and wild) to the source or delivery system of crop irrigation water and crop production areas? Every effort is made to restrict livestock access, including noise cannons, scare balloons, fencing and other barriers. Some effort is made to limit animal access to irrigation water. No effort made to limit animal access. §112.41 and §112.42 4.02) Are crop production areas monitored for the presence or signs of wild or domestic animals entering the land? Records indicate production areas are monitored for the presence of animals. Yes, but records will be developed. Production areas are not monitored for the presence of animals, where potential exists. §112.83 5.01) If raw manure or other animal byproducts are used for crop production, is it applied in a manner that does not contact covered produce during application and minimizes potential for contact with covered produce after application? Manure application records document manure is incorporated and applied 270 or more days prior to harvest and does not touch any part of the harvestable product. Manure application records document manure is applied and incorporated 120 or more days prior to harvest and does not touch any part of the harvestable product. Manure use records indicate proper food- safety use practices. USDA GAP >120 days §112.56 5.02) Are liquid manure storage ponds located near or adjacent to crop production areas contained to prevent contamination of crops? Storage ponds are properly constructed and maintained to prevent leakage and overflow. Storage ponds are not properly constructed and maintained to prevent leakage and overflow. §112.52(a) 5.03) Is manure, compost, or biosolids stored either in the field or on farm near production areas contained to prevent contamination of crops? No manure, compost, or biosolids are leaching or running off from manure storage area. Any potential manure, compost or biosolids leaching and/or runoff is contained. Manure, compost or biosolids can leach and/or run off into crop production areas and is not contained. Proper manure storage demonstrated or indicated in records. 5.04) If composted manure, dead animals and/or treated biosolids are used, is the material properly treated to reduce the level of pathogens? Document in food safety plan indicates materials have been treated to reduce the level of pathogens or if received from a third party a certificate has been provided. Treatment of the materials is not documented. Compost/biosolid use records indicate proper food-safety use practices. Once the compost has been documented as treated no other amendments can be added. §112.54 §112.55 6.01) Have production fields been assessed for previous land uses that may pose contamination risks? Yes. Records indicate there are no potential risks from previous land uses (dairy, livestock or poultry feedlot and/or improper use of animal wastes, farm dump or other potentially contaminating uses). Fields are assessed, but records need to be developed. No assessment of previous land use has been conducted. 6.02) When previous land uses indicate possibility of contamination, have preventative measures been taken? Records indicate crops with minimal contact with the soil, or non-food crops are grown. Crops with minimal contact with the soil, or non-food crops are grown, but records need to be developed. No preventative measures taken to prevent food contamination. 6.03) Are fields that are subject to periodic flooding avoided to prevent crop contamination? Yes. Fields subject to flooding are used for non-food crops, portions of food crops that experience flooding are not harvested, or other precautionary measures are taken. No. 7.01) Are production fields assessed before harvest for possible sources of contamination? The food safety plan documents a pre-harvest assessment. A pre-harvest assessment is done, but a written document needs to be developed. No pre-harvest assessment is done. 7.02) Are the number, condition and placement of toilet and hand washing units in compliance with state and federal regulations? At least one toilet and one hand-washing facility for each 20 or fraction of workers. OSHA regulations are not met. Convenient field sanitation unit(s) confirmed . OSHA 7.03) Are field sanitation units located in a place that to minimizes the risk for product contamination in the case of tipping, leaking or malfunction? Field sanitation units are properly located to prevent or minimize risk of contamination to crop fields. A spill or leak from a field sanitation unit may run into production area or product storage area. Note: This question is N.A. if farm does not use. a field sanitation unit(s). §112.129(b)(1) 7.04) Are field sanitation units located in an accessible place for servicing? Location is accessible. Location is inaccessible. Note: This question is N.A. if farm does not use a field sanitation unit(s). 7.05) Does the farm operator have a response plan in the case of a spill or leak of a field sanitation unit? A clean-up policy is in the food safety plan. A spill response kit is ready and accessible to everyone on the farm. A clean-up policy is in the food safety plan. No. Note: This question is N.A. if farm does not use a field sanitation unit(s). 7.06) Are sewage and septic systems monitored and maintained? Facilities are periodically monitored and maintained in accordance with state and local laws. No. §112.131 (a)(b)© §112.133 (a)(b)(c)(d) 8.01) Are harvesting containers that come in direct contact with produce cleaned and sanitized as appropriate and necessary? The food safety plan documents that containers are cleaned and sanitized as appropriate and necessary. Containers are kept cleaned and sanitized as appropriate and necessarybut a written document will be developed. Containers are not kept cleaned. Clean harvest containers confirmed. §112.123 (d) 8.02) Is transportation equipment that comes in direct contact with produce cleaned and sanitized as necessary? The food safety plan documents that vehicles are kept as clean as practicable. Vehicles are kept clean, but a written document will be developed. Harvesting vehicles are not kept clean. Clean harvest vehicles confirmed. §112.125 (a) & (b) 8.03) Are hand-harvesting implements (knives, pruners, machetes, etc,) kept clean on a scheduled basis? The food safety plan documents cleaning and sanitizing schedule for harvesting equipment. Harvesting implements are cleaned and sanitized, but a written document will be developed. Harvesting implements are not cleaned and sanitized. Clean harvest implements confirmed. §112.123 (d) (1) 8.04) Are damaged containers properly repaired or disposed of? Containers are inspected for damage on a regular basis. Damage containers are repaired or discarded. Damaged containers are used in harvest operations. §112.22 (b) 8.05) Is harvest equipment and/or machinery in good repair? Yes. Leaking fluids and/or damaged parts may contaminate produce. 8.06) Are light bulbs and other glass protected so as not to contaminate produce? All exposed glass fixtures on harvesting equipment are protected with a wire cover, enclosed fixture or other means. Some glass fixtures are not protected. 8.07) Is there a written policy in the case of product contamination by chemicals, petroleum, pesticides or other contaminating factor? Written policy is available to deal with product contamination. Written policy will be developed. Contaminating factors may end up in harvested produce. 8.08) Is there a written policy in the case of broken glass or plastic during the harvesting operations? Written policy is available to deal with product contamination. Written policy will be developed. Broken glass or plastic may end up in harvested produce. 8.09) For mechanically harvested crops, are measures taken to inspect for and remove foreign objects (glass, metal, rocks or other dangerous/toxic items)? Harvested produce is inspected and cleaned of foreign objects. Foreign objects may end up in harvested produce. 8.10) Are containers, currently being used for harvest, also used for carrying or storing non- produce items? No. Written policy in the food safety plan does not allow harvest containers to be used for non-produce items. Harvest containers used to carry or store non- produce items and are clearly labeled. Harvest containers used to carry or store non- produce items and are not labeled. §112.116 8.11) Is water applied to harvested products microbially safe showing no detectable generic E. coli? Records indicate water is microbially safe for the harvested products showing no detectable generic E. coli. Water used on harvested product is not tested, but considered safe. Water used on harvested product is not microbially safe. Water test reports indicate water is safe. §112.44 (a)(4) 8.12) Is produce, especially high risk such as leafy greens, washed and stored after harvest in a way that minimizes potential contamination? Yes. No water is used after harvest or a sanitizer is used and monitored frequently. Temperature is also monitored. A sanitizer is used, wash water is changed frequently, and/or only running water is used. Temperature is not monitored. No §112.113 8.13) Are efforts taken to remove excess dirt and mud from produce during harvest? Every effort is taken to keep the produce as clean as possible. Dirt and mud contaminate harvested produce. §112.113 8.14) How is dropped produce handled prior to harvest? No dropped produce is collected. Or Dropped produce collected from the ground is not sold for raw consumption. Produce is picked up from the ground and sold for raw consumption. §112.114 8.15) Is harvested produce covered during transportation from the field? Farm policy in the food safety plan requires produce to be covered with tarp, enclosed trailer or truck or other means. Produce is covered, but a written policy needs to be developed. Produce is not covered and is exposed to other vehicles, overhead contamination, birds, dust and other 9.01) Are only new or sanitized containers used for packing produce? Food Safety Plan documents that only new or sanitized consumer containers are used. Some new containers are used. Mostly clean, used consumer containers are used. Containers are not sanitized. Some dirty, not sanitized containers are used. New, sanitized or clean consumer containers confirmed. §112.116 9.02) Are produce containers and other packing materials properly stored and protected from contamination? Produce containers and other packing materials are properly stored and protected from contamination. There is a potential risk that containers and packing materials may become contaminated in storage area. Containers and packing materials are or are likely to become contaminated in storage area. Proper storage of containers and packi. §112.123 (b)(2) §112.116 (b) 9.03) Are food contact surfaces in packing area and equipment (including refrigeration units) in good condition, clean and sanitized on a regular basis? Food Safety Plan documents that food contact surfaces and areas are clean and sanitized on a regular basis. Food contact surfaces and areas are clean and sanitized on a regular basis. A written document needs to be developed. Dirty food contact surfaces or packing area may contaminate produce. Clean food contact surfaces and packing area observed. §112.123 (c) & (d)(1) 10.01) Is the produce container or the product itself uniquely identified to allow trace back to the farm where it was produced? Yes. Traceability is documented. No Produce uniquely identified to allow traceability 10.02) If the farm is qualified exempt are you keeping proper records and providing complete business information on labels and/or signs? Pesticides and Crop Protection Materials (not assessed by USDA GAP audit) Yes. Records are kept and all labels and/or signs provide the complete name and business address of the farm where the produce is grown. No. §112.6 (b) 11.01) Is there a written crop protection material mixing and loading policy to protect food safety? A written policy in the food safety plan specifies mixing and loading requirements. Safe mixing and loading procedures are followed, but a written statement needs to be developed. Risky mixing and loading practices are occurring on the farm. 11.02) Is crop protection material mixing and loading adequately isolated from water sources and production fields? --At least 200 ft from surface waters -At least 150 feet from private wells -At least 800 feet from public wells unless protective site features exist.* -Adequate isolation to prevent contamination of production fields Isolation does not meet the minimum low-risk requirements. *Note: See MAEAP Technician for additional information on reduced isolation requirement from public wells. 11.03) Are crop protection materials registered for use on the crops that are treated (the product label lists the crop as eligible for application)? Products are registered for use with the Environmental Protection Agency and with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Products are not registered for use. 11.04) Do crop protection material applicators read and follow the label instructions? Everyone using crop protection materials follows label and labeling instructions. Label and labeling instructions are not always followed. 11.05) Are pre-harvest interval requirements (days to harvest) followed? No produce is harvested after the last crop protection application until the minimum days have passed. Harvest may occur before the pre-harvest interval is met. 11.06) Are the applicators of restricted-use pesticides (RUP) certified applicators? The applicators of RUP comply with the certification requirements. Non-certified and unsupervised applicators use RUP. 11.07) How do you assure that pesticide applications remain on- target and minimize off-target pesticide spray drift? A written drift management plan is utilized that minimizes off-target drift. Spraying operations are completed regardless of weather conditions or forecast, and regardless of the potential for off-target drift. 11.08) What pesticide application records are kept? Accurate records are maintained of all application of pesticides for at least three years (one year for general use pesticides). Partial records are kept. No record is kept. Chemicals used are known by memory or invoices only. Adequate pesticide records confirmed or plans to maintain complete application records 11.09) How are excess mixtures and pesticide tank rinsate disposal handled? Excess mixtures or rinsate are used at or below label rates. There is no plan in place to deal with excess mixture or rinsate. 11.10) Are crop protection materials and harvested products transported in the same vehicle storage area? Never. Yes, but after a thorough cleaning of the storage area. Yes, without cleaning the storage area. Produce may become contaminated. 12.01) Is there an immediate food safety risk where produce is grown, processed, packed or stored? No. There is no evidence of conditions or processes that have/or can contaminate products. Yes. There is evidence of conditions or processes that have/or can contaminate products. Satisfactory farm review. Any immediate food safety risk will result in an automatic unsatisfactory farm review under USDA GAP audit: Examples include excessive rodents, insects or other pests; employee practices that jeopardize the safety of produce; evidence of falsification of any food safety records and other unsatisfactory conditions and processes
Webinars & Conferences July-December: OEFFA Series Spread your wings this summer with workshops to help you start and grow your farm business, video replays which give you a taste of the OEFFA conference, and farm tours featuring Ohio’s community of inspiring, sustainable farmers! The 2021 OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series features 10 recorded presentations from the 2021 OEFFA conference, four on-farm tours, and two workshop series designed to help early career farmers build legal resilience and established farmers transfer their land. Discovering Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Farmers and Ranchers Farmers and ranchers: Ever wonder if your farm is at risk because of a lurking legal problem? Do you wish you knew where to turn for the answers? Those answers aren’t always easy to come by — especially for the most innovative, direct-to-consumer farmers. Discovering Resilience is a legal workshop designed just for you. This workshop empowers farmers and ranchers with the legal knowledge and skills you need to resolve legal vulnerabilities. You’ll walk away from this five-session, highly interactive, and producer-focused workshop ready to implement your own legal action plan and find legal answers with confidence. Plus, you’ll have a group of fellow producers to keep you on track. Amplify NatSci: Celebrating Native/Indigenous Heritage Month November 29, 2021, 11:00:00 PM The College of Natural Science will be recognizing and honoring Native American and Indigenous voices in STEM for this month’s Amplify NatSci series. Please join us on Monday, November 29 at 6 PM (EST) via Zoom. We ask that you register (and submit a question for our panelists) at the link. You can also find information about our panelists at the registration link. Risk Management at Appel Farms November 30, 2021, 4:00:00 PM In these workshops, we will explore what three different farmers do on their farms to reduce risk and ensure success. NCAT Agriculture Economist Jeff Schahczenski will be discussing the pros and cons of crop insurance for different types and scales of farming operations, with special emphasis on Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Join us to hear from Travis Appel of Appel Farms, a sustainable, diversified specialty crop and livestock operation in Springdale, Arkansas. Travis will talk about his production and marketing strategies at his diversified farm. Eliminating Workplace Violence in the Field December 2, 2021, 6:00:00 PM Migrant women farmworkers, have often been an invisible yet essential labor force. As recent census numbers show an increase in female producers, education will focus on all women including farmworker women and their employers on reporting violent incidents to authorities, making employees aware of their legal rights, safe work practices, medical referrals, treatment, and options including counseling if needed. Fair and Equitable Hiring on the Farm: Tips to avoid legal issues and build a great workforce December 2, 2021, 7:00:00 PM We all want workers that appreciate the job and support the farm or ranch’s goals, no matter where they’re from. We know that skill can be found within a huge range of backgrounds. But, many farmers don’t realize how the law defines discrimination, and whether their hiring and management practices could hold up to the scrutiny. This is an opportunity. By learning how the law sees discrimination, farmers can avoid legal problems and spot better ways to ensure we are attracting the best workforce possible. Join us for a webinar that explains the legal mechanics of discrimination under federal law as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin law. We’ll also share lots of practical tips about how to adapt interview and management practices to meet the law’s standards. If you aren’t in Minnesota or Wisconsin, still attend- federal law applies to everyone. Cumbre de Semillas Orgánicas December 6, 2021, 5:00:00 AM ¡Regístrese abajo para la Cumbre de Semillas Orgánicas de Washington y ayude a dar forma a la reunión! El evento se llevará a cabo en línea este año e incluye mesas redondas virtuales enfocadas en diferentes temas cada día según lo informado por los participantes. Nos reuniremos del 6 al 8 de diciembre de 2021 en la plataforma virtual Organic Seed Commons. Determinamos la agenda y los horarios de las reuniones más tarde. Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo December 7, 2021, 3:00:00 PM In coordination with The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo Sessions. Hazard Communication Standards December 7, 2021, 6:00:00 PM This Hazard Communication Standard training program is intended for female workers and managers in the agricultural industry. This includes dairy farms and small farms that hire at-risk populations. The major focus of the program is on the identification of and the safe usage of chemicals and pesticides, along with respiratory protection. La Septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino December 8, 2021, 2:00:00 PM La septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino está por llegar. En este momento de distanciamiento social, nos uniremos a través de una serie de eventos virtuales. Cada año, la Conferencia del Agricultor Latino depende de su creciente red de socios para ayudar a crear una conferencia que es representativa de la agricultura latina. Extendemos un sincero agradecimiento a todos los agricultores, organizaciones asociados, y socios profesionales que ayudan a hacer esta conferencia una realidad. Los seminarios web de este año incluirán excursión de campo virtual, discusiones con los agricultores, y presentaciones de otros expertos sobre temas importantes. Virtual Presentation: History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic December 8, 2021, 6:00:00 PM Organic organizations have recognized the need for training providing baseline knowledge and common language around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organic community. This presentation, delivered by Beth Schermerhorn and Asha Carter from Cambium Collective with the input of the steering committee and focus groups, will provide an overview of systemic racism in organic agriculture systems, data on current demographics surrounding organic farmers, consumers, and service providers, and existing policies contributing to or remediating discrepancies. Registration closes Monday, December 6th. NAFSN Voices from the Grassroots Webinar December 8, 2021, 6:00:00 PM Food Supply Chain Innovators, featuring Michelle Ajamian, involved in Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative, Shagbark Seed & Mill, and the Artisan Grain Collaborative Farm Employment Law Basics for Minnesota Producers December 8, 2021, 7:00:00 PM Minnesota producers- Are you sure you know when you’re required to pay overtime and minimum wage? Are you classifying your workers as independent contractors or interns appropriately? What about payroll taxes? Get the straightforward guidance you need to create a resilient workforce strategy in this webinar. We’ll walk through the rules and regulations around all the basics. We’ll also help you understand where more complex issues are lurking and get to the right resources for more answers. Organic Milk Workshop December 16, 2021, 3:00:00 PM This hybrid course will introduce attendees to the key raw milk parameters that influence organic dairy product quality and shelf-life and how to control these parameters at the farm. In the self-paced portion of this course, attendees will learn about the four raw milk parameters that impact processed product quality, including somatic cells, total bacteria, sporeforming bacteria, and flavor and odor profiles. In the live, instructor-led portion of the course, attendees will learn about controlling these parameters through on-farm management of equipment, teat and udder health, and more. The first 50 registrants will receive a hands-on kit to enhance learning outcomes in the self-paced course. Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update 2021 December 20, 2021, 2:00:00 PM The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Team will host the 2021 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Monday, December 20, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Normally held at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, we held the meeting online in 2020 due to health considerations with the pandemic. Having received positive feedback from attendees about both in-person and online formats, we will be offering the meeting as a hybrid of the two formats this year as a test run. The audience will include farmers, agribusiness representatives, retail sales and service professionals, private crop consultants and representatives of ag-related agencies. Out-of-state participants are also invited to attend. La Septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino January 12, 2022, 2:00:00 PM La septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino está por llegar. En este momento de distanciamiento social, nos uniremos a través de una serie de eventos virtuales. Cada año, la Conferencia del Agricultor Latino depende de su creciente red de socios para ayudar a crear una conferencia que es representativa de la agricultura latina. Extendemos un sincero agradecimiento a todos los agricultores, organizaciones asociados, y socios profesionales que ayudan a hacer esta conferencia una realidad. Los seminarios web de este año incluirán excursión de campo virtual, discusiones con los agricultores, y presentaciones de otros expertos sobre temas importantes. February 2-6: 2022 Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference February 2, 2022, 5:00:00 AM The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference brings together farmers and gardeners from across Michigan to learn and connect. One ticket gets you access to the full suite of 2022’s conference, including: pre-recorded conference sessions you can view at your own pace, both before and after the conference. downloadable slide decks and transcripts (when possible), a five-day live conference from Feb 2–6, offering a chance to connect with fellow attendees and ask questions of session presenters. All live sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing, additional resources from sponsors and vendors, all available from one site, one-year access to all the above materials so you can revisit the sessions and resources as needed throughout the year, access is per-computer/per-farm so more than one person can make use of the ticket. La Septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino February 9, 2022, 2:00:00 PM La septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino está por llegar. En este momento de distanciamiento social, nos uniremos a través de una serie de eventos virtuales. Cada año, la Conferencia del Agricultor Latino depende de su creciente red de socios para ayudar a crear una conferencia que es representativa de la agricultura latina. Extendemos un sincero agradecimiento a todos los agricultores, organizaciones asociados, y socios profesionales que ayudan a hacer esta conferencia una realidad. Los seminarios web de este año incluirán excursión de campo virtual, discusiones con los agricultores, y presentaciones de otros expertos sobre temas importantes. OEFFA’s 43rd Annual Conference: Rooted and Rising (Virtual on February 12 and In Person February 17-19) February 12, 2022, 2:30:00 PM After the 2021 conference ended, many attendees told us they loved the convenience of the virtual format but missed the hallway conversations, so we are working on a conference that has both! The Saturday before our traditional weekend, we will host a virtual day of conference complete with workshops, a keynote address, our membership meeting, and a few fun, creative things that will help you engage from anywhere with an internet connection. Our traditional weekend will look much like conferences in years past, but with a greater emphasis on networking, community building, and celebrating together. Socio will again host our virtual programming and recordings, including the in-person workshops, so you can still access all the learning even if you cannot make the trip. Extension Risk Management Education National Conference March 29, 2022, 4:00:00 AM The 2022 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. This conference will be held in-person in Omaha. National Webinar about COVID-19 Disruptions to Food Supply Chains April 21, 2022, 6:00:00 PM A multi-region, multi-institution research and outreach team investigating the impact of COVID-19 on food and agricultural systems will host a free webinar those engaged in the food supply chain. This hour-long webinar is part of the Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises project. The webinar will include a brief introduction of team members, a holistic project overview, survey tools used and example questions from the first survey, preliminary data from an environmental scan of available resources and insights from prior assessments of the impacts of COVID-19 on the Florida food system. Because this project is in its early phases, webinar participants will also learn how they, along with their stakeholders, can participate in the research through upcoming questionnaires. This webinar is the first of a 4-part series. Heading 2