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Dean Kathryn J. Boor selected as a 2018 Woman of Distinction Honoree by New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara

May 2, 2018
The New York State Senate hosted the Women of Distinction celebration on May 1, 2018 to "showcase outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond." Kathryn J. Boor the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) was selected as a Woman of Distinction Honoree by Senator Thomas F. O’Mara. Read more

Cornell Milk Quality Improvement Program Launches YouTube Page

Apr 19, 2018
The Milk Quality Improvement Program (MQIP) oversees the Voluntary Shelf-Life Program, which monitors the quality and shelf-life of fluid milk products through microbiological, chemical and sensory analyses. The MQIP launched a YouTube page to host videos that illustrate milk quality defects that are commonly observed during shelf-life studies and what causes them. Read more

PSA Grower Training Course and Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop May 2-3, 2018

Apr 12, 2018
In collaboration with the Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell Cooperative Extension Cornell Vegetable Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program, we are hosting a PSA Grower Training Course on May 2, 2018 followed by an optional Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop on May 3, 2018 at NYSAES in Geneva, NY. This program is for fruit and vegetable growers who need food safety training to meet requirements outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, GAPs/HGAPs (Good Agricultural Practices/ Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices) training required by buyers (i.e. 3rd-party food safety audits based on a written food safety plan) or if you are just interested in learning about produce safety. Separate registration is required for each day of the programming. Read more

Funding Announced to Advance Ag Industry Across New York State

Mar 30, 2018
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced nearly $600,000 of funding to advance the Agriculture Industry across New York State. Cornell AgriTech at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station is among the recipients of this funding approved by the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority to support research, promotion, and development projects. Read more

Investing in food safety outreach and education

Mar 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced awards from its Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) today.  Dr. Betsy Bihn (IFS@CU Executive Director and Director of the Produce Safety Alliance and the Cornell National GAPs Program) is the lead PI for one of the Multistate Education and Training Projects awarded funding. The title of the project is FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND FSMA COMPLIANCE: MULTILINGUAL AUDIOVISUAL FOOD SAFETY TRAINING FOR FARMS AND PACKINGHOUSES and the primary objective is to develop a multilingual food safety educational video training program for farm and packinghouse workers that will incorporate the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Read more

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