The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of northern New York are offering Extension's Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate workshops to help farmers prevent and prepare for accidents involving farm equipment on the road, on-farm fires or structure collapse, biosecurity, agricultural products storage, and wind or storm damage.
The training, presented by Jim Ochterski, agriculture and natural resources issues leader with CCE Ontario County, Jackson Wright of the CCE North West New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, and NNY CCE educators will focus on pre-disaster education, preparedness, and mitigation steps.
Farms that complete the Farm Disaster Preparedness Certificate training will receive a dated certificate to provide to insurers as a condition of eligibility for receiving a credit, discount, or preferred status. For example, Farm Family Insurance is offering up to a 15 percent discount. Nationwide is offering Preferred Status. The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances.
Farmers are encouraged to check the details of their policies with their insurance agents. Extension offers to work with nonparticipating agencies to explain the benefits of participating in the certification program to decrease losses due to accidents and disasters.
Dealing with livestock injuries and reducing the opportunity for on-farm crime are also part of the 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. training to be offered as follows:
January 14: Burrville, Farm Credit East, register with 315-376-5270,
or 315-788-8450, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 15: Canton, Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm,
register with 315-379-9192, email@example.com
January 16: Malone, Emergency Services Building, register with 518-483-7403, firstname.lastname@example.org
The program fee is $35 and includes lunch and information materials. Preregistration is requested.