Disasters can strike anywhere at anytime. Farms are particularly at risk. With tractors and other equipment on the roads, livestock and crops in the fields the risks of accidents, storm damage and fires is a farmer's constant companion.
Now there is help.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of Northern New York are offering Extension’s new Farm Disaster Preparedness workshops to help farmers prevent and prepare for accidents involving farm equpiment on the road, on-farm fires or structure collapse, biosecurity and agricultural products storage, and wind and 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 their insurer 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.
Dealing with livestock injuries and reducing the opportunity for on-farm crime are also part of the 9:00am to 3:00pm training to be offered as follows:
- January 14: Farm Credit East, Burrville, register with 315-376-5270, firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-788-8450, email@example.com
- January 15: Canton, Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, register with 315-379-9192, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- January 16: Malone, Moe’s Pub and Grill, register with 518-483-7403, email@example.com.
The program fee is $35 and includes lunch and information materials. Preregistration for these classes is requested as they tend to fill quickly.