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Cornell offers Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate Training in October

From Lynn Bliven, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 9/17/21

The Farm Disaster Preparation program will help farm owners plan for and manage disasters that might occur.  This program focuses on practical pre-disaster education and preparedness, regarding farm equipment safety on the road, fire or structure collapse, storm and wind damage, criminal activity, farm chemical risks and biosecurity.  Farms that complete the Farm Disaster Preparation training will receive a certificate to provide to their insurer and may be eligible for a credit or discount toward the farm’s annual insurance premium.  The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances but can be up to a 10 percent discount.

The Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate is directed to all sizes of farms and all types of products.  Dairy and livestock farms are especially encouraged to participate in the program due to their additional concerns regarding animal agriculture. The person represent a farm should be the insurance policyholder; other key farm personnel are welcome. Course Instruction Team: Lynn Bliven, Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader CCE Allegany County; Stephen Hadcock, Team Leader CCE Capital Area Ag & Horticultural Program; Megan Henderson, Ag Educator CCE Madison County; and Jim Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH).

Certificate program will be held on Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6:00-9:00 PM via Zoom. You must attend both sessions to receive certificate of completion. Space is limited and pre-registration will be accepted through October 15th or until full. There is a $35 fee per farm for this program.  For more information please contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email at  Farms may pre-register and pay online at, registration will NOT be processed until payment has been received.

The Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate Training is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. For more information, call 525-268-7644 or visit our website at Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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