Cornell Cooperative Extension offers Farm Disaster Preparation workshops
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 9:18 am

CANTON -- Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of Northern New York will offer 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 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 non-participating 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:

Jan. 15: Canton, Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, register with 315-379-9192, arf22@cornell.edu

The program fee is $35 and includes lunch and information materials. Preregistration is requested.