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New worker protection standards

Learn how to conform to EPA's new Worker Protection Standard regulations

The Worker Protection Standard Update session at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo on Wednesday, January 18 will address the new regulations and how to conform to them. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Landers, Cornell)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The EPA’s Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations have changed for 2017. Changes to the WPS regulations include: new no-entry application-exclusion zones, new training requirements, new posting requirements and others.

Come to the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo on Wednesday, January 18 from 3:15 to 4:30 to learn how to stay in compliance in the upcoming season. NYS DEC PCSII, Donald Nelson, will address the new regulations and how to conform to them.

This Expo session was organized by Maire Ullrich, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. DEC credits will be available.

2017 Worker Protection Standard Update
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

The 2017 Empire State Producers Expo is January 17-19 at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York and neighboring producers. Attendees can expect presentations by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.

Educational sessions offered at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo include commodity specific programs in berries, cabbage, processing vegetables, hops, grains, cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, potato, Cole crops, root crops and specialty crops; and focused programs in water management and irrigation, weed management, wildlife management, soil health, post-harvest handling, biopesticides, beginning farmer, marketing using social media and apps, transplant and greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, GAPS, labor, and hard cider production. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.

For more information about the Expo and to register, visit the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website at nysvga.org/expo.

—Cornell Cooperative Extension

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