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OSHA Inspections: The Dairy Dozen

Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

June 6, 2014

OSHA Inspections: The Dairy Dozen

If you are a dairy farmer, chances are that you have already heard about the new OSHA regulations and the inspections expected to take place on New York State dairy farms starting sometime in 2014. (If not, refer to ?What to Expect from OSHA Inspections? in the September 2013 issue of Ag Focus). Here are the basics: only farms that have employed more than 10 employees in the past 12 months (excluding immediate family members and including part time employees) or have a temporary labor camp are required to comply with OSHA regulations.

On September 27th, Farm Credit East hosted the second webinar in a series about OSHA regulations and inspections. (To view the webinar, visit the following web address: Ron Williams, the Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Department of Labor-OSHA in the Syracuse office, laid out the basics for OSHA inspections of dairy farms. A Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) will arrive unannounced on the dairy to complete the inspection. The CSHO will present their credentials, conduct an opening conference, review records and programs, complete a walk around of the farm, and then hold a closing conference. Any violations will be discussed during the closing conference, and farms will have 15 days to accept and pay citations or to appeal.

Here are the ?Dairy Dozen?, the top twelve areas that will be reviewed by OSHA during dairy farm inspections:

1. Manure storage and collection structures
2. Dairy bull and cow behavior/worker positioning
3. Electrical systems
4. Skid steer operation
5. Tractor operation
6. Guarding of PTOs
7. Machine guarding on field and farmstead equipment
8. Lockout- Unexpected energy release
9. Hazard Communication
10. Confined spaces
11. Horizontal bunker silos
12. Noise

Do you see any areas in which your dairy could improve safety or safety training? Dairy farm employers are required to train employees on new labeling elements and the new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format by December 1st, 2013 (that?s right, you have less than a month!), so Hazard Communication training this is a good place to start. Remember that it is very important to keep records of any trainings conducted for employees because according to Ron, ?If you didn?t document it, you didn?t do it?. Visit for training guidelines and resources. You can also contact Libby Gaige at or 607-793-4847 for more information.











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Upcoming Events

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Penn Yan

September 17, 2019
10:00am to Noon
Penn Yan, NY

Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 
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Ontario County Fun on the Farm

September 21, 2019
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Seneca Castle, NY

Fun on the Farm works to educate non-farm public and our neighbors about agriculture around them. It is fun and educational.

Fun on the Farm attracts thousands of people and gives us the opportunity to communicate to the community the benefits of the agricultural production in Ontario County, the state, and the nation.

The event is free! There are many agricultural products that are available to be sampled. It is the perfect place to try that product you have seen in the store but didn't want to commit to purchasing.

Food is available to purchase for lunch. It is provided by a local service group.
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Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

September 24 - September 25, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Shortsville, NY


This two-day AI workshop will be held on September 24 and 25. 

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

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Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms

If you're wondering how to get your farm business in compliance with NYS Sexual Harassment Regulations, you've come to the right place.  The 2018 New York State budget included new regulations addressing sexual harassment in the workplace that became effective on October 9, 2018 for all New York employers, including agricultural employers. All employers are required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy and to provide annual, interactive sexual harassment prevention training for all employees.  Check out the resources developed by Cornell Ag Workforce Development, including step-by-step instructions and farm-friendly training videos.

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions

June 29, 2019

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions
for 2019 Crop Year

In response to delayed and prevented planting resulting from above average rainfall and wetness, the USDA Risk Management Agency has made a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules that effectively allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be acceptable as a post-prevented planting cover crop. Under this one-time rule change, producers are allowed to produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment. This change couples with previously announced one-time changes to the prevented planting rules - including expanded acceptable uses for post-prevented planting cover crops and a change in the cover crop haying and grazing start date rule - serve to help those struggling to meet their forage needs due to the weather.

Read the full article from the New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

The USDA-RMA states that "For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement." PRO-DAIRY specialists Joe Lawrence and Karl Czymmek and Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor and Director of Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program have released a letter stating "Corn on Prevented Planting acres meets these objectives."