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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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Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Come join us on July 23 in Seneca County at Quinten Good's farm for a demonstration and walking tour of 16 different pre- and post-emergence treatments in soybean and 12 different treatments and combinations in corn.
  • Tall waterhemp and marestail are two weeds that are resistant to glyphosate and ALS herbicide modes of action in the WNY and Finger Lakes regions.
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Income and Real Property Tax Primer-A Learning Circle for Women Non-Operating Land Owners of Ag Land

July 24, 2019
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Portageville, NY

For many of us taxes can be a mystery, let's have a conversation with the experts about the tax considerations agricultural landowners need to think about. 
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Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers-Cancelled!

July 29, 2019
12:45 - 4 pm

The Finger Lakes Graziers pasture walk has been cancelled due to some scheduling conflicts. 
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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."

New Guidance for Mortality Disposal Issued

NYS Department of Ag and Markets has posted guidelines on disposal of livestock carcasses, in response to reports that some rendering companies have halted pickups from farms.|1