Commercial Grower Regulatory Information



US Dept. of Labor

General website - https://www.dol.gov/whd/

Long Island District Office
US Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour Division
1400 Old Country Road, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590-5119
Ph 516.338.1890 or 1.866.4.USWAGE (1.866.487.9243)

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.
https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/hrg.htm

Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) sets standards for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers regarding wages, housing, and transportation. MSPA requires that contractors of migrant agricultural workers register with the Federal government, and notify prospective workers of the wages and working conditions before they are hired. MSPA also requires that providers of housing to such workers comply with certain minimum standards for health and safety, and that transportation providers have vehicles that meet certain standards for safety.
http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/firststep/poster_direct.htm?p_mspa=1

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Long Island Area Office
1400 Old Country Road, Ste 208, Westbury, New York 11590
ph 516.334-3344; fax 516.334-3326

OSHA Respiratory Protection Standards
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/respiratoryprotection/standards.html
https://www.osha.gov/dte/library/respirators/major_requirements.pdf

OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire - https://www.ycdes.org/docs/osha_form.pdf


NYS Dept of Labor

General website - https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

NYS Agriculture Labor Specialist: José Vega
546 St. John's Place, Riverhead NY 11901 (mailing address)
Mobile phone 631.560.3706; fax 212.775.3389
E-Mail: Jose.Vega@labor.ny.gov

NYS DOL Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs
https://labor.ny.gov/immigrants/index.shtm

Pay Notice and Work Agreement for Farm Workers
https://www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/ls309.pdf

Checklist of Required Postings for Agricultural Employers
https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/dipa/aglp3.pdf


Good Agricultural Practices

Information on steps taken in produce packing areas to reduce microbial contamination.

Food safety is a major concern for consumers, farmers, and buyers. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are the steps taken in produce packing areas to reduce microbial contamination. One area where reducing micro contamination is critical is in the washing and cleaning of produce. 

The Cornell Vegetable Program is proud to release a new video that shows produce growers standard operating procedures for using a germicidal bleach in a produce washing station. Growers will learn what supplies are required and how to calculate the amount of germicidal bleach needed to sanitize the water.


This video was developed by the Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York with support from the USDA and the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education.

If you’d like more information about Farm Food Safety, visit http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/food_safety.php

Additional videos can be found at the Produce Safety Alliance website https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/ or the Cornell GAPs website https://gaps.cornell.edu/.


Worker Protection Standard 

This federal EPA regulation is designed to ensure the safety of agricultural workers. It is enforced in NY by the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Chart comparing prior WPS standards with standards for 2017 and beyond.
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf

WPS How to Comply Manual
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/pesticide-worker-protection-standard-how-comply-manual

Agricultural worker and handler training videos

WPS Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-04/documents/wps-faq.pdf
NYS Region 1 DEC personnel will also assist growers with compliance questions.

Quick reference guide to the WPS standard as revised in 2015
http://pesticideresources.org/wps/hosted/quickrefguide.pdf


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

NYS DEC Bureau of Pest Management Information Portal. Labels for pesticides currently registered in New York.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad/products?0

NYS DEC Pesticides and Alternatives. Information and guidance on all rules and regulations.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/298.html

NYS DEC information on pesticide applicator certification and training requirements.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/45618.html


Water Withdrawal Reporting for Agriculture Facilities

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/86940.html

Contact

Melissa Elkins
Sr. Administrative Assistant Agriculture Program
me336@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 341

Last updated April 10, 2017