Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Training Webinars

Training Webinars for Farmers and Market Operators

Open to the public

Farmers, their staff, market managers, service providers or community members who are interested in learning more about the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and the WIC Vegetables and Fruits Check Program (WIC VF) or the FreshConnect Checks Program (FCC) are welcomed to participate in any of the training webinars offered by the Department. Webinars are free and open to the public, but require access to the internet and a compatible device.

Training Requirement
New farmers participating in FMNP and all farmers participating in the WIC VF program must undergo a formal training offered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (Department), and submit proof of training. Proof of training is documented when the farmer completes the program quiz. New farmers in the FMNP must undergo formal training in their first year only. FMNP training is now offered in a pre-recorded format. All farmers in the WIC VF program must undergo formal training every year via live webinar format.

Training Options:

Live Webinar
The Department delivers training webinars online through an application called WebEx. Webinars are delivered in real-time by Department staff, and provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions. Farmers, Managers and those interested in learning more about the programs below may register.

Pre-recorded Webinar
A pre-recorded webinar for the FMNP is now available (new 2018) any day, any time for your convenience. No pre-registration is required. This presentation is like the Department's live webinar FMNP training only without the question and answer session at the end. The webinar is 45 minutes long and involves an interactive quiz, which is required for receiving training credit. Click this link to begin: FMNP Webinar Training.

If there are any troubles taking this pre-recorded webinar, please send feed back to the Department: This is a new software for this training program. You will need access to high speed internet and a web browser that is up to date. Depending on your internet connection and computer platform, it may take a few moments to load.

Group Training
Non-Department persons may host a group gathering to train farmers by registering for, and broadcasting the Department's live training webinar or pre-recorded training webinar. Coordinators must notify the Department of their plan to host a group gathering. The coordinator will need to complete and return the "Group Gathering Log-in" sheet and request a copy of the quiz, which must be filled out by the farmer and returned to the Department in order for the farmer to receive training credit.

Managers of an FMNP Market may elect to provide in-person training for farmers who are new to the FMNP. Managers must use the Department's training presentation to conduct the training, and must provide the quiz to document farmer's completion of the training. Presentation and Quiz materials can be found online.

If a manager is not available, Department staff may offer training over the phone. Call the Department to schedule this training.

How to Register for a Live Webinar
Webinars are free and last approximately 1 hour. The presentation is delivered via an online application called WebEx, and the audio is available through the phone and now through your computer. PC and Mac users will be prompted to download a browser add-in the first time they log into WebEx. Mobile device users will have to download the Cisco WebEx Mobile application from their app store. There are three types of webinars:

  1. FMNP webinar
  2. WIC VF webinar
  3. Nutrition Programs (FMNP and WIC VF combined into two hours)

Participants may register for any of the online webinars by selecting the link that says "click here" next to the training event session in the table below. Once registered, a confirmation email is generated by "NYS ITS Enterprise Conferencing" and sent immediately to the email address you used when registering. If you do not see this email, check your junk or spam folder. If you do not receive an email from "NYS ITS Enterprise Conferencing" in 24 hours you will have to re-register or contact the Department for assistance. Please check that your internet capable device is compatible with WebEx by checking the requirements here: Once you've registered, refer to "How to attend the webinar" below.

Pre-recorded Webinar:

FMNP Only (~1 hour)

Date, Start Time Event Link
Whenever you are ready Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Click here

Live Webinars:

FMNP Only (~1 hour)
     ~ You may be prompted to enter the meeting number before you are able to register. ~

Date Start Time Event Register Meeting Number Password
Wednesday, January 24 1pm-2pm FMNP Click here 648 536 670 fmnp2018
Friday, January 26 1pm-2pm FMNP Click here 649 958 130 fmnp2018
Friday, February 2 12 Noon-1pm FMNP Click here 647 902 541 fmnp2018
Friday, February 23 12pm-1pm FMNP Click here 641 752 358 fmnp2018
Friday, March 2 1pm-2pm FMNP Click here 642 379 243 fmnp2018
Friday, April 20 12pm-1pm FMNP Click here 648 655 612 fmnp2018
May TBD        

WIC VF Only (~1 hour)
     ~ You may be prompted to enter the meeting number before you are able to register. ~

Date Start Time Event Register Meeting Number Password
Thursday, January 25 10am-11am WIC VF Click here 649 128 230 fmnp2018
Friday, January 26 11am-12 Noon WIC VF Click here 644 362 606 fmnp2018
Tuesday January 30 12 Noon-1pm WIC VF Click here 647 782 098 fmnp2018
Thursday, February 22 2pm-3pm WIC VF Click here 649 469 227 fmnp2018
Tuesday, March 13 2pm-3pm WIC VF Click here 644 756 206 fmnp2018
April TBD        
May TBD        

Nutrition Programs (FMNP & WIC VF, ~2 hours)
     ~ You may be prompted to enter the meeting number before you are able to register. ~

Date Start Time Event Register Meeting Number Password
Wednesday, January 31 10am-12 Noon Nutrition Programs Click here 642 191 710 fmnp2018

FreshConnect Checks Program (~1 hour)
     ~ You may be prompted to enter the meeting number before you are able to register. ~

Date Start Time Event Register Meeting Number Password
Wednesday, February 21 12 Noon-1pm FCC Click here 649 538 009 fmnp2018

How to Attend the WebEx Webinar:
After you've registered for one of the webinars, save your registration email notice. Before the day of the webinar, verify that your computer device can use WebEx.

  1. Verify you have the minimum technological requirements to attend the webinar.
    Equipment requirements for the online webinar:
    • Telephone connection
    • High speed internet access
    • PC-based attendees: Windows 7 or newer
    • Macintosh-based attendees: Mac OSX 10.7 or newer
    • Mobile devices and Apple Watch may download the Cisco WebEx Mobile App from their App Store
    • Most compatible with latest versions of: Internet Explorer or Edge
      • Also compatible with certain versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox
    • Please refer to WebEx Meeting requirements here:

  2. Open the registration confirmation email sent when you registered. The email will be from "NYS ITS Enterprise Conferencing" and it may filter into your junk folder.
    • Click the link to join the meeting.
    • If you cannot find the registration confirmation email, you may go to the website and join the meeting by entering the meeting number and password.
  3. Accept the browser add-on or plug-in request. This may take a minute to download.
  4. Dial the webinar number on the screen once you've entered the webinar environment or elect to use the audio through your computer.

Training Webinars for State Agency/Service Providers

Closed to the public

This is a special webinar series and is not intended for farmers, market managers, customers or the general public.

State Agencies, and county service providers involved in direct administration of the Women Infants and Children Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP), the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) or FreshConnect Checks are welcomed to register for online webinars listed below.

How to Register for a Webinar

Agency Staff Only

Date Start Time Event Register Meeting Number
TBA FreshConnect Checks Program

Materials for Download

Group Gathering Log-in Sheet

Comparison Between FMNP and WIC VF

Comparison between FMNP and FreshConnect Checks

WIC VF Training Webinar Power Point - handout

WIC VF Training Webinar Power Point - full page

FMNP Training Power Point - handout

FMNP Training Power Point - full page

FreshConnect Training Power Point - handout

FreshConnect Training Power Point - full page

Contact Information

Jonathan Thomson, Program Coordinator
Jacqueline Boyer, Operations Manager

Phone: (518) 457-7076 ext. 1
Fax:     (518) 457-8398


Updated 2/1/18