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Winter Dairy Management - Don't Be Lame!!

March 8, 2017
Registration 9:30am, Program 10am-3pm
Binghamton, NY

Topics to include:
Identifying lameness, especially at its earliest stages
Economic impact of lameness
Facilities impact on lameness
Management factors that impact lameness

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Broome & Cortland County Schools are seeking local producers for school lunches

Are you a NYS farmer interested in gaining access to larger markets?

The Food & Health Network of South Central New York is working to connect regional farms and schools for an exciting initiative that will help farmers expand their businesses and encourage students to eat healthy, local food.

Broome and Cortland County Schools are looking for fresh and value-added products to use in school lunches.  Schools are interested in buying:
  • Romaine Lettuce, Apples, Cherry & Beefsteak tomatoes, Pears, Seedless Grapes, Baby Spinach, Seedless Watermelon, Carrot Coins, Blanched and Frozen Brocolli Florets and Ground Beef.
Participating producers will:
  • Recieve technical assistance and market readiness training
  • Earn competitive rates
Eligible producers will:
  • Are GAP certified or will become GAP certified (assistance is available!)
  • Can help with transporting food
Contact the Food & Health Network today if you're interested in participating!  Email Erin Summerlee at fahncoordinator@rhnscny.org or call 607.692.7669.

Visit www.foodandhealthnetwork.org for more information.

NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program

NYSERDA offers energy audits to help eligible farms and on-farm producers identify ways to save energy and money on utility bills. Reports include recommendations for energy efficiency measures.

Eligible farms include but are not limited to dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. The farms must also be customers of New York State investor-owned utilities and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farmís current utility bills to see if your farm pays the SBC.

Energy Audit Options
You can request the level of energy audit that best fits your farmís needs. NYSERDA will assign a Flexible Technical Assistance Program Consultant to visit your farm and perform an energy audit at no cost to you.

For more information and the NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application click here

Alfalfa Heights - Week 4

This is the fourth week of monitoring alfalfa height. Many fields of mixed grass/alfalfa were cut in the past week and some pure stands of alfalfa were also mowed early this week all across the 5-county region. Alfalfa growth in fields we checked saw as much as 6-7Ē. There looks to be a smattering of passing showers in the forecast for Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday, so the next few days are sure to be busy with a lot more first cutting being harvested. Early reports back on tonnage in grass fields are that it seems to have yielded well even though height may not have been what we would have expected. Some people have sent us samples back on cuttings - we always appreciate anything you are willing to share with us, so keep them coming! As always, feel free to reach out to Betsy and Janice (607.391.2660) to have us come out and check some fields with you. Let us know youíre reading! 

For this week's report click here

2016 Machinery Custom Rates


Malting Barley Resources

Brewing markets have one of the most stringent sets of quality standards of all the small grain markets. The humid northeastern climate of NYS can make this all the more challenging; even in the western North American malting barley regions, a significant percentage of barley crops may not meet malting quality standards in a given year. A grave mistake that NYS growers can make is to underestimate and/or be uninformed about the management attention that malting barley needs in order to achieve malting quality standards. If inadequate management is coupled with a difficult weather year, the chance of a malting barley crop failure is high. Operating in a new, developing craft economy also has its own set of challenges. Several aspects of malting barley need to be understood to manage the cropís potential to produce and meet market quality specifications for craft markets in our climate and context.

For more information, visit the following link: http://fieldcrops.cals.cornell.edu/small-grains/malting-barley

$25M for Southern Tier Agriculture

ALBANY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of program criteria for the $25 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program. The eligibility requirements are now available online at www.agriculture.ny.gov. The program will provide crucial funding for projects designed to help farms and agribusinesses expand and grow their operations, as well as increase environmental enhancements in Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Tioga counties. Applications will be available beginning January 19, 2016.

"New York's agriculture industry is an economic engine in upstate communities - driving growth and expanding opportunity," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to announce $25 million in State funding for the Agriculture Industry Enhancement Program which will provide vital support to all farmers and agribusinesses in the Southern Tier and keep New York's agricultural economy growing."

Eligible projects will increase agricultural production on farms and improve profitability, as well as support farmers in better managing and enhancing environmental resources. Projects that are awarded State funding may receive up to $100,000 to help with expenses associated with construction, renovation, irrigation, drainage, environmental enhancements, fencing, trellis systems and greenhouses. Eligible applicants that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to protecting or enhancing natural resources, may also be entitled to an additional $10,000 toward their project.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets will work in coordination with the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to administer the program. The SWCDs will pre-qualify projects and oversee the implementation of awards. Awards will be made on a semi-annual basis for a period of two years or until funding is depleted. Applications will be available and filed locally through each respective county SWCD. To find a list of the SWCDs, click here.

Applicants must meet the Department's definition of a farm operation and meet additional criteria as outlined in the program criteria, including participation in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management program within the past three years, or a commitment to participate in the program prior to being awarded.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "The Governor's targeted initiative to invest in this 11-county area is a big win for agriculture, and we're excited to provide applicants the details of the program and begin to accept their proposals in a few weeks. The funding being made available will have a significant impact on the future success of many farms and agribusinesses that are looking to increase production as well as their environmental sustainability."

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie said, "Preserving our State's farmland is so important to ensuring New York's agriculture industry has the room it needs to thrive and grow. I'm pleased that farmers and agribusiness owners will soon be able to take advantage of this special program, which will not only provide them with the support they need to make their operations more successful, but also will help them to enhance their land's environmental protections."

Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Assemblyman Bill Magee said, "The funding for farms and farm businesses announced by Governor Cuomo today will encourage sustainable growth, giving farmers in the 11-county area an opportunity to invest in the protection of farmland and natural resources, while enhancing increased agricultural production in the Southern Tier."

-NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets


2016 Residue Prevention Manual for Dairy Producers

The National Milk Producers Federation has released the 2016 Residue Prevention manual for dairy producers. This manual gives an update of some best management practices to lower the risk if antibiotic residues in meat or milk. It also contains a list of FDA approved drugs for use in dairy cattle. This manual is available free online at:


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Dairy Acceleration Program

Plan for profitable and environmentally responsible growth! The Dairy Acceleration Program is an initiative of Governor Cuomo, in partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The program is designed to enhance profitability of NY dairy farms and to maintain a commitment to environmentally responsible growth.

For full details visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy

South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops - Cornell Cooperative Extension