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Let's Write Your Agricultural Business Plan

March 8 - April 4, 2017
Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:30pm
Binghamton, NY

Let's Write Your Agricultural Business Plan

Tuesday evenings, March 8th through April 4th
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905

During this five part series hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and led by Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, participants will work through the various sections of a business plan for their agricultural venture. This is applicable whether you are considering a food-based business, growing fruits or vegetables, raising livestock or starting an agri-tourism based operation. Using a set of templates created by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture as well as the NYS Small Business Development Center, sample worksheets will lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, research processing alternatives, determine potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets will help participants to develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.

This series is set up so that farms can work on the worksheets between sessions and come back to discuss, get input from peers and professionals in the community and refine their plan.

The final session will be dedicated to each participant presenting their business plan to their peers, as well as a panel of those representing finance, marketing, agricultural businesses and production.

The cost to attend this workshop is $75/farm or family. This includes two registrations, a workbook to walk through the five sections of a business plan, as well as dinner and other handouts provided at each meeting. 

Pre-registration is required. Visit the registration page to complete your registration: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/developafarmbusinessplan_203.

Laura Biasillo
Agricultural Economic Development Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
(607) 584-5007 - Phone
(607) 723-5951 - Fax

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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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Tioga County Dairy Small Group Learning Workshops - Focus on Nutrition: Dairy Basics for Farmers

March 16, 2017
Owego, NY

Tioga County Dairy Small Group Learning Workshop - FOCUS ON NUTRITION:  DAIRY BASICS FOR FARMERS

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 - 12:30-3pm, CCE Tioga
  • SCNY D&FC Team's Betsy Hicks will be leading discussion on basic nutrition dairy men and women need to know. Bring your own forage samples and diet summaries to under-stand more about how your specific farm's feed looks.
  • Cost $10/per person
  • Light snacks and drinks will be served
  • Please pre-register for planning purposes
  • Register online or by contacting Jen Atkinson at 607.391.2662 or email jma358@cornell.edu
  • Questions? Call Betsy Hicks at 607.391.2673

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Register Now for CAFO Roadshow

New York Farm Bureau and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association will host a CAFO Roadshow in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell PRO-DAIRY.

This series of four seminars across the state will highlight the changes in the recently released CAFO permits and help producers understand how to prepare for compliance and decide which permit is right for their farm. All farms must be covered by the new permit by July 24, 2017.

All CAFO-permitted farms are recommended to attend one of the informational sessions where you will have the opportunity to both learn about changes and ask questions directly to the people who developed the permit. Farms of all sizes, particularly those who may be seeking coverage under the permits in the near future, are also encouraged to attend.

Dates and locations:

Central NY - Friday, Feb. 17, 9:30-12noon
Sunnyside Farm Shop, 2231 Indian Field Road, Scipio Center
Registration Deadline: Feb. 14

Eastern NY - Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1:00-3:30pm
Saratoga County CCE, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa
Registration Deadline: Feb. 16

Northern NY - Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1:00-3:30pm
Jefferson County Fair Building Exhibition Hall at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds
615 WTM Fields Drive, Watertown (Use 900 Coffeen Street for GPS). Entrance next to the Fairgrounds Inn
Registration Deadline: Feb. 17

Western NY - Friday, March 3, 1:00-3:30pm
Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg, NY
Registration Deadline: Feb. 27

Check-in at each location starts half an hour in advance.

Advance registration is required for attendance to ensure the locations can accommodate everyone. Please see deadlines below for each event. Space could be limited in some locations, so please register early. DO NOT call the locations to register. Register online or call New York Farm Bureau at 1-800-342-4143 and be prepared to provide details of who is coming and which event you will attend.
Central NY Online Registration
Eastern NY Online Registration
Northern NY Online Registration
Western NY Online Registration


Conference welcomes veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and those interested in transitioning to organic management

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is expanding its sixth annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference to two days: Thursday and Friday March 16-17, with Friday’s focus on half-day intensive programs. The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, NY, 441 Electronics Parkway.

Keynote Speaker Jack Lazor, co-founder of Butterworks Farm, leads off the conference with his inspirational address: Building Butterworks Farm: Adapting to Changing Times. Lazor has been a pioneer in alternative management practices on his dairy, moving from small-scale production to a complete grass-fed management. Jack also will share his insights into carbon sequestration and the future of Butterworks Farm.

In addition, the conference will honor NOFA-NY’s 2017 Farmers of the Year, Michael & Gayle Thorpe, and the NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will present on Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management. The staff will be available throughout the conference to answer questions on this important topic.

“NOFA-NY has been working to expand the Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference,” noted NOFA-NY Education Team Director Bethany Wallis. “We are excited this year to provide even more programming for farmers, thanks to our great lineup of presenters. We welcome anyone interested in organic management; this is the place to learn. Our half-day intensive workshops cover all the basics. And the fantastic gathering of experienced farmers and industry professionals are more than willing to share their experience and expertise.”

Complete conference schedule and details are available on the website: http://bit.ly/2k9sAOU.

Thursday workshops include topics such as Buckwheat, On-farm Energy Audits, NY Organic Dairy Program Updates, Solutions to Challenges of Grass-fed Dairy, Resilient Farming in a Changing Climate, Small Scale Processing, Holistic Look at Minerals and Livestock Health, Organic Dairy Cull Cow Market, Calf Raising/Parasite Control, Strategies for Success with Organic Weed Management, and Building an Efficient and Profitable Herd: Genetics for Grass Based Dairy.

Friday, March 17 is focused on two half-day intensive workshops: Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management, and the Art and Science of Grazing. Participants will also learn about Farming with a Future, and Industrial Hemp: the Next Crop in New York's Future.

The pre-registration deadline is March 7 but walk-ins are welcome. To register, call 585-271-1979 x1, online at: http://bit.ly/2ksFwBV or send a check to NOFA-NY, 1423 Hathaway Drive, Farmington, NY 14425. Full conference registration is $120, and includes lunch, dinner, and brunch. Thursday only is $65.00 (includes lunch); Friday only is $40.00 (includes brunch); Thursday dinner is $15.00. Children 12 and under are free. NOFA-NY members receive a 10% discount on registration costs (dinner excluded).

NOFA-NY is also looking for conference food donations, the wholesale value of which can be applied toward conference registration or taken as a tax-deductible donation. Food donors are listed in the conference program and in the banquet hall. To donate food, contact Paul Loomis at food@nofany.org or call (585) 271-1979 x515.

NOFA-NY is a member-based, non-profit educational organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers creating a sustainable regional food system that is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people.

NOTE: Advanced and on-site interviews are available. Please see media contact information above.

Amy Blum
Communications Consultant
Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY)
1423 Hathaway Drive
Farmington, NY 14425-8944
cell: (585) 880-1698
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Save the Date! March 16-17, 2017 is our Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference, at Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool. We hope to see you there!

2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available

2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available

The 2017 edition of the Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date field crop production information for New York State. It is designed as a practical guide for field crop producers, crop consultants, ag chemical dealers, and others who advise field crop producers.

In addition to the annual variety and pesticide updates, highlighted changes in this edition of the Field Crops Guide include:
• Updated malting barley variety descriptions, including field research trial data.
• Updated pesticide use information.

The Cornell Guidelines are available as a print copy, online-only access, or a package that combines print and online access. The print edition of the 2017 Field Crops Guide costs $30 plus shipping. Online-only access is $30. A combination of print and online access costs $42 plus shipping costs for the printed book.

Cornell Guidelines can be obtained through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or from the Cornell Store at Cornell University. To order from the Cornell Store, call (844) 688-7620 or order online at http://store.cornell.edu/c-875-pmep-guidelines.aspx

2016 Machinery Custom Rates


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 farm’s 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 farm’s 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

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 crop’s 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

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