Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers
August 24, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 pm
New Hope View Farm
5937 US Rt 11
Homer, NY 13077
(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)
HostSouth Central New York Dairy & Field Crops
Become an Effective On-The-Job Trainer
Dairy managers, supervisors, and employees are invited to join Cornell Ag Workforce Development and the South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team for a hands-on workshop to become better on-the-job trainers.
Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers will take place from 1pm to 4pm on August 23 in Scipio Center and from 1pm to 4pm on August 24 in Homer. The same workshop will be offered both days, so choose the date and location that work best for you. We encourage farms to send multiple employees. Anyone who is involved in training other employees can benefit from the workshop!
Presenters Dr. Richard Stup from Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and Dr. Kaitlyn Lutz from the CCE NWNY Team will deliver the training in English and Spanish. Participants will learn skills to plan and conduct effective trainings for dairy workers and immediately put them to practice during the workshop through hands-on activities. All attendees will receive a bilingual, illustrated handbook to take home.
Effective trainings contribute to success of employees and the farm business. With training employees learn how to best complete their task and why it is important to the farm's success. When employees have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to do the job right, it saves time and avoids problems. With good training, staff feel important and involved, which keeps them engaged and reduces employee turnover.
When employees have the right knowledge, skills and attitude to do the job right, it:
- Saves time
- Avoids problems
- Engages employees
- Reduces turnover
This hands-on workshop uses the following system:
- TELL: describe the procedure and why it's important
- SHOW: demonstrate the procedure and emphasize key points
- DO: allow the learner to try to answer any questions
- REVIEW: are the steps in the procedure done correctly?
After the workshop you will be able to:
- Plan for organized and effective trainings
- Make trainings meaningful to employees
- Measure and follow up to see if people really learned!
Trainings are conducted simultaneously in English and Spanish!
The cost is $20 per person. Bring a standard operating procedure (SOP) from your farm to use during the training. Please register in advance through our website.
These workshops are supported by a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute.
Pasture Walk: Stockpiling Forages for Winter Sheep Grazing
October 11, 2022
Are your animals still grazing in January? Allen Shetler's sheep are! Join us for a farm tour to learn about techniques for stockpiling pasture and winter grazing small ruminants. See how Allen efficiently delivers supplemental feed to grazing animals using a Greg Judy-style bale unroller. Experience a sheep fencing demonstration and learn how to manage electric fencing for winter grazing. Network with others in the grazing community and discover grant opportunities to expand or improve your grazing operation. Representatives from the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District will be present to share information about grazing planning services and funding to support the development of grazing systems.
Free Mental Health First Aid Training for the Cortland County Agriculture Community
October 19, 2022
East Homer, NY
Join NY FarmNet & CCE Cortland for a free Mental Health First Aid Training for farmers, agribusiness workers, and anyone who interacts with the agricultural community on Wednesday, October 19th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (lunch is included).
Creating an Effective Land Lease with Attorneys from the Food and Farm Business Law Clinic at Pace University
October 24, 2022
Join CCE Broome and attorneys from the Food and Farm Business Law Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University for a free in-person event where we explore the components of a functional land lease which can meet the needs of both the landowner and farmer.
New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022From our friends at Cornell CALS
As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension's role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. The Farm Directory, which launches in mid-June, will connect consumers to producers of farm products and promote New York farms.
The Farm Directory will appear on the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' website at agriculture.ny.gov/farming/farm-directory. It will show information for each listed farm, which can include the farm name, farm type, point of contact, addresses, telephone number, email address, website, social media, and a listing of all available products produced by the farm. Other categories of interest to the public, like the farm's inclusion in the New York State Grown & Certified Program and designations of organic, halal or kosher certified may also be noted. Website visitors will be able to sort or search the directory by any field.
Since not every farm offers products to the public at the farm site, each farm can indicate whether it is open to the public, or if there is another means that their farm product can be accessed. This might include listing a distributor, a brand name that your product is eventually marketed under, or a specific consumer-facing website where the public can determine where to purchase your product in a retail location. The information available on the directory for each farm can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each business and farmers will be able to update their information as desired.
The creation of the Farm Directory derives from Section 16(52) of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, requiring the Department to create a directory of every farm in New York State. Farms will be receiving a package in the mail shortly outlining the Farm Directory purpose, a survey to collect information on the farm to be included in the Directory, and a return envelope.
If you choose not to have your farm participate in the Directory, you are required by law to notify the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets of this decision by opting out. Farms may opt out by returning the provided survey or indicating it through the online survey linked at the website above.
Farms that initially opt out can later contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets if they wish to be included at any point. Also, farms can also contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets if they wish to opt out after initially choosing to participate in the Directory.
For questions or additional information on the Farm Directory, please contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at (518) 485-1050 or FarmDirectory@agriculture.ny.gov.
NYS Climate Action Council Draft Scoping PlanThe Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) was signed into law in 2019 as one of the most ambitious climate laws in the world. The law created the Climate Action Council (the Council), which is tasked with developing a draft scoping plan that serves as an initial framework for how the State will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions, increase renewable energy usage, and ensure climate justice. On December 20, the Council voted to release the draft scoping plan for public comment. January 1, 2022 marks the beginning of a 120-day public comment period to receive feedback from the public as the Council works to develop and release a final scoping plan by the end of 2022. Read the Draft Scoping Plan [PDF] including the entire document with appendices. https://climate.ny.gov/Our-Climate-Act/Draft-Scoping-Plan
From Our Team to Yours: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers
Regional Team Operations During COVID-19Click here for an operations update.
Dairy Acceleration Program Funds Available
- organization of financial records/benchmarking up to $1,000
- continued business planning (for farms awarded in a previous year) up to $2,500
- business planning up to $5,000
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2018 Drug Residue Prevention ManualFor more than 30 years, the U.S. dairy industry has focused educational efforts on the judicious use of antibiotics through the annual publication of a Best Practices Manual. The 2018 edition of the National Dairy FARM Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management? Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is the primary educational tool for dairy farm managers throughout the country on the judicious and responsible use of antibiotics, including avoidance of drug residues in milk and meat.
The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool and resource for farm managers as they develop on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues. Visit the Manual and Form Library to download copies of this important tool!
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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
ProDairy Forage ManagementAre you prepared to change your routine this spring?
While spring tasks vary by farm, there are many "rites of spring," and they are often completed in a fairly rigid sequence. Depending on the farm, these often include fixing fence, spreading manure, planting new seedings, planting corn and harvesting first cutting, and are often performed in this order.
We are optimistic that the upcoming turn in weather will allow these task to be accomplished in a timely manner, but at this point it is time to ask yourself: Are you willing to change your spring routine?
In addition to adverse weather it is no secret that everyone is facing extremely tight economic times, and dealing with forage inventories of poor digestibility forages from 2017. This combination of factors makes it more critical than ever to be ready to tackle the task that will have the most impact on your business at the proper time.
Recent reference articles on dealing with tough times:
• Key Opportunities to Optimize 2018 Crop Production Efficiency
• Resources for Dealing with Spring Weather Delays
The number one focus should be on timely harvest of first cutting.
• Park the corn planter when a field of first cutting is ready for harvest.
o Monitoring 1st cut harvest timing
• Approach harvest by the acre, not by the field. Be ready to skip over a field that has passed its optimum harvest stage.
o Dynamic Harvest Schedules
• Strategically plan feed storage to best utilize forage inventories for the right group of animals.
o Strategic Forage Storage Planning
o When More is Better
The window for planting for silage is generally wider than for grain, which is why first cutting can and should take priority over corn planting. However, in the event of extreme delays in planting corn, performance will diminish with late plantings. If corn planting progresses into late May or early June, begin to consider alternative options for those acres. Previous research from Cornell and Penn State suggest a 0.5 to 1 ton/acre per week decline in silage yield for planting after mid to late May.
First and foremost during a time of year that can be very busy and stressful, taking every precaution to keep your team safe is critical.
The idea of fitting all of this work into a condensed time period, and still getting key tasks completed before critical deadlines can seem impossible, but year after year many find unique ways to get it all done. Consider working with neighbors, custom operators or renting equipment to accomplish these key tasks on time.
If you currently utilize custom operators, now is a good time to set up a time to meet with them and make sure you are on the same page to get tasks accomplished in the time-frame needed. Make sure that your expectations and goals are clearly defined. They will also be under stress to fit their work into a condensed period and meet their customers' expectations, so defining expectations and pre-planning how to most efficiently get the work accomplished when the custom operator arrives can go a long way to increase the chances for success.
NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit ProgramNYSERDA 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.
For more information and the NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application click here