Event Details


March 12, 2019


10am - 2 pm


Jordan Hall, Cornell AgriTech (formerly the Ag Experiment Station)
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456


This event is free.


South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops

NYCO Winter Meetings

March 12, 2019

No cost, no need to register! Please bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. 

For more information, contact Fay Benson, (607) 391-2669, afb3@cornell.edu

2019 NYCO Flyer (PDF; 188KB)











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Upcoming Events

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

January 15 - February 5, 2020
10am-12pm on January 15, 22, 29 & February 5
Cortland, NY

This is a beginner level class is for farm bookkeepers who want to improve financial record keeping, figure out whether QuickBooks software is a good fit for their business, or enhance their QuickBooks skills. In this 4-part series, you will learn how to set up and use QuickBooks from the ground up.
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Modern On Farm Preparedness - Urgent Situations - CANCELLED

January 23, 2020
1-4 pm
Truxton, NY

CANCELLED - Preparedness for Urgent Situations.  Be Prepared for a fire, weather emergency or barn damage.
1-4 pm, Cuyler Fire Department

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Modern On-Farm Preparedness (All Sessions)

January 23 - February 27, 2020
1-2 pm Webinars, 1-4 pm On farm

Six sessions created to help farms prepare for modern situations
- Jan 23:  Urgent Situations (Cuyler Fire Department) *this session cancelled *
- Jan 30:  F.A.R.M 4.0 Update (live webinar, 2 locations Homer and Owego)
- Feb 6:  Activists (live webinar 2 locations Homer and Owego)
- Feb 13:  Social Media (Homer)
- Feb 20:  Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity (live webinar, 2 locations Homer and Owego)
- Feb 27:  On Farm Safety - Prevention, Prevention, Prevention (on-farm, E-Z Acres, Homer)

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2020 Educational Events for Hemp Production/Processiong

Cornell Hemp Education Events for 2020
Several upcoming events will be of interest to New York hemp producers and processors:

1. Long Island Ag Forum
Hemp information sessions will be held at the Long Island Ag forum on January 8 and 9, 2020 at the Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY.

For more information, to view a schedule of events, and to download a registration form, please visit:

2. Empire State Producers Expo
Hemp information sessions will be held at the Empire State Producers Expo on Thursday, January 16, 2019, at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY from 9:00 am to 2:15 pm. Speakers will discuss permits, hemp economics, greenhouse production, weed and pest management, crop insurance, organic certification, and evaluations of hemp cultivars. More information at https://nysvga.org/expo/information/ and events.cornell.edu.

3. NOFA NY Conference
Hemp workshops will take place on Friday, January 17, 2020 during the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA NY) 2020 Winter Conference. The conference will be held at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. For more information and to register, please visit https://nofany-winterconference.squarespace.com/. For descriptions of the seven workshops offered, please see this link.

4. Southern Tier Hemp Conference
This conference will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Broome County CCE in Binghamton, NY. Topics will include regulation, marketing, hemp cultivar evaluations, field management, disease control, and harvesting. The cost to attend is $30, and includes lunch. Participants must register by February 4th, 2020. For more information and to register, please visit this link.

5. Eastern NY Fruit and Vegetable Conference
Hemp information sessions will be held at the Eastern NY Fruit and Vegetable Conference on February 26, 2020 in Albany, NY. Please check back; more information about this event will be added soon.

Access all website links here: Cornell Hemp Page https://hemp.cals.cornell.edu/2019/11/22/upcoming-events-winter-2020/


CCE Hemp Exchange Board On-Line
Dear Hemp Growers & Processors: Our exchange board has its first postings; plenty of interest in selling and purchasing. You can check it out at http://www.nyhempexchange.org/

 *The NY Hemp Exchange Board is posted for your information and research purposes. Cornell Cooperative Extension does not endorse or recommend any product, service, individual, business or other entity. All "Hemp Exchanges" are posted at the discretion of CCE. "Hemp Exchanges" requests may be denied or removed at any time for any reason Maire Ullrich, MBA Agriculture Program Leader Eastern New York Horticulture Team - Vegetables Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County

US Domestic Hemp Production Program

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2019 ? U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States. 

An interim final rule formalizing the program will be published in the Federal Register that will allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. The rule includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve hemp production plans developed by states and Indian tribes including: requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced; testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements; and licensing requirements. It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own approved hemp production plan.

The interim final rule becomes effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Following publication, USDA invites public comment on the interim rule and the information collection burden. A preview of the rule is posted on USDA's website.

USDA also developed guidelines for sampling and testing procedures that are being issued concurrently with this rule. These documents provide additional information for sampling agents and hemp testing laboratories.

More information about the provisions of the interim final rule is available on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program web page on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.

Once state and tribal plans are in place, hemp producers will be eligible for a number of USDA programs, including insurance coverage through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. For information on available programs, visit farmers.gov/hemp.

New Paraquat Certified Applicator Training Available

Paraquat Certified Applicator Training to Prevent Poisonings Now Available | US EPA



Dairy Acceleration Program Funds Available

Funds available for the
  • 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
Guidelines remain the same DAP covers 80% of the cost up to the value of the award and the farm is responsible for 20%.  Visit https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairy-acceleration/

2018 Drug Residue Prevention Manual

For 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!


ProDairy Forage Management

Are you prepared to change your routine this spring?

By: Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Ron Kuck, Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team

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
First Cutting
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
Corn Planting
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.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Western New York Dairy Farmers Kim Shaklee and Janice Brown make the news with their successful Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship match. Kim and Janice are Master Graizers, and they are working hard with their Apprentice, Travis Belmore and preparing Lauren La Mar for an official Apprenticeship. 


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

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