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January 2019

NYCO Winter Meetings

January 8, 2019
10am - 2 pm
Geneva, NY

Presentation by Tomasz B. Falkowski, Ph.D of the Cornell University Horticulture Department

Farmer Panel: Mike and Karen Hooper of Memphis, N.Y., and Ben and Kate Wittemore of Candor, N.Y. Will share their experiences with bedded back barn.

Fay Benson, Cornell Small Dairy Specialist will review bedded pack design concerns and resources he has collected over the years.

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

For more information, contact Fay Benson, (607) 391-2699, afb3@cornell.edu

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

January 9 - January 30, 2019
10am - 12pm on January 9, 16, 23 & 30
Cortland, NY

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers
QuickBooks is the most used bookkeeping software for small businesses. With QuickBooks you can save time recording transactions and know where you stand financially every day. Learn how to set up QuickBooks for your farm business from the beginning. In this 4-part series you will learn:
  • Basic accounting concepts and reports
  • How to set up a Chart of Accounts to fit your farm operation
  • Invoicing and Cash Receipts
  • Recording and Paying Purchases and Expenses
  • Reconciling Accounts
  • Production and Analysis of Financial Statements
All in a small group setting with other farm operations, allowing plenty of time for interaction and questions. Laptops with QuickBooks 2018 will be provided of you do not have one.


2019 Becker Forum - Farm Labor: Planning for the Future

January 14, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Liverpool, NY

Registration fee is $95 for the first person and $85 for additional registrants from the same organization until January 5, 2019. After January 5, registration is $120/person.

For a complete agenda and to register: http://nysvga.org/expo/information/
or email: nysvegetablegrowers@gmail.com

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session I

January 17, 2019
Noon lunch, followed by discussion 1-3 pm
Cortland, NY

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session I
Genomic Testing and Strategies to Improve Herd Genetics, Dr. Michele Barrett-Zoetis

Cost: $10 for lunch

RSVP to Shannon Myers: (607) 391-2662 or srm242@cornell.edu

Questions to Betsy Hicks: (607) 391-2673 or bjh246@cornell.edu





Growing A Profitable Woodlot

January 26, 2019
10am - 2pm
Georgetown, NY

Growing a Profitable Woodlot, Saturday January 26, 2019, 10am-2pm

Cost is $10 per person and includes a pancake and sausage lunch at Many Maples!

Are you looking to derive value from your woodlot? Are you looking to diversify your farm operation? 
Do you want to use your woodlot to its full potential?

Please be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear as we will be going on a
woods walk during the class.

TO REGISTER:

https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/growingaprofitablewoodlot_225
OR Sarah (315)684-3001 Ext. 108 | sjs299@cornell.edu

2019 Winter Crop Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 29, 2019
9:15 Registration and Trade show, 9:55 -3:30 pm Program
Ithaca, NY

Topics & Speakers:
• Know Your Yields! Importance of Accurate Yield Record for (Nitrogen) Management of Corn -
Dr. Quirrine Ketterings, Cornell Nutrient Management SPEAR Program, and Karl Czymmek, PRO-DAIRY
• Evaluating Progress in Alfalfa and Grass Quality Management - Dr. Jerry Cherney Crops and Soil Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
• Crop Insurance Update: Dairy Revenue Protection - Fay Benson, Extension Educator
• 2018 Silage Variety Trial Results - Janice Degni, Extension Field Crops Specialist
• No-Till Famer Panel
• Corn Insert Management Updates: CRW, WBC & Nematodes - Dr. Elson Shields, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University

Ag Labor Road Show

January 30, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm
Syracuse, NY

Ag Labor Road Show
Experts from farms, private industry and Cornell University will focus on critical topics that affect all farm employers including: employee housing, onboarding, sexual harassment prevention, employee engagement, safety, wage and hour laws, and worker care.

Hosted by the Ag Workforce Development Council.

February 2019

Dairy Day - Syracuse Fairgrounds - CANCELLED

February 7, 2019
9:30 Registration, Program 10am-3pm
Syracuse, NY

Dairy Day - Syracuse Fairgrounds - CANCELLED
Speakers and Topics:
John Winchell, Alltech - Mycotoxins as the Cow Sees Them
Dr Andy Novakovic, Cornell University - Mega Trends in Consumer Markets for Dairy Foods
Belinda S Thompson, DVM, Cornell University - The Opportunity to Avoid or Control Salmonella Dublin in your Dairy
Dr Kristan Reed, Cornell University - Nitrogen Utilization Across Lactation
Dr Amy Vasquez, Cornell University - On-farm Culture Opportunities

Dairy Day - Owego Treadway Inn - Uncovering Opportunities for Your Dairy

February 8, 2019
9:30 Registration, Program 10am-3pm
Owego, NY

Dairy Day - Owego Treadway Inn - Uncovering Opportunities for Your Dairy
Speakers and Topics:
John Winchell, Alltech - Mycotoxins as the Cow Sees Them
Dr Andy Novakovic, Cornell University - Mega Trends in Consumer Markets for Dairy Foods
Belinda S Thompson, DVM, Cornell University - The Opportunity to Avoid or Control Salmonella Dublin in your Dairy
Dr Kristan Reed, Cornell University - Nitrogen Utilization Across Lactation
Dr Paula Ospina, Cornell University - Bulk Tanks and Milk Quality


NYCO Winter Meetings

February 12, 2019
10am - 2 pm
Geneva, NY

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

For more information, contact Fay Benson, (607) 391-2699, afb3@cornell.edu

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session II

February 14, 2019
Noon lunch, followed by discussion 1-3 pm
Dryden, NY

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session II
Beef Crossbred Calves at the Sale Barn, Ken Krutz - Empire Livestock, Claire Mulligan & Hannah Worden, ABS

RSVP to Shannon Myers: srm242@cornell.edu, (607) 391-2662
Questions to Betsy Hicks: bjh246@cornell.edu  (607) 391-2673

Tompkins County Agricultural Summit

February 26, 2019
Registration 9:30am Meeting 10:00am-3:00pm
Dryden, NY

Strategies for Farming in the Northeast with Changing Weather Patterns

Changing weather patterns and weather extremes are creating new challenges in an already challenging industry - come hear about new research and approaches to keeping ahead of the weather!

To Register: Contact Debbie Teeter, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, dlt22@cornell.edu  or (607) 272-2292

Cost $10.00 per person, includes lunch

Cancelled: Succession Planning for Farm Businesses - Workshop Series

February 27 - March 27, 2019
10:00am - 2:30pm
Dryden, NY

Cancelled: Succession Planning for Farm Businesses - Workshop Series
Members of different generations working in the same farm business are encouraged to attend this interactive workshop series to learn about skills, tools and tactics needed for success in a multi-generational business.

Workshop Information

Session 1 - Business Across Generations
Wednesday, February 27

Session 2 - Family Business Communication
Wednesday, March 13

Session 3 - Developing the Transfer Plan
Wednesday, March 27

Registration fee is $60 per person, which includes all three sessions, materials and lunch.

March 2019

Crop Management Topics

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 5, 2019
Registration 9:30am Meeting 10:00am-2:30pm
Binghamton, NY

Current and Interesting Crop Topics
DEC & CCA Credits in Application
Cost $15
See Flyer for Details

Dairy Managers Training

March 6 - March 13, 2019
9:30 Registration, 10am-3pm Training

Dairy Managers Training
Two-Day Training Session, March 6 and March 13

March 6: Owego/Newark Valley, NY  Flemingville United Methodist Church, 540 W Creek Rd, Owego and visiting Todd and Josie Spencer's Dairy Farm, 3657 West Creek Rd, Newark Valley, NY

Communication with People, Erica Leubner, NYFarmNet
Communication with Animals and Cattle Handling, Curt Pate, 1 hour in classroom, 2 hours in freestall

March 13: McMahon's E-Z Acres, 5950 West Scott Rd, Homer, NY

Facility Management for Profitability
Heifer Management & Facilities, Steve Chuta, Zoetis
Partial Budgets
Farm Walkthrough of Heifer Facilities

WEBINAR: 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE INSURING YOUR CORN AND SOYBEANS

March 8, 2019
12:30pm - 1:00pm

"It's too complicated" is an often heard comment from farmers looking to utilize Crop Insurance on their farms here in New York. This webinar will go over some of the first things a farmer would need to consider before reaching out to a crop insurance sales person. Understanding these concepts will improve the chance of purchasing a policy which will truly reduce the risk of growing crops.

Fay Benson, who works with the South Central NY Dairy Team, will share some of his experience while farming as well as knowledge gained during working with crop insurance education in New York for the past 10 years.


One tap mobile +16468769923,787940563# US (New York) 

By Phone +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 787 940 563


Webinar with Pro-Dairy and Cornell's Crop Insurance Education Team

Manure Handling & Trucking Safety Workshop

March 8, 2019
9am - 3pm
Cortland, NY

To register, call or e-mail Shannon Myers at (607) 391-2662 or srm242@cornell.edu

Cost: $10 for lunch

NYCO Winter Meetings

March 12, 2019
10am - 2 pm
Geneva, NY

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

Hemp Research Update and Information Session

March 13, 2019
1 pm - 3 pm
Binghamton, NY

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension Ag Development Center Conference Room (next to the Taste of NY Store) 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 This meeting offers the opportunity to learn about findings from 2 years of Cornell research projects, farmer's perspectives and how to navigate the process of permit application.

Crop Protection

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 20, 2019
Registration 9:30am Meeting 10:00am-3:00pm
Horseheads, NY

Current and Interesting Crop Protection Topics. 
DEC and CCA Credits in Application.
See Flyer for Details.

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session III

March 21, 2019
Noon lunch, followed by discussion 1-3 pm
Cortland, NY

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session III
Dairy Beef: All Questions Answered, Dr. Mike Baker - Cornell University; Calf Math, Megan Bradley - Genex

Cost: $10 for lunch

RSVP to Shannon Myers: srm242@cornell.edu, (607) 391-2662
Questions to Betsy Hicks: bjh246@cornell.edu  (607) 391-2673

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

March 27 - April 17, 2019
10am - 12pm on March 27, April 3 & 10; 1pm - 3pm on April 17
Cortland, NY

Learn how to set up and use QuickBooks in your farm or agricultural business. This 4-part series will cover:
  • Basic accounting concepts
  • Setting up a customized Chart of Accounts
  • Recording sales revenues
  • Recording and paying for expenses
  • Reconciling accounts
  • Creating and analyzing financial statements
  • Record keeping for risk management
All in a small group setting with other farmers, allowing plenty of time for interaction and questions. Laptops with QuickBooks 2018 will be provided if you do not have one.

Pesticide Applicator Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 28, 2019
Registration: Noon, Workshop: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Dryden, NY

March 28, 2019

Registration: Noon
Workshop: 12:30-3:30 pm
Light snacks provided/you are welcome to bring a bag lunch
Exam - TBA

Cost $25/Instruction class

3 Core DEC Re-Certification Credits Available

See Flyer for Details




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Upcoming Events

Sundaes on the Farm

July 21, 2024
Spencer, NY

Learn about Tioga County Agriculture! IFree Admission! Enjoy Ice Cream, Animals and Farm Tours, Kid's Activities, Food, Live Music, and Farm Vendors. 

2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 1, 2024
Aurora, NY

The annual Cornell Field Crop Research Field Day will be Thursday, August 1 at the Musgrave Research Farm, Aurora, N.Y. The program features walking and hay wagon tours in the morning and afternoon. 

DEC and CCA credits have been requested.

Tioga County Summer Walk Series: Pasture Walk #2

August 13, 2024 : Tioga County Summer Walk Series: Pasture Walk #2
Owego, NY

Pasture Walk #2 will focus on beef cow grazing!

Free to attend; register here. 
https://tinyurl.com/CCETiogaPW...

Announcements

Farm Participants Needed for Bale Grazing Grant!

Information on the Project:  
  • Approximately 10 acres total needed to bale graze two different bale densities
  • "Core" farms will graze two winters, "Demo" farms will graze one winter.
  • Payments for both "Core" farms and "Demo" farms
  • Baseline soil sampling by bale grazing team
  • Forage measurements in early season by bale grazing team
  • Late season clipping if residual not trampled down by farm
Interested farms can enroll for this winter or next.

Looking for 2-3 dairy farms to enroll! If interested, please reach out to Betsy Hicks, 607.391.2673 or bjh246@cornell.edu 


Cornell Cow Convos - New Podcast

On-going podcast, New episodes released on the last Thursday of the month.
Guest speakers, CCE Dairy Specialists.

Housed on Soundcloud Channel is CCE Dairy Educators


Topics:
  • Preventative healthcare for cows
  • The trend of beef on dairy
  • What to look forward to in the new year for dairy
  • Socially grouping or pair-housing calves



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!



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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.

Multi-Tasking
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 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.

Eligibility
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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