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January 2022

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022
7pm - 9pm
Online via Zoom

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business. Federal and state income taxes will be covered. Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well.

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

January 21, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18, 2022

11am - 12pm
Virtual meeting

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

The first days and weeks on the job set the course for a new farm employee. Given the tight labor market, a successful onboarding program can be an essential tool to help reduce employee turnover, increase employee safety and productivity, and contribute to a farm's success. The three-session Onboarding Zoom Series focuses on navigating employment requirements and improving human resource management practices, including enhancing training skills.

Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022
7pm - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom

Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about the tax advantages available for farms. This workshop will include information for the current tax season.

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 1 of 3

January 27, 2022 : Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Virtual Meeting Via Zoom

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 1 of 3

Jan 27 - DMC & DRP: Navigating the options, with Chris Wolf, Cornell University & KC Slade, Crop Growers

Have you heard about the changes to DMC?  Are you interested in DRP but don't know where to start?  This meeting will go over the basics of both programs for dairy farms and presenters will be live to lead discussion and answer questions!

Winter Crop Meeting 2022 - A Virtual Weekly Meeting Series

January 14, 2022
January 21, 2022
January 28, 2022
February 4, 2022
March 23, 2022
: 2022 Winter Crop Meeting - Virtual Weekly Series
1:00 - 2:00pm
Virtual / Zoom Video Conference

Winter Crop Meeting 2022 - A Virtual Weekly Meeting Series

Sessions are on Friday, except March 23 (Wednesday)

Week 1:  Methane's Role in Global Warming & Current and Future Opportunities to Decrease Enteric Methane
Week 2: Corn Silage Hybrid Trials 2021 Update & Management Tips
Week 3: The Value of Manure told with Five Stories
Week 4: Carbon Markets - A Realistic Outlook
Week 5: Net 0 and Sustainability - What it Means for the Dairy Industry


$15 for series PER PERSON (Full 5 sessions for $15 per individual); CCA credits available for all sessions

February 2022

NYCO Meeting - Winter 2022

February 8, 2022
10 am - 2 pm
Virtual or J Martin Auctions
Waterloo , NY

NYCO Meeting - Winter 2022

The NY Certified Organic (NYCO) Discussion Meetings are back for just one meeting this winter and another this spring. The planning committee felt that we could have a safe winter meeting at J Martin Auctions due to the size of the facility which allows for personal spacing, for those who feel comfortable and wish to attend in-person. We will also have a zoom link for those that would like to attend virtually.

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

January 21, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18, 2022

11am - 12pm
Virtual meeting

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

The first days and weeks on the job set the course for a new farm employee. Given the tight labor market, a successful onboarding program can be an essential tool to help reduce employee turnover, increase employee safety and productivity, and contribute to a farm's success. The three-session Onboarding Zoom Series focuses on navigating employment requirements and improving human resource management practices, including enhancing training skills.

Implementing Practical Genetics for the Commercial Dairy

February 16, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 16, 2022
March 30, 2022

(2/16) 12 pm - 1 pm, (2/23 - 3/16) 12 pm - 12:45 pm
Virtual Webinar with option for In-person Workshop

Implementing Practical Genetics for the Commercial Dairy

This webinar series will be presented by Dr. Heather Huson, Faculty, Dept. of Animal Science, Cornell University. 

Based on Dr. Huson's Applied Genetics course this program will give participants an understanding of how to use genetic information to reach their herd goals. An optional in-person session will provide an opportunity for hands on practice with genetic analysis tools.

Option for in-person workshop at the conclusion of webinar series; choice between one of two dates/locations. Must attend final webinar session (3/16) to attend in-person workshop

Field Crop Weed Identification and Control Series 2022

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 2, 2022
February 16, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 16, 2022

12-1:00 pm
Virtual

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 2 of 3

February 24, 2022 : Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Virtual Meeting Via Zoom

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 2 of 3

Feb 24 - The Costs of Dairy Labor, with Jason Karzses, Cornell PRO-DAIRY

Labor is on top of many NY dairy farmers minds right now.  Jason will go over the economics of labor in NY and lead discussion around what farmers have put in place in their own dairy businesses.

March 2022

Dairy Support Services - VIRTUAL Spring Safety Meeting

March 15, 2022
Virtual - 9:30 - 2:30pm
Virtual Meeting Via Zoom

Dairy Support Services - VIRTUAL Spring Safety Meeting

Dairy Support Services Company Spring Safety Meeting

March 15, 2022 at 9:30am
There is no fee to attend virtually. You must register to receive the link to join.

This meeting is targeted at both experienced and new farm workers who are operating trucks and ag equipment while applying manure and harvesting crops. There will be CAFO training credits available for farms that need them. This meeting will be held live and in person, but a zoom option allowing remote viewing will be offered.

DSS Spring Safety Meeting In-Person with Lunch

March 15, 2022
9:00am check-in
CNY Farm Supply
Cortland, NY

DSS Spring Safety Meeting In-Person with Lunch

March 15, 2022 at 9:00am

There is a $20 fee to register for this meeting with includes a BBQ lunch. 

This meeting is targeted at both experienced and new farm workers who are operating trucks and ag equipment while applying manure and harvesting crops. There will be CAFO training credits available for farms that need them. This meeting will be held live and in person, but a zoom option allowing remote viewing will be offered.

F.A.R.M. 4.0 Updates & Insights

March 17, 2022
12:00 pm
Virtual Meeting Via Zoom

F.A.R.M. 4.0 Updates & Insights

This program will cover the important updates in FARM Animal Care Version 4.0, review target guidelines and identify possible corrective actions, and highlight cow comfort and lameness benchmarks from dairies across NYS to indicate where we are today. This program is applicable to any type or size of dairy that participates in the FARM Program through their milk cooperative.

Understanding and Mitigating Lameness

March 22, 2022
10:00am-12:30pm
Virtual Workshop Via Zoom

Understanding and Mitigating Lameness

This virtual workshop is for anyone who works with dairy cattle. This program will cover how to identify lameness, what factors cause lameness, and practical strategies to avoid and mitigate lameness on your dairy.

CANCELLED * Pesticide Applicator Training 2022 - Virtual Workshop * CANCELLED

March 29, 2022
1 pm - 4 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

CANCELLED * Pesticide Applicator Training 2022 - Virtual Workshop * CANCELLED

Pesticide Applicator Training Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, March 29, 2022
Meeting via Zoom 1:00 —4:00 pm

Who Should Attend:
* Individuals seeking a license for use of pesticides on their own properties (Private License).

* Individuals seeking a Commercial License.

This course will provide a basic introduction to safe pesticide handling and use but additional coursework and experience may be necessary for eligibility.

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 3 of 3

March 31, 2022 : Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Virtual Meeting Via Zoom

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 3 of 3

Mar 31 - LEAN & its Application to Dairy, with Mary Kate MacKenzie, SCNY Dairy Team & Rich Stup, Cornell University Ag Workforce Development

How to work smarter and more productively while engaging your team… Lean Systems offers a new way to make the best use of the resources you already have, including your people. Mary Kate will go over the basics of LEAN principles and Rich will help participants work through how to apply them to your dairy farm.


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Upcoming Events

Whole-Farm Webinar Series

January 9, 2024
January 16, 2024
January 23, 2024
January 30, 2024
February 6, 2024
February 13, 2024
February 20, 2024
February 27, 2024
March 5, 2024
March 12, 2024

Join us for this series on enhancing farm efficiency. Explore innovative practices and cutting-edge technologies to optimize feeding and management.

To register: https://cals.cornell.edu/whole...

Northeast Dairy Management Conference

March 6 - March 7, 2024
East Syracuse, NY

The upcoming conference will center around the theme of Embracing Opportunities for a Viable Future. The sessions will be focused on strategies that can be utilized to initiate progress, invoke enthusiasm, and develop new leadership strategies to tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experts in their respective fields, network with peers, and gain valuable insights into the latest topics and developments in the dairy industry. The conference will provide a platform for attendees to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate on innovative solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.

2024 Spring Safety Meeting with Dairy Support Services

March 8, 2024
Cortland, NY

This meeting is targeted at both experienced and new farm workers who are operating trucks and ag equipment while applying manure and harvesting crops. 

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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