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February 2015

Hands-On Cheese Class with Thomas Pinello

February 3, 2015
6-8pm
Cortland, NY

Due to popular demand, we will be having another cheese-making class! Have you ever thought about making cheese at home? Here is your chance to learn basic cheese making techniques from an experienced, local cheese maker.  

Regional Milk Quality Meetings

February 5, 2015
10 am Registration, Program 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cortland, NY

Cooperative Extension is offering three separate Milk Quality Meetings this winter:  Jan 8, Feb 5 & Mar 5 from 10:30am-3:30pm.  The January 8 meeting will focus on Mammary physiology & the basics of mastitis culturing.  The February 5 meeting will focus on Importance of Cow Comfort, Environment & Equipment Maintenance & impacts on milk quality.  The March 5 meeting will focus on the Importance of Record keeping for mastitis control.  Cost for all 3 meetings is $100, including bulk tank sample.  

NYCO Meeting: Quality Forage Comes From Planning, Not By Luck

February 10, 2015
10am-2pm
Geneva, NY

Presentations from
  • Tom Kilcer from Advanced Ag Systems on the forage management required for All Forage or High Forage Diets
  • Aaron Gabriel from Cornell Extension Washington County on information for making dry hay including certified hay preservatives
  • A panel of organic dairy farmers on their planning and management strategies for making high-quality forage 
The event is free but please bring a dish to pass for the lunch and any questions you might have for a group discussion after lunch.

Annie's Meeting: Saving for Retirement

February 17, 2015
10:30am - 3pm
Ithaca, NY

Do you have a strategy in place for financing your retirement? The workshop, Planning and Saving for Retirement, will provide a foundation to get your plan off the ground. While relevant to all future retirees, this workshop has been developed for farm women. Cornell Cooperative Extension will host Andrew Polley, Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors on February 17th from 10:30 am to 3 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Tompkins County located at 615 Willow Ave. Arrive at 10:30 to enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. The cost is $10 per person. Please call Amanda Montgomery @ 753-5078 to pre-register.

Manure Handling Workshop

February 26, 2015
9:30am - 12pm
Auburn, NY

 Tips for evaluation of your manure handling and transfer systems to reduce risk of spills
 Some regulatory requirements
 Spreading issues
 Preparing for and handling spills
 DEC perspective on handling spills
 Meets the training requirements for manure handling for ECL &CAFO Farms.

Free and open to all.
 Valuable information for farms of all sizes.
 Participant discussion after the presentation.

Contact the Cayuga SWCD for more information or to register for the event @ 315-252-4171 x3,
or e-mail us? Valerie? vhorning@cayugaswcd.org or Jason - jcuddeback@cayugaswcd.org

March 2015

Regional Milk Quality Meetings

March 5, 2015
10 am Registration, Program 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cortland, NY

Cooperative Extension is offering three separate Milk Quality Meetings this winter:  Jan 8, Feb 5 & Mar 5 from 10:30am-3:30pm.  The January 8 meeting will focus on Mammary physiology & the basics of mastitis culturing.  The February 5 meeting will focus on Importance of Cow Comfort, Environment & Equipment Maintenance & impacts on milk quality.  The March 5 meeting will focus on the Importance of Record keeping for mastitis control.  Cost for all 3 meetings is $100, including bulk tank sample.  

2015 Central New York Dairy Day

March 10, 2015
10-3 pm
Sherburne, NY

Breeding, Raising and Managing Your Future Herd of Super Cows

NYCO Meeting: Producing, Protecting, and Marketing of Organic Grain

March 10, 2015
10am-2pm
Geneva, NY

Presentations from
  • Wegman's Bakery Team on their goal to use locally-produced organic grains in a new line of breads
  • Sam Sherman from Champlain Valley Mills on marketing opportunities for organic grain
  • Dr. Heather Darby on the results from her grain trials in Vermont
  • Elizabeth Dyke, the overseer of the OGRN project, on the approaches to transitioning land into organic production
  • Fay Benson on the new organic crop insurance program for organic grain production
Please bring a dish to pass for the lunch and any questions you might have for a group discussion after lunch. We do request a $1-2 donation to support the costs of coffee and paper products.

Winter Dairy Management

March 12, 2015
9:30 am Registration, Program 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cortland, NY

This year's Winter Dairy Management program will be focusing on impacting profitability via milk components.

Cover Crops & Soil Health

March 16, 2015
11:45am-1:00pm Registration & Lunch, 1:00-3:00pm Topics
Dryden, NY

"Lunch With Jerry" Organic Dairy Discussion Groups - Alfred State College Farm

March 19, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
Alfred, NY

Organic Dairy Discussion Groups to meet at regional locations. Farmers that are currently certified as

well as those that are thinking of transitioning to organic production are welcome.

Crop Protection Meeting 2015

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 19, 2015
Registration 9:30 am Program:10am-2pm
Horseheads, NY

Crop Protection Seminar addressing nutritional needs, plant diseases, weed control and benefits of cover crops.

2 DEC credits in categories 1A, 21-25. 


Annie's Project Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women

March 20, 2015
10:30 coffee. Discussion 11 am - 3 pm
Ithaca, NY

Women in Agriculture: A group to make friendships, share common interests and grow as partners in their farm business.

"Lunch With Jerry" Organic Dairy Discussion Groups - Mohawk, NY

March 20, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
Mohawk, NY

Organic Dairy Discussion Groups to meet at regional locations. Farmers who are currently certified as well as those who are thinking of transitioning to organic production are welcome.

Organic Dairy & Crop Discussion Group Meeting

March 24, 2015
12:00pm-3:00pm
Cortland, NY

Pesticide Applicator Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 25, 2015
12:00pm Registration, 12:30-3:30pm Instruction
Dryden, NY

"Lunch With Jerry" Organic Dairy Discussion Groups - Memphis, NY

March 26, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
Memphis, NY

Organic Dairy Discussion Groups to meet at regional locations. Farmers who are currently certified as well as those who are thinking of transitioning to organic production are welcome.

"Lunch With Jerry" Organic Dairy Discussion Groups - Village Hall, St. Hammond, NY

March 31, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
St. Hammond, NY

Organic Dairy Discussion Groups to meet at regional locations. Farmers who are currently certified as well as those who are thinking of transitioning to organic production are welcome.

April 2015

"Lunch With Jerry" Organic Dairy Discussion Groups - Malone, NY

April 1, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm
Malone, NY

Broome-Tioga-Chemung Farmers Discussion Group Meeting

April 16, 2015
1-3 pm
Owego, NY

This discussion group meeting will focus on farming and working with family dynamics as well as conflict resolution. Our invited speakers are Judy Flint and Erica Leubner from NY FarmNet.  

Cortland County Agri-Economic Development Mini Conference-For All Farm Sizes

April 17, 2015
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cortland, NY

Your Farm Business: The Least Thought of Side Should be the Most Thought of Side!  This free workshop is being provided to help you develop and promote your agricultural enterprise!  Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator Steve Hadcock will share ideas on various business management practices, risk management, business structures, taxes and regulations for any size farm or business that will assist you as your farm or business grows and changes.  Participants are welcome to bring farm or business displays, literature, brochures, business cards etc. for networking while enjoying local foods provided by Dasher's Pub.  Pre-Register online or by calling 607-753-5078.

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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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