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March 2021

Practical Soil Health - A 4-week Meeting Series - Session 4

March 2, 2021
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Practical Soil Health - A 4-week Meeting Series - Session 4

Practical Soil Health 2021              A Weekly Meeting Series

Weekly Series:  Tuesdays, February 9 - March 2            
 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

March 2nd 

Topic:  Soil Health Practices in Dairy Systems - A Farmer Panel

Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program

March 2, 2021
March 9, 2021
March 16, 2021
March 23, 2021
March 30, 2021
April 6, 2021
: Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program
Tuesdays, March 2nd - 30th at 12pm, April 6th at 7:00 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program

CCE SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops and SCNY Dairy and Field Crops teams are excited to offer a grazing series with an emphasis on dairy herds, but all grazers are welcome! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 6 week series on unique topics around grazing.

New England Dairy Nutrition Conference (Virtual)

March 11, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

NEAFA is partnering with UConn, U of Maine, URI, UMASS, UNH, UVM, and Cornell for a Virtual Dairy Seminar on Thursday, March 11. This event will provide top-notch speakers on timely topics impacting dairy herd management.

Register for your free zoom link by emailing this address: sue@nysta.mobi

Crop Protection Workshop

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 11, 2021
1 pm - 3 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Crop Protection Workshop

Crop Protection Workshop
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Meeting via Zoom 1:00 —3:00 pm
**CCA & 1.75 DEC Credits Offered**

Pesticide Applicator Training - Virtual Workshop

March 17, 2021
1 pm - 4:15 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Pesticide Applicator Training - Virtual Workshop

Pesticide Applicator Training Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Meeting via Zoom 1:00 —4:15 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.

Bottle Lambs & Kids

March 21, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Bottle Lambs & Kids

Fostering or raising lambs and kids requires critical skills, care and attention. This introductory online class, through Zoom, will go over the basics in fostering and raising lambs and kids from birth to weaning, best management practices and nutrition.

Calves 101: Starting them Right

March 24, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Calves 101: Starting them Right

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County will be hosting a free webinar, Calves 101: Starting Them Right, on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Veterans and Military families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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March 25, 2021
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Renewable Energy Leasing on Agricultural Lands

March 29, 2021
6:30 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Renewable Energy Leasing on Agricultural Lands

Join CCE Broome for a municipal training where they will discuss the impacts of solar and wind leasing on agricultural land, as well as planning and zoning considerations to make a community more ag-friendly. This event is open to legislative boards, planning boards, zoning board of appeals, planning & zoning staff, municipal engineers, code enforcements officers, municipal attorneys, and others who are interested in learning more on this topic. Speakers include Nicholas Cortese of Coughlin and Gerhart, Jeffery Kehoe of NYS Department of Ag and Markets, and Elizabeth Wolters of the NYS Farm Bureau.

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty

March 31, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty

CCE St. Lawrence County, along with the North Country Sustainability Day & Green Living Fair are hosting a presentation and Q&A with farmer, soil steward, and food sovereignty activist, Leah Penniman. The webinar is "Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty".

April 2021

Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program

March 2, 2021
March 9, 2021
March 16, 2021
March 23, 2021
March 30, 2021
April 6, 2021
: Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program
Tuesdays, March 2nd - 30th at 12pm, April 6th at 7:00 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program

CCE SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops and SCNY Dairy and Field Crops teams are excited to offer a grazing series with an emphasis on dairy herds, but all grazers are welcome! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 6 week series on unique topics around grazing.

Marketing Your Meat Products Webinar

April 7, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Marketing Your Meat Products Webinar

Many farmers find raising livestock the easy part and marketing more challenging. Nancy Glazier will provide a few tips to help you begin to grow your skills. This session is geared towards beginning the marketing process. 

Farm Business Education in April 2021; Online Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

April 13, 2021
April 20, 2021
April 27, 2021

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Farm Business Education in April 2021; Online Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

Short, farm financial education programs online this spring!

Join us online on April 13, 20 & 27, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.

Topics include: Assessing Farm Capital Investment Decisions, Farm Business Transfer Planning, Insurance and Liability Protection

Beef Quality Assurance Virtual Classroom Training

April 14, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Beef Quality Assurance Virtual Classroom Training

Join us online for a free BQA virtual training. Upon completion of the class with a signed contract, you will become Level 1 certified. 

Raising Pigs: From Piglet to Pork Chop

April 21, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Video Conference via Zoom

Raising Pigs: From Piglet to Pork Chop

Springtime is a common time of year when North Country farmers begin raising piglets. This introductory online class, through Zoom, will go over the basics in raising pigs from start to finish, including best management practices, hog care and marketing of pigs.

May 2021

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From Our Team to Yours: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers

The South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team has compiled a list of articles that we think may be useful to dairy producers and their service providers as we all navigate the COVID-19 situation. Please stay safe and reach out to our team if you have questions or need help finding information. We are here to help with tools and resources to support all of the normal day-to-day dairy and field crop management considerations, in addition to emerging topics related to COVID-19.

For the full list, click here: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers


Regional Team Operations During COVID-19

Click here for an operations update.


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/

HEMP GROWER'S EXCHANGE BOARD

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


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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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. 

http://www.americanagriculturist.com/dairy/guiding-next-gen-dairy-graziers-win-win

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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