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March 2022

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.

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.

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
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.

April 2022

NYCO Meeting - Spring 2022

April 12, 2022
10 am - 2 pm
Pedersen Farm
Seneca Castle, NY

NYCO Meeting - Spring 2022

The NY Certified Organic (NYCO) Discussion Spring Meeting will be an on-farm meeting.  Rick and Laura Pedersen of Pedersen Farms will host.

Dairy Women's Group Community Outreach

April 14, 2022
12 pm - 2 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Dairy Women's Group Community Outreach

Are you a woman in dairy? Do you want to brainstorm with other dairy farm/industry women on how to do farm outreach in your community? This meeting is for you! This meeting will help you:

  • learn how to become more involved in your community
  • give you examples of how your dairy is already a good community member
  • develop talking outreach points for your farm
  • help you develop your goals for future community outreach

May 2022

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Upcoming Events

Winter Crop Meeting 2024 - Dryden Event

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 19, 2024 : Winter Crop Meeting 2023 - Dryden Event
Dryden, NY

Attend this year's Winter Crop Meeting 2024 at the Dryden VFW
Speakers will be covering the following topics:

  • Agriculture and Weather Extremes: How Can We Adapt? How do we work with Public Policy?
  • TBD
  • Weed Management Updates: Herbicide Resistant Weeds and Programs to Control Them.
  • Dairy Sustainability Updates: How & Why Should We Assess a Dairy Carbon Footprint? On Farm Research to Support Sustainability. 
  • Announcements

    NYS Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan

    The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) was signed into law in 2019 as one of the most ambitious climate laws in the world. The law created the Climate Action Council (the Council), which is tasked with developing a draft scoping plan that serves as an initial framework for how the State will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions, increase renewable energy usage, and ensure climate justice. On December 20, the Council voted to release the draft scoping plan for public comment. January 1, 2022 marks the beginning of a 120-day public comment period to receive feedback from the public as the Council works to develop and release a final scoping plan by the end of 2022. Read the Draft Scoping Plan [PDF] including the  entire document with appendices.

    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


    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

     *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.

    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.

    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