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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

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

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

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





April 2019

No Events Scheduled at this Time



May 2019

Youth Tractor Safety Certification Course

May 9 - May 30, 2019
Thursdays 5-9 May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30 and Saturdays 8:30-12:30 May 11 & May 18
Tully, NY


Youth Tractor Safety Certification Course

Class fee is $30, which includes the training manual.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Monday May 6

Thursday evenings 5 - 9 pm on May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30 and Saturday mornings 8:30 am - 12:30 pm on May 11 and May 18. The certification exams will be given at class on Thursday May 30th. 

Venture Farms LLC in Tully, NY and Cazenovia Equipment Company in Cazenovia, NY.

Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

May 13, 2019
3pm - 7pm
Freeville, NY


NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Vegetable tastings and reception to follow)
Location: Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY 13068



June 2019

Small Grains Management Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 6, 2019
9:30am - 12:00 pm
Seneca Falls, NY


Small Grains Management Field Day: Thursday, June 6, 9:30am-Noon

Free and Open to the Public


You will have the opportunity to view the Cornell Small Grain Breeding Program's regional variety trials of winter wheat and winter malting barley at this location.

Putting Carbon in its Place with Regenerative Farming and Biochar

June 17, 2019
4pm - 7:30pm
Ithaca,, NY


Putting Carbon in Its Place with Regenerative Farming and Biochar
Leland Laboratory, Cornell University
42 Caldwell Drive and Medicago Drive, Ithaca NY
Monday June 17, 4:00 PM to 7:30PM

Free and Open to the Public
Please RSVP to ajt248@cornell.edu
For more information, contact Fay Benson, afb3@cornell.edu, 607-745-3807

Webinar: Dairy Margin Coverage Program & Risk Management Options

June 18, 2019
12 pm


Webinar: New Dairy Margin Coverage Program and Risk Management Options Available from the Federal Crop Insurance Program

June 18, 12:00 pm




July 2019

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers

July 9, 2019
11:30am - 2pm
Fabius, NY

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers

Join owner/operator Tim Virgil and Cornell Cooperative Extension grazing educator Fay Benson for a pasture walk at a 40-heifer custom grazing operation. The program will cover all aspects of custom grazing dairy heifers.

This program is designed for dairy producers who want to learn more about management intensive grazing. It is also intended for custom grazers and other landowners interested in setting up a heifer grazing enterprise.

This is a free event. Please register in advance so we know how many people to expect.


From No-Till to New Cultivars: Improving Organic Corn and Soybean Production

July 16, 2019
10am - 2pm
Aurora, NY


NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series

From No-till to New Cultivars: Improving Organic Corn and Soybean Production

Cost: Free
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 2:00 (Lunch included)
Location: Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY 13026


Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

July 17, 2019
7-9pm
Ithaca, NY


Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update
July 17, 2019 7-9 pm
Vet Teaching Dairy, Tulip Tree Drive, Ithaca, NY

No cost to attend, but registration is required!

To register:  Contact Shannon Myers at srm242@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2662
Questions: Contact Betsy Hicks at bjh246@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2376

Tie Stall Cow Comfort Meeting and Tour

July 18, 2019
1pm-3pm
Newark Valley, NY


Tie Stall Cow Comfort Meeting & Tour
Thursday, July 18, 1-3 pm
Lawton's Jersey Farm
581 Bridge St., Newark Valley, NY 13811

No cost for attendance, but RSVP requested for refreshments.

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

Sundaes on the Farm

July 21, 2019
12pm - 3pm
Barton, NY


Sundaes on the Farm
12pm - 3pm, Sunday July 21
Stronghaven Farm
2601 State Route 17C, Barton, New York 13734

Cost = Free

Organic Dairy Profit Discussion Group

July 24, 2019
10am - 3pm
Dryden, NY


Organic Dairy Profit Discussion Group
10am - 3pm, Wednesday July 24
Dryden Fire Hall
26 North St, Dryden NY

For more information, contact Mary Kate Wheeler at mkw87@cornell.edu or 509-294-6073.

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers

July 29, 2019
10:00am - 1:00pm
Homer, NY

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers

This workshop will bring together agriculture labor experts and farm management specialists from around the state to discuss New York's new sexual harassment prevention laws. The training will help you understand what the new requirements are and how your business can meet them.

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers

July 30, 2019
10:00am - 1:00pm
Dryden, NY

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers

This workshop will bring together agriculture labor experts and farm management specialists from around the state to discuss New York's new sexual harassment prevention laws. The training will help you understand what the new requirements are and how your farm business can meet them.

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED Twilight Meeting - Johne's Disease

July 30, 2019

Twilight Meeting - Johne's Disease: What to Look for, Management Points for Control, Info on Testing

July 30, 2019
6pm-8pm
Preble, NY


Twilight Meeting
Johne's Disease: What to Look for, Management Points for Control, and Info on Testing

July 30, 2019 6pm-8pm
Preble Hill Dairy
6993 West Bennett Hollow Road, Preble, NY 13141

No cost to attend, but RSVPs are required. Light refreshments will be offered.
RSVP: Shannon Myers, srm242@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2662
Questions? Betsy Hicks, bjh246@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2673

Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

July 31, 2019
3pm - 7pm
Freeville, NY


NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Vegetable tastings and reception to follow)
Location: Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY 13068


August 2019

Agvocating for Dairy Farmers: "How To", Neighbor Relations, and Resources

August 1, 2019
10am - 3pm
Whitney Point, NY

Agvocating for Dairy Farmers:

Agvocating for Dairy Farmers:  "How To", Neighbor Relations, and Resources
August 1, 2019  10am-3pm

Whittaker Dairy Farm
4585 NY-26
Whitney Point, NY 13862

Come for the entire day or AM/PM Sessions and Lunch!
No cost, but RSVP required by July 25th

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

Management Options and rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

August 1, 2019
3pm - 7pm
Ithaca, NY


NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Management Options and Rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Dinner included) 
Location: Cornell Orchards, 709 Dryden Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Building Resilience into Organic Forage Production

August 14, 2019
10am - 2pm
Truxton, NY


NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Building Resilience into Organic Forage Production

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Lunch included)
Location: Twin Oaks Dairy, 3185 NY-13, Truxton, NY 13158


September 2019

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October 2019

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November 2019

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December 2019

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2019 Hemp Events

Upcoming Hemp Events:

  • Eastern NY Hemp Growers Conference - Albany - June 3-4
  • Aurora Farm Field Day - Mid-July
  • Open House - Millsboro Research Farm - Mid-July
  • Hemp Workshop - Empire Farm Days - Aug 6-8
  • Cornell Hemp Field Day - Geneva - Aug 13
  • Long Island HREC Plant Science Day - Early Sept
  • Cornell CBD Hemp Field Day - Ithaca - Early Sept

For more information, visit:

https://hemp.cals.cornell.edu/


HEMP GROWER'S EXCHANGE BOARD

To: Interested Parties From: Maire R. Ullrich Subject: CCE Hemp Exchange Board Information Dear Hemp Growers & Processors, Our exchange board has its first postings; plenty of interest in selling and purchasing. You can check it out at https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/35708/2.1.19.pdf?1549045091 

If you are interested in posting an ad, please fill out the survey at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e35Eb3pNfpWkqhv 

Complete the survey and submit. We will then download all of the entries weekly and post online. *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


WEBINAR: CROP INSURANCE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS

Focus on Risk for Dairy Farmers:

Now available to watch online replay:

Webinar Presentation from Cornell University Crop Insurance and Risk Management and Education Program and Pro Dairy

https://youtu.be/oIfVcI5vDfw

New York's Dairy Farmers deal with risks all the time. Risks such as weather, labor, environmental, etc. Most farmers would agree that their largest risk is milk price. This has certainly been the case for the past four years. The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has developed tools to help dairy farmers deal with milk price risks with varying success such as the Milk Income Loss Contract program (MILC), Dairy Margin Protection Plan (DMPP), and the improved DMPP of this year. USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has also had tools to help dairy farmers not as popular since there needs to be communication between a crop insurance agent and the farm and there is usually a higher cost associated with these policies but the protection is also higher.

Originally recorded on Thursday January 24th, this webinar features dairy farmer Ron Robbins of North Harbor Dairy in Sackets Harbor NY. And Ed Gallagher, President of DFA Risk Management.
Ron has used many tools to manage milk price risks on his dairy over the years including those from FSA and RMA and also buying contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. During the webinar he will relay some of these experiences and which tools he uses now for his farm's milk protection.

Ed Gallagher will review RMA's new "Dairy Revenue Protection" policy. This is a new policy developed with the help of the American Farm Bureau. It is closer to the crop insurances offered for field crops and has helped that industry manage risks for a number of years.

Fay Benson, who works with Cornell University Crop Insurance and Risk Management and Education Program will host the webinar and indicate where more information can be found on the Dairy Revenue Protection Policy.





New Paraquat Certified Applicator Training Available

Paraquat Certified Applicator Training to Prevent Poisonings Now Available | US EPA

https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/paraquat-certified-applicator-training-prevent-poisonings-now-available

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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!

http://www.nationaldairyfarm.com/drug-residue-manual


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.



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

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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