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January 2020

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

January 15 - February 5, 2020
10am-12pm on January 15, 22, 29 & February 5
Cortland, NY

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

This is a beginner level class is for farm bookkeepers who want to improve financial record keeping, figure out whether QuickBooks software is a good fit for their business, or enhance their QuickBooks skills. In this 4-part series, you will learn how to set up and use QuickBooks from the ground up.

Dairy Managers Discussion Group - Session I

January 16, 2020
Noon lunch, meeting 1 - 3pm
Homer, NY


The Cortland Area Dairy Managers Discussion Group will host
Dr Julio Giordano from Cornell University, who will discuss Reproductive Strategies and associated program costs


Modern On Farm Preparedness - Urgent Situations - CANCELLED

January 23, 2020
1-4 pm
Truxton, NY


CANCELLED - Preparedness for Urgent Situations.  Be Prepared for a fire, weather emergency or barn damage.
1-4 pm, Cuyler Fire Department

Modern On-Farm Preparedness (All Sessions)

January 23 - February 27, 2020
1-2 pm Webinars, 1-4 pm On farm


Six sessions created to help farms prepare for modern situations
- Jan 23:  Urgent Situations (Cuyler Fire Department) *this session cancelled*
- Jan 30:  F.A.R.M 4.0 Update (live webinar, 2 locations Homer and Owego)
- Feb 6:  Activists (live webinar 2 locations Homer and Owego)
- Feb 13:  Social Media (Homer)
- Feb 20:  Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity (live webinar, 2 locations Homer and Owego)
- Feb 27:  On Farm Safety - Prevention, Prevention, Prevention (on-farm, E-Z Acres, Homer) *this session cancelled*

Winter Crop Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 24, 2020
Registration & Tradeshow: 9am Presentations: 10 am - 3:15 pm
Ithaca, NY


The Winter Crop Meeting features Current and Emerging  Crop Production Topics 

Modern On Farm Preparedness - F.A.R.M. Update, Homer, NY

January 30, 2020
1-2 pm
Homer, NY


The F.A.R.M. Program is evolving as farmers implement the program.  Learn about how farmers have used and gained benefits and how you can use the F.A.R.M. program.
Live Webinar, 1-2pm, Farm Credit East, Homer

Modern On Farm Preparedness - F.A.R.M. Update, Owego, NY

January 30, 2020
1-2 pm
Owego, NY


The F.A.R.M. Program is evolving as farmers implement the program.  Learn about how farmers have used and gained benefits and how you can use the F.A.R.M. program.
Live Webinar, 1-2pm, CCE Tioga, Owego

Spring Manure Handling and Safety Meeting

January 31, 2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cortland, NY


This meeting is to help train farm and Ag service business employees to do their jobs safely and to help them meet the standards that concern them. Safe equipment and truck operation, responsible manure handling and application, and personal safety practices will be covered.

Fee will be $10/person at the door and covers lunch. Online registration is available or contact Donette Griffith to register; dg576@cornell.edu or call 607-391-2662.



February 2020

2020 Hemp Producer's Conference

February 6, 2020
9 am - 3 pm
Binghamton, NY


Cost of Conference is $30 per person and includes lunch. A scholarship for veterans is available. To register click here

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Activist Preparedness, Homer, NY

February 6, 2020
1-2 pm
Homer, NY


This session will address several aspects of dealing with activists, including good hiring practices, available resources for support, and a plan of who to contact if something happens on your farm. Learn how to talk about videos taken on other farms and how to prepare your employees for these events
1-2 pm Farm Credit East, Homer

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Activist Preparedness, Owego, NY

February 6, 2020
1-2 pm
Owego, NY


This session will address several aspects of dealing with activists, including good hiring practices, available resources for support, and a plan of who to contact if something happens on your farm. Learn how to talk about videos taken on other farms and how to prepare your employees for these events
1-2 pm CCE Tioga, Owego

Dairy Managers Discussion Group - Session II **CANCELLED**

February 12, 2020
Noon lunch, meeting 1 - 3pm
Homer, NY


The Cortland Area Dairy Managers Discussion Group will host:
Dr Richard Stup from Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development.  
Discussion around Farms' Responses to Ag Labor Laws


Modern On Farm Preparedness - Social Media

February 13, 2020
1-4 pm
Homer, NY


How to respond to negative comments on farm pages. Resources to tap into and people you can call for effective responses.
1-4pm
Farm Credit East, Homer

Automated Milking System (AMS) Management Discussion Group - Homer, NY

February 19, 2020
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Homer, NY

Automated Milking System (AMS) Management Discussion Group - Homer, NY

AMS daily task efficiency is the topic for this discussion group meeting, with future discussion group topics to include: lameness and cow comfort, milk production, and AMS maintenance.

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity, Homer, NY

February 20, 2020
1-2 pm
Homer, NY


 Do you have a plan in place if there is a disease outbreak on the farm? Dr Melanie Hemenway, State Veterinarian, will provide concrete steps to deal with disease outbreaks and make biosecurity recommendations for prevention.
1-2 pm 
Farm Credit East, Homer

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity, Owego, NY

February 20, 2020
1-2 pm
Owego, NY


 Do you have a plan in place if there is a disease outbreak on the farm? Dr Melanie Hemenway, State Veterinarian, will provide concrete steps to deal with disease outbreaks and make biosecurity recommendations for prevention.
1-2 pm 
CCE Tioga, Owego

Connecting The Dots: Linking Dollars to Dairy Grazing Decisions

February 25, 2020
11am-3pm
Tully, NY

Connecting The Dots: Linking Dollars to Dairy Grazing Decisions

Join us for a conversation about how to plan and manage your grazing system to achieve the results that you want! Madison County Grazing Specialist and veteran grazier Troy Bishop, aka The Grass Whisperer, will be on hand to facilitate a discussion around grazing approaches and planning tools.

On-Farm Transition Cow Support w/ Alltech (Spanish & English)

February 26, 2020
11-3pm
Homer, NY

On-Farm Transition Cow Support w/ Alltech (Spanish & English)

Alltech's On-Farm Support Specialist, Jorge Delgado will be leading discussion around Transition Cow Care and the Maternity Pen.  Both Spanish and English speaking employees and owners are invited to attend!
This is great opportunity to come together over a meal to troubleshoot problems on-farm, and bridge gaps between owners and employees, including language barriers!

Modern On Farm Preparedness - On-Farm Safety - CANCELLED

February 27, 2020
1-4 pm
Homer, NY


 Accidents happen, but this session will focus on prevention and also address accident response.
1-4 pm 
E-Z Acres, Homer, NY



March 2020

Spring Manure Handling and Safety Meeting

March 6, 2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cortland, NY

Spring Manure Handling and Safety Meeting

This meeting is to help train farm and Ag service business employees to do their jobs safely and to help them meet the standards that concern them. Safe equipment and truck operation, responsible manure handling and application, and personal safety practices will be covered.



New York Certified Organic March Meeting

March 10, 2020
10 am
Waterloo, NY

New York Certified Organic March Meeting

Dewey, a reporter with the USDA Market News Service, Greeley, CO, will talk about the domestic organic grain market. Kilpatrick will share from his 20-plus years of experience in the quality organic grains, feed ingredients, and custom fertilizer industry. 

Winchell, who has practiced dairy nutrition for more than 20 years and specializes in forage quality and mycotoxin control, will talk about managing mycotoxins in forages. Hanchar, with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest NY Ag Team, will review a four-year economic study on transitioning to organic crop production at the Aurora Research Farm.

***CANCELLED**** 2020 Chemung County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 17, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Big Flats, NY

***CANCELLED**** 2020 Chemung County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Training

Presented by: NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation and Cortland CCE
Topics include: Hemp as an Agricultural Crop, Herbicide Resistant Weeds at our Doorstep and their Management, Pesticide Record Keeping, Succession Planning and Farmland Protection Updates and Grants

COVID-19 and Your Dairy

March 20, 2020
10 am


Richard Stup, PhD, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

Topics include: why prevention of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is important, steps that employers should take to protect employees, animal health considerations, what to do if service providers are not available, disaster contingency plans, cross-training of employees who can fill other roles, business resources for employers, and pending federal and state legislation related to coronavirus and employees.

***CANCELLED*** Field Crop and Forage Topics with Pioneer Seed

March 24, 2020
Registration: 10:30 am Program 11 am- 2 pm
Dryden, NY


With deepest regrets, we must cancel this educational event due to COVID-19 regulations. 

**CCA & DEC Categories 1A and 21 receive 1.25 credits **

Co-sponsored with VanPelt Farms & Pioneer Seed

**CANCELLED** Cortland County Agriculture Celebration Banquet

March 24, 2020
6:30 pm
Solon, NY

**CANCELLED** Cortland County Agriculture Celebration Banquet

8th Annual Cortland County Agriculture Celebration Banquet
**CANCELLED**
Bringing together agriculture, community and business to celebrate our
agricultural heritage and accomplishments.


***POSTPONED*** Calf Care Meeting w/ Purina (Spanish & English)

March 25, 2020
11:30 lunch, Meeting Noon - 1:30pm
Tully, NY

***POSTPONED*** Calf Care Meeting w/ Purina (Spanish & English)

This meeting is being postponed to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines at this time. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Tentative planning for this meeting is the last week in April - stay tuned for more information or contact Betsy Hicks at bjh246@cornell.edu.

Purina's On-Farm Support Specialists, Ranatta Young, DVM and Felix Soriano will be leading discussion around Calf Care.  Both Spanish and English speaking employees are invited to attend!



***POSTPONED- TBD*** Pesticide Applicator Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 25, 2020
Dryden, NY

***POSTPONED- TBD*** Pesticide Applicator Training

**WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING A NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT.**
Who Should Attend:
Individuals seeking a license for the use of pesticides on their own properties (Private License).
Individuals seeking a Commercial License (Please note: This course will provide a basic introduction to safe pesticide handling and use but additional coursework and experience may be necessary for eligibility).
Current applicators seeking Re-Certification Credits.



April 2020

WEBINAR: Growing Great People - Training Skills for Dairy Farmers (English)

April 14, 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm

WEBINAR: Growing Great People - Training Skills for Dairy Farmers (English)

We are offering this free webinar in English and Spanish to help dairy farm operators and middle managers improve their ability to train and supervise employees.

WEBINAR: Growing Great People - Training Skills for Dairy Farmers (Spanish)

April 16, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

WEBINAR: Growing Great People - Training Skills for Dairy Farmers (Spanish)

We are offering this free webinar in English and Spanish to help dairy farm operators and middle managers improve their ability to train and supervise employees.

Dairy Women's Virtual Social

April 24, 2020
12:30 pm - 2 pm


Women from all walks of Dairy are invited to attend!

Guest presenter Kate Downes of NYFarmNet will give a brief presentation geared towards coping with stress in the current times, but the main focus of the meeting will be for dairy women to have a place to socialize and catch up virtually!




May 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time



June 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time



July 2020

Empire Farm Days' Virtual Soil Health Center Program

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 29 - July 31, 2020
10:00 am


We are pleased to announce the schedule for Empire Farm Days' Virtual Soil Health Center Program. Although Empire Farm Days was unfortunately canceled, the Virtual Soil Health Center Program is still on. Please register for one or all sessions at http://newyorksoilhealth.org/virtual/agenda

https://blogs.cornell.edu/soilhealthinitiative/virtual/agenda/#.Xx89CZ5KiUk




August 2020

2020 Cornell Aurora Virtual Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 6, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


2020 Cornell Aurora Farm Field Day will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

We invite you to participate in our first virtual AFFD via Zoom on August 6th from 1 - 3:30 pm EDT. The event will include pre-recorded in-field demonstrations as well as live presentations and discussions.


September 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time



October 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time



November 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time



December 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time




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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


South Central Dairy & Field Crop Team Welcomes Summer Intern, Carolyn Wright

The South Central Dairy and Field Crops team is pleased to welcome summer intern, Carolyn Wright, a Cornell student studying Agricultural Sciences with a focus on education.

Carolyn is working closely with the team's Farm Business Management Specialist, Mary Kate Wheeler, on a project examining the needs around managing the financial, legal, and human risks associated with the succession planning process specifically related to dairy farms. Her main focus is on conducting a needs assessment that encompasses the South Central team's six-county region. The needs assessment involves compiling data from existing sources, interviews with experts and past program participants, focus groups, and surveys that can be examined to provide an accurate picture of producers' needs surrounding specific components of succession planning, barriers they face along the way, and ways extension can more effectively meet those needs. The results of the needs assessment will be used to inform future grant application and program development decisions.

Carolyn is from a small farm in Franklinville, NY where her family milks 50 cows and operates an 8,000-tap maple operation. Wright's farm has been in the family for several generations and has seen many changes. Carolyn has enjoyed growing up and working with her family on the farm. She values how the experiences she has had developed her work ethic, taught her responsibility, but most of all, fueled her passion for agriculture and sharing it with others. 

Prior to attending Cornell, Carolyn earned an Associates Degree in Agricultural Business from Alfred State College. She plans on pursuing a Masters degree in teaching after graduating from Cornell in the spring of 2021, with future career goals of being part of the family farm and pursuing a job in agricultural education whether that be high school, extension, or something similar.


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/

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

www.epa.gov



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!

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


Follow us on Facebook

The team updates our facebook page frequently - follow us to be updated on our events, see some fun videos and get local area updates!

facebook.com/SCNYDairyandFieldCropsTeam


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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