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January 2022

Winter Crop Meeting 2022 - A Virtual Weekly Meeting Series

January 14, 2022
January 21, 2022
January 28, 2022
February 4, 2022
March 23, 2022
: 2022 Winter Crop Meeting - Virtual Weekly Series
1:00 - 2:00pm
Virtual / Zoom Video Conference

Winter Crop Meeting 2022 - A Virtual Weekly Meeting Series

Sessions are on Friday, except March 23 (Wednesday)

Week 1:  Methane's Role in Global Warming & Current and Future Opportunities to Decrease Enteric Methane
Week 2: Corn Silage Hybrid Trials 2021 Update & Management Tips
Week 3: The Value of Manure told with Five Stories
Week 4: Carbon Markets - A Realistic Outlook
Week 5: Net 0 and Sustainability - What it Means for the Dairy Industry


$15 for series PER PERSON (Full 5 sessions for $15 per individual); CCA credits available for all sessions

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022
7pm - 9pm
Online via Zoom

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business. Federal and state income taxes will be covered. Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well.

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

January 21, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18, 2022

11am - 12pm
Virtual meeting

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

The first days and weeks on the job set the course for a new farm employee. Given the tight labor market, a successful onboarding program can be an essential tool to help reduce employee turnover, increase employee safety and productivity, and contribute to a farm's success. The three-session Onboarding Zoom Series focuses on navigating employment requirements and improving human resource management practices, including enhancing training skills.

Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022
7pm - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom

Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about the tax advantages available for farms. This workshop will include information for the current tax season.

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 1 of 3

January 27, 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 1 of 3

Jan 27 - DMC & DRP: Navigating the options, with Chris Wolf, Cornell University & KC Slade, Crop Growers

Have you heard about the changes to DMC?  Are you interested in DRP but don't know where to start?  This meeting will go over the basics of both programs for dairy farms and presenters will be live to lead discussion and answer questions!



February 2022

Field Crop Weed Identification and Control Series 2022

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 2, 2022
February 16, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 16, 2022

12-1:00 pm
Virtual

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

January 21, 2022
February 4, 2022
February 18, 2022

11am - 12pm
Virtual meeting

Onboarding Webinar Series for Farm Employers

The first days and weeks on the job set the course for a new farm employee. Given the tight labor market, a successful onboarding program can be an essential tool to help reduce employee turnover, increase employee safety and productivity, and contribute to a farm's success. The three-session Onboarding Zoom Series focuses on navigating employment requirements and improving human resource management practices, including enhancing training skills.

NYCO Meeting - Winter 2022

February 8, 2022
10 am - 2 pm
Virtual or J Martin Auctions
Waterloo , NY

NYCO Meeting - Winter 2022

The NY Certified Organic (NYCO) Discussion Meetings are back for just one meeting this winter and another this spring. The planning committee felt that we could have a safe winter meeting at J Martin Auctions due to the size of the facility which allows for personal spacing, for those who feel comfortable and wish to attend in-person. We will also have a zoom link for those that would like to attend virtually.

Implementing Practical Genetics for the Commercial Dairy

February 16, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 16, 2022
March 30, 2022

(2/16) 12 pm - 1 pm, (2/23 - 3/16) 12 pm - 12:45 pm
Virtual Webinar with option for In-person Workshop

Implementing Practical Genetics for the Commercial Dairy

This webinar series will be presented by Dr. Heather Huson, Faculty, Dept. of Animal Science, Cornell University. 

Based on Dr. Huson's Applied Genetics course this program will give participants an understanding of how to use genetic information to reach their herd goals. An optional in-person session will provide an opportunity for hands on practice with genetic analysis tools.

Option for in-person workshop at the conclusion of webinar series; choice between one of two dates/locations. Must attend final webinar session (3/16) to attend in-person workshop

Winter 2022 - Dairy Manager Discussion Group Meetings -Part 2 of 3

February 24, 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 2 of 3

Feb 24 - The Costs of Dairy Labor, with Jason Karzses, Cornell PRO-DAIRY

Labor is on top of many NY dairy farmers minds right now.  Jason will go over the economics of labor in NY and lead discussion around what farmers have put in place in their own dairy businesses.



March 2022

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.

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.

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
10:00am-12:30pm
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

No Events Scheduled at this Time



June 2022

Pasture Walk: Rotational Grazing with Beef Cattle

June 11, 2022
10:00-11:30am
Maple Acres
McGraw, NY

Pasture Walk: Rotational Grazing with Beef Cattle

Tour a rotational grazing operation with beef producer Betsy Hicks and learn how you can implement rotational grazing practices to cut costs and build pasture productivity in your operation.

2022 Cornell Seed Growers Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 29, 2022
8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
NYSIP Foundation Seed Barn
Ithaca, NY

2022 Cornell Seed Growers Field Day

For seed growers, and other seed professionals

DEC and CCA continuing education credits are requested.    

The Small Grains Field Day starts with the small grains program from 9am to 10:15am and then forage program starting 10:15am to noon.   There are nine speakers, providing a good mix of traditional topics and several new topics with speakers.  



July 2022

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing and Healthy Soils Workshop

July 6, 2022
12:30-2:30pm
Maridale Farm
Cayuga, NY

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing and Healthy Soils Workshop

Learn about soil health, managing soil compaction, and custom grazing dairy heifers at Maridale Farm.

Pasture Walk: Beef Grazing and Healthy Soils Workshop

July 6, 2022
6:30-8:30pm
Will-Sho Farm
King Ferry, NY

Pasture Walk: Beef Grazing and Healthy Soils Workshop

Learn about soil health and managing soil compaction in grazing systems at Will-Sho Farm, home of Finger Lakes Natural Beef.



August 2022

Cornell Hemp Field Day

August 11, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cornell AgriTech
Geneva, NY

Cornell Hemp Field Day

The Cornell Hemp Field Day will incorporate multiple workshop-style talks on several topics including hemp genetics and breeding, pest management, and grain and fiber production. It will also involve demonstrations of combine harvesting and baling. This hands-on field day will have interactive workshops offering DEC credits on the use of pesticides and disease management. Digital ag applications and an introduction of the USDA hemp germplasm repository will also be included.

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

Pasture Walk: Multi-Species Grazing and Direct Marketing

August 13, 2022
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Red House Ranch
Van Etten, NY

Pasture Walk: Multi-Species Grazing and Direct Marketing

Join livestock farmers, Ike and Dave Mallula for a tour of their multi-species grazing operation. Learn how they manage beef, poultry, and hogs on pasture, and how they engage consumers to direct market pasture-raised meats

2022 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 18, 2022
9:45 am - 9:00 pm
Musgrave Research Farm
Aurora, NY

2 DEC Recertification Credits will be Available

for Commercial and Private Field Crop Licenses

Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers

August 23, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunnyside Farms
Scipio Center, NY

Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers

Become an Effective On-the-Job Trainer! This hands-on workshop is for all farm managers, supervisors, and employees who are involved in training other employees. Multiple participants per farm are encouraged to attend. Learn together in English and Spanish.

Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers

August 24, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 pm
New Hope View Farm
Homer, NY

Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers

Become an Effective On-the-Job Trainer!  This hands-on workshop is for all farm managers, supervisors, and employees who are involved in training other employees. Multiple participants per farm are encouraged to attend. Learn together in English and Spanish.



September 2022

No Events Scheduled at this Time



October 2022

No Events Scheduled at this Time



November 2022

No Events Scheduled at this Time



December 2022

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Upcoming Events

Cornell Hemp Field Day

August 11, 2022
Geneva, NY

The Cornell Hemp Field Day will incorporate multiple workshop-style talks on several topics including hemp genetics and breeding, pest management, and grain and fiber production. It will also involve demonstrations of combine harvesting and baling. This hands-on field day will have interactive workshops offering DEC credits on the use of pesticides and disease management. Digital ag applications and an introduction of the USDA hemp germplasm repository will also be included.

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

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Pasture Walk: Multi-Species Grazing and Direct Marketing

August 13, 2022
Van Etten, NY

Join livestock farmers, Ike and Dave Mallula for a tour of their multi-species grazing operation. Learn how they manage beef, poultry, and hogs on pasture, and how they engage consumers to direct market pasture-raised meats

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2022 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 18, 2022
Aurora, NY

2 DEC Recertification Credits will be Available

for Commercial and Private Field Crop Licenses

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Announcements

New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

From our friends at Cornell CALS

As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension's role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. The Farm Directory, which launches in mid-June, will connect consumers to producers of farm products and promote New York farms.

The Farm Directory will appear on the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' website at agriculture.ny.gov/farming/farm-directory. It will show information for each listed farm, which can include the farm name, farm type, point of contact, addresses, telephone number, email address, website, social media, and a listing of all available products produced by the farm. Other categories of interest to the public, like the farm's inclusion in the New York State Grown & Certified Program and designations of organic, halal or kosher certified may also be noted. Website visitors will be able to sort or search the directory by any field.

Since not every farm offers products to the public at the farm site, each farm can indicate whether it is open to the public, or if there is another means that their farm product can be accessed. This might include listing a distributor, a brand name that your product is eventually marketed under, or a specific consumer-facing website where the public can determine where to purchase your product in a retail location. The information available on the directory for each farm can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each business and farmers will be able to update their information as desired.

The creation of the Farm Directory derives from Section 16(52) of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, requiring the Department to create a directory of every farm in New York State. Farms will be receiving a package in the mail shortly outlining the Farm Directory purpose, a survey to collect information on the farm to be included in the Directory, and a return envelope.

If you choose not to have your farm participate in the Directory, you are required by law to notify the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets of this decision by opting out. Farms may opt out by returning the provided survey or indicating it through the online survey linked at the website above.

Farms that initially opt out can later contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets if they wish to be included at any point. Also, farms can also contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets if they wish to opt out after initially choosing to participate in the Directory.

For questions or additional information on the Farm Directory, please contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at (518) 485-1050 or FarmDirectory@agriculture.ny.gov.


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. https://climate.ny.gov/Our-Climate-Act/Draft-Scoping-Plan

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!

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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