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January 2020

Dairy Day

January 3 - January 24, 2020
10-3pm
Lowville, NY 13367, NY

January 3rd - Bruston-Moira Legion
January 22nd - Lowville Elks
January 24th - Watertown Elks

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Ballston Spa location

January 7, 2020
5-7 pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Three locations to choose from.

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Cobleskill location

January 8, 2020
5-7 pm
Cobleskill, NY

Three locations to choose from.

Corn Congress - Batavia Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 8, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Batavia, NY

Corn Congress - Batavia Location
Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team for our annual Corn Congress.  DEC re-certification points and Certified Crop Adviser credits available, so bring your picture ID.  Lunch is included.  Hear from program-related professionals and visit with our sponsoring vendors.  

**CANCELLED**Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Cooperstown location

January 9, 2020
5-7 pm
Cooperstown, NY

Three locations to choose from.

Corn Congress - Waterloo Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 9, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Corn Congress - Waterloo Location
Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field CropsTeam for our annual Corn Congress. DEC re-certification points and Certified Crop Adviser credits available, so bring your picture ID. Lunch is included. Hear from program-related professionals and visit with our sponsoring vendors. 

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Otsego County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 13, 2020
1-3 pm
Cooperstown, NY

Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Automated Milking System Discussion Group

January 14 - February 19, 2020

In order to provide a better discussion and hopefully involve more producers, we have made the decision to postpone the 1/14 AMS discussion group. Please keep an eye out for the future date, which we anticipate having in early to mid February. Thank you for your continued support and involvement.

**CANCELLED** Questions About the New NYS Farm Labor Laws? Chat with an Expert in Fonda

January 14, 2020
1-3 pm
Fonda, NY

Come join the CNYDLFC team and Agriculture Labor Specialists from NYS Department of Labor to get the answers you need.  

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Chenango County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 14, 2020
1-3 pm
Norwich, NY

Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Madison County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 15, 2020
1-3 pm
Morrisville, NY

Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 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.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Fulton/Montgomery Counties

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 16, 2020
1-3 pm
Fonda, NY

Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Portland

January 16, 2020
10:30am - 12pm
Portland, NY

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Portland
Join Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with SWNYDLFC, and Agriculture Labor Specialists from NYS Department of Labor (DOL) to learn more about the new Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and how it will affect your farm business.

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Ellicottville

January 16, 2020
2:30pm - 4pm
Ellicottville, NY

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Ellicottville
Join Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with SWNYDLFC, and Agriculture Labor Specialists from NYS Department of Labor (DOL) to learn more about the new Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and how it will affect your farm business.

2020 Hemp Session

January 16, 2020
9am - 2:15pm
Syracuse, NY

2020 Hemp Session
Hemp Session at the Empire State Producers Expo!

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


Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Schoharie County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 17, 2020
1-3 pm
Cobleskill, NY

Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Saratoga County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 21, 2020
1-3 pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Save the date for Field Crop Pest Management Meetings!

24th Annual North Country Crop Congress

January 21, 2020
10:30am - 3pm
Canton, NY

Agenda:

HERBICIDE RESISTANCE MANAGEMENT
Mike Hunter, Cornell University Cooperative Extension

SOIL COMPACTION MANAGEMENT
Warren Schneckenberger, Cedar Lodge Farms, Morrisburg, Ontario

FIELD CROP DISEASE UPDATES (30 MINUTES)
Dr. Gary Bergstrom, Cornell University

CORN SILAGE VARIETY TRIAL 2019 REPORT
Joe Lawrence, PRODAIRY, Cornell University

DICAMBA APPLCATOR TRAINING
Dan Digiacomandrea, Bayer

CONSERVATION TILLAGE PRACTICES
Farmer panel moderated by Dr. Kitty O'Neil, Cornell University Cooperative Extension

Sheep and Goat Nutrition 101

January 21, 2020
5 pm
Cooperstown, NY

Come join us for an informational sheep and goat talk regarding nutrition. 

Southern Tier Crop Congress

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 22, 2020
9am - 2:30pm
Belfast, NY

Southern Tier Crop Congress
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County in conjunction with the Southwestern NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team will be hosting the Southern Tier Crop Congress in Belfast, NY from 9 am to 2:30 pm. This meeting will feature recent updates in field crop and forage production as we look into the 2020 growing season.

Modern On-Farm Preparedness (All 6 Sessions)

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

Modern On-Farm Preparedness (All 6 Sessions)
Six sessions created to help farms prepare for modern situations
- Jan 23:  Urgent Situations (on-farm)
- Jan 30:  F.A.R.M 4.0 Update (live webinar)
- Feb 6:  Activists (live webinar)
- Feb 13:  Social Media (on-farm)
- Feb 20:  Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity (live webinar)
- Feb 27:  On Farm Safety - Prevention, Prevention, Prevention (on-farm)

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)

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Urgent Situations

January 23, 2020
1-4 pm
Perry, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Urgent Situations
Preparedness for Urgent Situations.  Be Prepared for a fire, weather emergency or barn damage. Learn from NYCAMH and the local fire department how to prepare for the unexpected.  
On-Farm, 1-4 pm

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

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Hornell

January 23, 2020
11am - 12:30pm
Hornel, NY

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Hornell
Join Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with SWNYDLFC, and Agriculture Labor Specialists from NYS Department of Labor (DOL) to learn more about the new Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and how it will affect your farm business.

NY Corn & Soybean Winter Expo

January 23, 2020
8:00am - 3:00pm
Liverpool, NY

NY Corn & Soybean Winter Expo
The New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association invites you to join us on Thursday, January 23, 2020 for our Winter Expo in Syracuse, New York.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER-ZACH JOHNSON, MILLENNIAL FARMER

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 

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Cooperstown

January 27, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Cooperstown, NY

This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Norwich

January 28, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Norwich, NY

This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Morrisville

January 29, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Morrisville, NY

This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

Hemp Workshop St. Lawrence County(Madrid)

January 29, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Madrid, NY

Topics:
  • Plant biology and characteristics, different types, different varieties, growth requirements
  • How it's typically planted, managed and harvested
  • Update on NYS hemp regulations, permitting process
  • Current supply chain for hemp products including products that are currently being produced in New York as well as potential products

Modern On Farm Preparedness - F.A.R.M. 4.0 Update

January 30, 2020
1-2 pm
Albion, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - F.A.R.M. 4.0 Update
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, 

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

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Fonda

January 30, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Fonda, NY

This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

2019 Hemp Workshop - Lowville

January 30, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Lowville, NY

Topics:
  • Plant biology and characteristics, different types, different varieties, growth requirements
  • How it's typically planted, managed and harvested
  • Update on NYS hemp regulations, permitting process
  • Current supply chain for hemp products including products that are currently being produced in New York as well as potential products

Modern On-Farm Preparedness Program

January 30 - February 27, 2020
Times will vary.
Lowville, NY 13367, NY

Webinars can be accessed at the local site or signed in anywhere from a mobile device or computer.
Six consecutive Thursday afternoons: January 23 - February 27. Attend all sessions or individual sessions.
Registration is $10 per session or $50 for all six sessions.

Presenting organizations:
Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY State Cattle Health Assurance Program, American Dairy Association, and New York Center for Agriculture and Health.

NNY Locations:
CCE Jefferson Office, 203 N Hamilton St, Watertown,NY
Miner Institute Conference Room, 1034 Miner Farm Road, Chazy, NY



QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

January 31 - February 21, 2020
1-3 pm
Morrisville, NY

Hands on classes for learning and using QuickBooks for farming operations. Save accounting and bookkeeping time (and money).

February 2020

Soybean & Small Grains Congress - Batavia Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 5, 2020
8:30a.m Registration. Program 10:00am - 3:30pm
Batavia, NY

Soybean & Small Grains Congress - Batavia Location
Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team for the annual Soybean & Small Grains Congress to be held at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY.

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Activist Preparedness

February 6, 2020
1-2 pm
Batavia, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Activist Preparedness
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

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

Soybean/Small Grains Congress - Waterloo Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 6, 2020
8:30am Registration. Program 10:00am - 3:30pm
Waterloo, NY

Soybean/Small Grains Congress - Waterloo Location
Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team for the annual Soybean & Small Grains Congress to be held at the Quality Inn, 2468 Route 414, Waterloo NY.

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

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

NYS Beef Winter Conference

February 7 - February 9, 2020
Syracuse, NY

The NYBPA is a group of beef producers dedicated to working together for the improvement of the beef industry. Never before in the history of the cattle industry has it been more important for you to stand up and be counted as a member of the New York Beef Producers' Association.

The pressures and influences from outside our industry are so varied and dangerous that no individual cattle producer - large or small - can possibly handle them alone. But working together, we can make a difference!

2020 Corn Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 11, 2020
10 am-3 pm
Cooperstown, NY

CNYDLFC Annual Corn Day 2020

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Social Media

February 13, 2020
1-4 pm
Oakfield, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Social Media
How to respond to negative comments on farm pages. Resources to tap into and people you can call for effective responses.
1-4 pm 

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

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity

February 20, 2020
1-2 pm
Warsaw, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - Disease Outbreaks & Biosecurity
 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 

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

Risk Management Series~Cooperstown

February 25 - March 3, 2020
6-8 pm
Cooperstown, NY

Risk Management Series~Morrisville

February 26 - March 4, 2020
6-8 pm
Morrisville, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - On-Farm Safety

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

Modern On Farm Preparedness - On-Farm Safety

February 27, 2020
1-4 pm
Strykersville, NY

Modern On Farm Preparedness - On-Farm Safety
 Accidents happen, but this session will focus on prevention and also address accident response.
1-4 pm at Breezyhill Dairy, 2705 N Sheldon Rd, Strykersville, NY.

Risk Management Series~Ballston Spa

February 27 - March 5, 2020
6-8 pm
Ballston Spa, NY

March 2020

2020 Dairy Day

March 10, 2020
10:00am-3:30pm
Cooperstown, NY

How can YOU improve your milk price and milk income?

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Upcoming Events

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

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

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.
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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)

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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 
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Announcements

2020 Educational Events for Hemp Production/Processiong

Cornell Hemp Education Events for 2020
Several upcoming events will be of interest to New York hemp producers and processors:

1. Long Island Ag Forum
Hemp information sessions will be held at the Long Island Ag forum on January 8 and 9, 2020 at the Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY.

For more information, to view a schedule of events, and to download a registration form, please visit:
http://ccesuffolk.org/events/2015/01/08/long-island-agricultural-forum.

2. Empire State Producers Expo
Hemp information sessions will be held at the Empire State Producers Expo on Thursday, January 16, 2019, at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY from 9:00 am to 2:15 pm. Speakers will discuss permits, hemp economics, greenhouse production, weed and pest management, crop insurance, organic certification, and evaluations of hemp cultivars. More information at https://nysvga.org/expo/information/ and events.cornell.edu.

3. NOFA NY Conference
Hemp workshops will take place on Friday, January 17, 2020 during the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA NY) 2020 Winter Conference. The conference will be held at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. For more information and to register, please visit https://nofany-winterconference.squarespace.com/. For descriptions of the seven workshops offered, please see this link.

4. Southern Tier Hemp Conference
This conference will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Broome County CCE in Binghamton, NY. Topics will include regulation, marketing, hemp cultivar evaluations, field management, disease control, and harvesting. The cost to attend is $30, and includes lunch. Participants must register by February 4th, 2020. For more information and to register, please visit this link.

5. Eastern NY Fruit and Vegetable Conference
Hemp information sessions will be held at the Eastern NY Fruit and Vegetable Conference on February 26, 2020 in Albany, NY. Please check back; more information about this event will be added soon.

Access all website links here: Cornell Hemp Page https://hemp.cals.cornell.edu/2019/11/22/upcoming-events-winter-2020/




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


US Domestic Hemp Production Program

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2019 ? U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States. 

An interim final rule formalizing the program will be published in the Federal Register that will allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. The rule includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve hemp production plans developed by states and Indian tribes including: requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced; testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements; and licensing requirements. It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own approved hemp production plan.

The interim final rule becomes effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Following publication, USDA invites public comment on the interim rule and the information collection burden. A preview of the rule is posted on USDA's website.

USDA also developed guidelines for sampling and testing procedures that are being issued concurrently with this rule. These documents provide additional information for sampling agents and hemp testing laboratories.

More information about the provisions of the interim final rule is available on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program web page on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.

Once state and tribal plans are in place, hemp producers will be eligible for a number of USDA programs, including insurance coverage through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. For information on available programs, visit farmers.gov/hemp.



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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