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May 2021

Pricing Your Meat Products Webinar

May 5, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
via Zoom

Pricing Your Meat Products Webinar

Nancy Glazier and Joan Petzen will continue with the topic of selling meat products. 

MU Sembrador Huerta Familiar Sostenible

March 17, 2021
March 24, 2021
March 31, 2021
April 7, 2021
April 14, 2021
April 21, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 5, 2021
May 12, 2021
May 19, 2021
May 26, 2021
June 2, 2021
June 9, 2021

7:30pm - 9pm EST
Zoom

The webinar series will be delivered in Spanish using the Zoom platform. The series will cover topics related to sustainable vegetable gardening, soil fertility, pest management, health & nutrition benefits of gardening, vegetable preservation, leadership & community integration, and considerations/challenges of transitioning to commercial production. 

El seminario en línea se impartirá en español utilizando la plataforma Zoom. El seminario cubrirá temas ralacionados al cultivo sostenible de vegetales en huertas, fertiliad de suelos, manejo de pestes, beneficios nutricionales y a la salud, preservación de vegetales, liderazgo e integración comunitaria, y consideraciones/desafíos de la transición a la producción comercial.  

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

May 6, 2021 : So, You Want to Start a Farm?
7pm - 8pm
Virtual via Zoom

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

Topics include the basics of starting a farm business, an outline of who's who, an introduction to available resources, and a discussion on "is farming right for you?". 

Milk Quality Online Course

April 30, 2021
May 7, 2021
May 14, 2021
May 21, 2021
May 28, 2021
June 4, 2021
June 11, 2021
June 18, 2021

The Milk Quality Online Course will cover basic milk parlor and mastitis management principles lead by the Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS). It is intended for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of milk quality management.

Digital Agri-Marketing

April 12, 2021
April 26, 2021
May 10, 2021

6:30pm - 8pm
Zoom

Marketing has transitioned from traditional methods to incorporating integrated online platforms.   This course will focus on learning how to utilize technology and content creation to optimize a farms marketing presence.

Sheep Genetics USA: Improving Genetic Tools to Enhance Profitability

May 11, 2021
8pm EST
Online Webinar

Sheep Genetics USA: Improving Genetic Tools to Enhance Profitability

One of the production inputs we have control over are the genetics we choose for our flocks. Sheep Genetics USA is a proactive and collaborative initiative focused on improving genetic tools to enhance profitability. It is designed with action committees representing all industry stakeholders thereby unifying the industry in an effort to maximize demand for American Lamb.  

Farm Business Foundations: Farm Business Planning for Beginners

May 13, 2021
7 pm - 8 pm
Zoom

Topics Include: farm management, marketing and regulations, insurance, and SWOT analysis.

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

May 13, 2021 : Farm Business Planning for Beginners
7pm - 8pm
Virtual via Zoom

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

Farm Business Planning for Beginners: Thursday, May 13th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics Include farm management, marketing and regulations, insurance, and SWOT analysis. 

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

May 20, 2021 : Analyzing Farm Enterprises
7pm - 8pm
Online Via Zoom

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

 Analyzing Farm Enterprises: Thursday, May 20th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics include "Hops, Hogs, and Honey - Oh My!", market analysis, evaluating assets, and farm diversification.

Farm Business Foundations: Analyzing Farm Enterprises

May 20, 2021
7 pm - 8 pm
Zoom

Topics include "Hops, Hogs, and Honey - Oh My!", market analysis, evaluating assets, and farm diversification.

Producer Brownbag: How Do I Find Buyers For My Products

May 25, 2021
12pm - 1pm
Online Webinar - Zoom

Producer Brownbag: How Do I Find Buyers For My Products

Join Laura Biasillo, CCE Broome Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, as we discuss how to identify buyers for your farm/agricultural products, what they may be looking for, packaging, transportation logistics, invoicing, and everything in-between. Whether you are looking at working with a food hub, food bank, TASTE NY store, or even consumers looking to buy in quantities - this brownbag webinar is for you. 

Brooding and Rearing Basics: Introduction to Waterfowl

May 26, 2021
12pm - 1pm or 7pm - 8pm
Online Webinar - Zoom

Brooding and Rearing Basics: Introduction to Waterfowl

This free Brooding and Rearing Basics class is for those who want to learn more about raising waterfowl. Topics include breed selection, managing brooders, nutrition basics, housing basics, and considerations for producing eggs and meat. 

Composting Livestock Mortality and On-Farm Butcher Waste

May 26, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Online Webinar - Zoom

Composting Livestock Mortality and On-Farm Butcher Waste

Composting mortalities and butchery waste is an easy, cost effective, environmentally sound, and compassionate practice. In this Livestock Program Work Team sponsored webinar, Jean Bonhotal, Waste Management Specialist and Director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute in Soil and Crop Sciences, will present how to compost livestock on-farm in NYS.

Farm Business Foundations: Farm Financial Management Basics

May 27, 2021
7 pm - 8 pm
Zoom

Topics include: record keeping methods, common financial statements, and tax considerations

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

May 27, 2021 : Farm Financial Management Basics
7pm - 8pm
Online via Zoom

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

Farm Financial Management Basics: Thursday, May 27th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics include record keeping methods, common financial statements, and tax considerations.

June 2021

MU Sembrador Huerta Familiar Sostenible

March 17, 2021
March 24, 2021
March 31, 2021
April 7, 2021
April 14, 2021
April 21, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 5, 2021
May 12, 2021
May 19, 2021
May 26, 2021
June 2, 2021
June 9, 2021

7:30pm - 9pm EST
Zoom

The webinar series will be delivered in Spanish using the Zoom platform. The series will cover topics related to sustainable vegetable gardening, soil fertility, pest management, health & nutrition benefits of gardening, vegetable preservation, leadership & community integration, and considerations/challenges of transitioning to commercial production. 

El seminario en línea se impartirá en español utilizando la plataforma Zoom. El seminario cubrirá temas ralacionados al cultivo sostenible de vegetales en huertas, fertiliad de suelos, manejo de pestes, beneficios nutricionales y a la salud, preservación de vegetales, liderazgo e integración comunitaria, y consideraciones/desafíos de la transición a la producción comercial.  

Milk Quality Online Course

April 30, 2021
May 7, 2021
May 14, 2021
May 21, 2021
May 28, 2021
June 4, 2021
June 11, 2021
June 18, 2021

The Milk Quality Online Course will cover basic milk parlor and mastitis management principles lead by the Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS). It is intended for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of milk quality management.

Whole Farm Weed Management Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 9, 2021
6pm - 8:30pm
Farm of Mr. John Girod
Fillmore, NY

Beat the Heat! Heat Stress Management Program

June 22, 2021
June 30, 2021
: Heat Stress Management Program
7-8:30pm

June 22, 2021

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Kelly Farm

2270 DeKalb Kelly Rd

Rensselaer Falls

June 30, 2021

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Miner Institute Dairy Barn

1034 Miner Farm Rd Chazy, NY

July 2021

Calf Barn Ventilation Program

July 27 - July 28, 2021
12:30 - 2:30pm

Join us for a free on-farm demonstration and discussion about the importance of adequate calf barn ventilation and the impacts ventilation has on calf health and performance. This program is applicable to any sized dairy farm, and any type of barn ventilation system.

 


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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


Regional Team Operations During COVID-19

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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/

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


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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Western New York Dairy Farmers Kim Shaklee and Janice Brown make the news with their successful Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship match. Kim and Janice are Master Graizers, and they are working hard with their Apprentice, Travis Belmore and preparing Lauren La Mar for an official Apprenticeship. 

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 farm’s 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 farm’s 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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