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August 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Management Options and rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

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

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

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

Pasture Walk - Youngman Farms - Wolcott, NY - RSVP by July 31st

August 2, 2019
F 6:30pm -8:30pm - $10 per person, $15 per farm/family
Wolcott, NY

Pasture Walk - Youngman Farms - Wolcott, NY - RSVP by July 31st
Come and learn about rotational grazing at a beef operation. 

BQA at EFD

August 6, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Seneca Falls, NY

BQA at EFD
The goal of this national program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products.

Soil Health for Dairy Farms Field Day

August 7, 2019
11-2pm
Madrid, NY

Rain or Shine!
RSVP by August 5th

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

August 12, 2019
7-9pm

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

August 13 - August 14, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Oakfield, NY

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course
This two-day AI workshop will be held on August 13 and 14.  

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

Building Resilience into Organic Forage Production

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

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

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

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Sharon Springs

August 21, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Oxford, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY

August 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fanklinville, NY

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY
Topics to include: Tools for Managing Rotational Grazed Pasture, Weed ID and Management and Calculating Cost of Production. 

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY

August 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fanklinville, NY

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY
Topics to include: Tools for Managing Rotational Grazed Pasture, Weed ID and Management and Calculating Cost of Production. 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Oxford

August 22, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Oxford, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Canastota

August 26, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Canastota, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

August 27, 2019
7pm - 9pm
Randolph, NY

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update
After the day's work is done....Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's lab! Topics covering strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance and economics & using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management. 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Schuylerville

August 28, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Schuylerville, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

Soil Health Field Day

August 29, 2019
9:30am - 2:00pm
Mount Morris, NY

Soil Health Field Day
Join us at Macauley Farms LLC in Mount Morris, NY for a day discussing soil health topics and field tours covering various topics such as cover crop mixtures, interseeder demonstration and more. 

September 2019

Corn Silage Harvest Strategy: One Chance to Get it Right

September 3, 2019
1-3pm
Lowville, NY

Beef Quality Assurance Training

September 5, 2019
6:00 pm
Cobleskill, NY

Beef Quality Assurance "BQA" Training

Visit the Farm Day

September 14, 2019
10:30am - 2:30pm
Conewango Valley, NY

Visit the Farm Day
CCE-Chautauqua is looking for volunteers from the agricultural community for this well-attended event!

Integrated Parasite Management for Goats and Sheep ~ Includes FAMACHA Training

September 24, 2019
12 noon-5:00pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Internal parasites are one of the largest health issues that affect sheep and goats across the country. A lot of producers are unaware how important it is to understand parasites in their flocks. 

Sexual Harassment "Train the Trainer" Evening ~ Cooperstown

September 24, 2019
6-8 pm
Cooperstown, NY

 Is your farm ready for the *NEW* NYS Sexual Harassment Law Requirements? 

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

September 24 - September 25, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Shortsville, NY

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course
This two-day AI workshop will be held on September 24 and 25. 

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

Sexual Harassment "Train the Trainer" Evening ~ Morrisville

September 26, 2019
6-8 pm
Morrisville, NY

 Is your farm ready for the *NEW* NYS Sexual Harassment Law Requirements? 

Sexual Harassment "Train the Trainer" Evening ~ Fonda

September 30, 2019
6-8 pm
Fonda, NY

 Is your farm ready for the *NEW* NYS Sexual Harassment Law Requirements? 

October 2019

Crops, Cows, and Critters - Steuben County CCE Speaker Series

October 2, 2019
6pm - 8pm
Canisteo, NY

Crops, Cows, and Critters - Steuben County CCE Speaker Series
Learn more about the new SWNYDLFC Program and how they support our farming community at Steuben County CCE's Speaker Series. 

Beef Quality Assurance Training

October 12, 2019
10am - 3pm
West Valley, NY

Beef Quality Assurance Training
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides training to beef and dairy cattle producers in food safety, proper cattle handling techniques, handling of animal health products, injection sites, and record keeping. All beef producers are welcome to participate in this BQA Certification training to be held in Cattaraugus County.

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2019 Hemp Events

Upcoming Hemp Events:

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

For more information, visit:

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


HEMP GROWER'S EXCHANGE BOARD

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

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

Complete the survey and submit. We will then download all of the entries weekly and post online. *The NY Hemp Exchange Board is posted for your information and research purposes. Cornell Cooperative Extension does not endorse or recommend any product, service, individual, business or other entity. All "Hemp Exchanges" are posted at the discretion of CCE. "Hemp Exchanges" requests may be denied or removed at any time for any reason Maire Ullrich, MBA Agriculture Program Leader Eastern New York Horticulture Team - Vegetables Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County


WEBINAR: CROP INSURANCE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS

Focus on Risk for Dairy Farmers:

Now available to watch online replay:

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

https://youtu.be/oIfVcI5vDfw

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

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

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

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





New Paraquat Certified Applicator Training Available

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

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

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Dairy Acceleration Program Funds Available

Funds available for the
  • organization of financial records/benchmarking up to $1,000
  • continued business planning (for farms awarded in a previous year) up to $2,500
  • business planning up to $5,000
Guidelines remain the same DAP covers 80% of the cost up to the value of the award and the farm is responsible for 20%.  Visit https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairy-acceleration/

2018 Drug Residue Prevention Manual

For more than 30 years, the U.S. dairy industry has focused educational efforts on the judicious use of antibiotics through the annual publication of a Best Practices Manual. The 2018 edition of the National Dairy FARM Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management? Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is the primary educational tool for dairy farm managers throughout the country on the judicious and responsible use of antibiotics, including avoidance of drug residues in milk and meat.

The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool and resource for farm managers as they develop on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues. Visit the Manual and Form Library to download copies of this important tool!

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


ProDairy Forage Management

Are you prepared to change your routine this spring?

By: Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Ron Kuck, Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team


While spring tasks vary by farm, there are many "rites of spring," and they are often completed in a fairly rigid sequence. Depending on the farm, these often include fixing fence, spreading manure, planting new seedings, planting corn and harvesting first cutting, and are often performed in this order.

We are optimistic that the upcoming turn in weather will allow these task to be accomplished in a timely manner, but at this point it is time to ask yourself: Are you willing to change your spring routine?

In addition to adverse weather it is no secret that everyone is facing extremely tight economic times, and dealing with forage inventories of poor digestibility forages from 2017. This combination of factors makes it more critical than ever to be ready to tackle the task that will have the most impact on your business at the proper time.

Recent reference articles on dealing with tough times:
• Key Opportunities to Optimize 2018 Crop Production Efficiency
• Resources for Dealing with Spring Weather Delays
First Cutting
The number one focus should be on timely harvest of first cutting.
• Park the corn planter when a field of first cutting is ready for harvest.
o Monitoring 1st cut harvest timing
• Approach harvest by the acre, not by the field. Be ready to skip over a field that has passed its optimum harvest stage.
o Dynamic Harvest Schedules
• Strategically plan feed storage to best utilize forage inventories for the right group of animals.
o Strategic Forage Storage Planning
o When More is Better
Corn Planting
The window for planting for silage is generally wider than for grain, which is why first cutting can and should take priority over corn planting. However, in the event of extreme delays in planting corn, performance will diminish with late plantings. If corn planting progresses into late May or early June, begin to consider alternative options for those acres. Previous research from Cornell and Penn State suggest a 0.5 to 1 ton/acre per week decline in silage yield for planting after mid to late May.

Multi-Tasking
First and foremost during a time of year that can be very busy and stressful, taking every precaution to keep your team safe is critical.

The idea of fitting all of this work into a condensed time period, and still getting key tasks completed before critical deadlines can seem impossible, but year after year many find unique ways to get it all done. Consider working with neighbors, custom operators or renting equipment to accomplish these key tasks on time.

If you currently utilize custom operators, now is a good time to set up a time to meet with them and make sure you are on the same page to get tasks accomplished in the time-frame needed. Make sure that your expectations and goals are clearly defined. They will also be under stress to fit their work into a condensed period and meet their customers' expectations, so defining expectations and pre-planning how to most efficiently get the work accomplished when the custom operator arrives can go a long way to increase the chances for success.



Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

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

http://www.americanagriculturist.com/dairy/guiding-next-gen-dairy-graziers-win-win

NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program

NYSERDA offers energy audits to help eligible farms and on-farm producers identify ways to save energy and money on utility bills. Reports include recommendations for energy efficiency measures.

Eligibility
Eligible farms include but are not limited to dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. The farms must also be customers of New York State investor-owned utilities and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farmís current utility bills to see if your farm pays the SBC.

Energy Audit Options
You can request the level of energy audit that best fits your farmís needs. NYSERDA will assign a Flexible Technical Assistance Program Consultant to visit your farm and perform an energy audit at no cost to you.

For more information and the NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application click here


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