About Program

The Agriculture:
Agriculture is an important industry in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.  The dairy, livestock and field crop industry represents over seventy percent of the agricultural product sold.  Because the land resources in the region are naturally suited for dairy and field crop production the potential for increased agricultural production exists.

The Team Mission:
The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team was formed to work with this important industry. The mission of this extension team is to provide high quality educational programs that address the needs of dairy, livestock and field crop producers in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties. The team consists of a Dairy Specialist, a Livestock Specialist and a Field Crop Specialist, working the eight-county region.





The Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops is supported, in part, by eight
county Cornell Cooperative Extensions including: Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer,
Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.

To visit one of these Cornell Cooperative Extension's web sites,
simply click on a county within the map.

Central New York Diary and Field Crops Team County Map Chenango County CCE Otsego County CCE Schoharie County CCE Herkimer County CCE Saratoga County CCE Fulton and Montgomery Counties CCE Madison County CCE

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calendar of events

Upcoming Events

Livestock Trainings Offered Online

March 25 - December 31, 2020

During this time away from the field we have had quite a few producer's asking about certifications offered online.

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Announcements

Latest Information on the PPP and EIDL Programs

See the latest information on the PPP and EIDL

COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses

COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in "New York Forward"


New York Forward is the state's plan to begin re-opening in phases as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of New York Forward is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19. Details for particular industries, including agriculture can be found here.

NYS Dept of Ag and Mkts Request Info to Connect Impacted Producers

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The Department is working to connect affected farmers to potential new purchasing opportunities through various institutions, such as food banks, retailers and more. Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to using local foods to support the emergency food system, and we are looking to connect producers to food banks and those in need. This information will be provided to the Department's partners and posted on its website.

If you are a producer with surplus product, the Department asks that you send your name, contact information, and the type of product(s) you have in surplus to Lindsey McMahon at lindsey.mcmahon@agriculture.ny.gov. Please provide this information by Monday, May 4th, 2020, if possible.


EIDL Application Re-Opening

The EIDL Advance/Loan portal will be re-opening shortly. The re-opening of the portal is for agricultural businesses that were previously ineligible for the program. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.

The portal will be opened for a limited period, and it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. The link to the portal will be: http://www.sba.gov/Disaster

See more information and more at our Resource page.


USDA Farmers to Families Food Box

As part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program Secretary Perdue announced on April 17 that the USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those in need. USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase fresh produce, dairy, and meat. See more.

PRO-DAIRY offering Webinars and Podcasts

PRO-DAIRY has sent out a list of Webinars and Podcasts.  Find this list and more at our Resource page.

Team Programming and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

To all of our valued program participants and partners:

The Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team will not be conducting any meetings or in person assistance until further notice. All scheduled meetings have been cancelled as we look to support efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If possible we may move them to an online format.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep in touch with you.

Please continue to reach out to us by cell phone, email, and text as we will gladly respond. We will also continue to contact you by those same methods as we put out newsletters or share other pertinent pieces of information.

Again we are still here expecting to assist you as always, just for the near future not in the in-person way we have in the past.

Stay healthy.

Kevin Ganoe, Area Field Crop Specialist
David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist
Nicole Tommell, Area Ag Business Management Specialist

COVID-19 response:
Need information? View the following Cornell CALS and CCE Resource Pages Updated Regularly
General Questions & Links: NY Extension Disaster Education Network 
Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions 
Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions
Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources  


Paycheck Protection Program Webinar Recording

This video is a visit with Nicole Tommell, Farm Business Management Specialist and Myron Thurston Ag Economic Development and Marketing Specialist from CCE Madison, they worked with other partners to supply up to date information on applying for the Paycheck Protection with potential loan forgiveness. This program has been very fluid in nature, and we would like to give you up to date information on PPP. The video includes a simple presentation followed by a producer question and answer session.

Paycheck Protection Program Zoom April 8, 2020

Please contact Nicole Tommell at nt375@cornell.edu or Myron Thurston at myron.thurston@cornell.edu if you have any questions.


Prevention & Control of the Novel Coronavirus for Farms

Find the an article on how to prevent and control the Novel Coronavirus on farms at: Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations release from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on March 22, 2020.  Find article here

Links to Services

As we navigate through some very uncharted territory over the next few days/weeks/ months, the CNYDFLC team would like to offer you a list of services that may be of help to your farm business. Remember, our entire team is only a phone call, email or video conference away. Please do not hesitate to contact us if a need arises, we will do our best to assist you in the ways previously mentioned.  Find our contact information for each team member on the Contact Us page.

The list of websites and/or phone numbers can be found at our Resource page


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