Dairy Forward Grant Informational Webinar
February 24, 2021
12:00pm - 12:30 pm
HostCentral New York Dairy and Field Crops
email Katelyn Walley-Stoll
Cornell Cooperative Extension and American Farmland Trust would like to invite dairy producers across the state to join a free webinar focused on the Dairy Forward grant program. This program aims to help dairy farm families in New York access information and professional services to plan for farm transitions in the face of tremendous challenges such as a weak dairy economy, disruptions from severe weather, and an aging farmer population. This virtual learning opportunity will be offered on Wednesday, February 24th and will be held from 12noon - 12:30pm. Click here to register.
Join Molly Johnston-Heck, Regional Farmland for a New Generation Manager with American Farmland Trust, and Farm Business Management Specialists from Cornell Cooperative Extension for an interactive program overview and Q&A session that will explore this grant opportunity. This free program will be offered via Zoom and will include a call-in option. If you are interested in receiving program information, but are unable to attend "live", please register at the above link. A recording of the webinar and application materials will be sent to all those registered following the webinar on February 24.
American Farmland Trust is joining Chobani to support dairy farmers in planning for the future. The Dairy Forward program offers grants of $500 to $5,000 that can be used to help NY dairy farm families plan for farm transfer and generational succession, general farm business planning, permanently protect their land, and adopt regenerative farming practices. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. Eligible farms must be located in New York state and be a dairy operation, have sold more than $1,000 in agricultural products in 2020, and have a service provider identified for their proposed project.
Attending this webinar is not a requirement to apply for Dairy Forward funds. For more information and a copy of the application, visit farmland.org/dairy-forward or contact Molly Joshnston-Heck with American Farmland Trust by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 315-565-1538. Your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Business Management Specialist is also available for guidance.
Grant funds available for:
- Farm Transfer and Planning
- Farm Business Planning
- Permanently Protecting Land
- Adopting Regenerative Farming Practices
- Farm must be located in NYS and must be a dairy operation
- Total market value of agriculture products sold must be greater than $1,000
- A service provider must be identified
Pigweeds and Soybean Cyst Nematodes ID & Management Workshop
July 27, 2021
Ballston Spa, NY
Join CCE Capital District and the CNYDLFC Team for a free workshop focused on the identification and management of Pigweeds and Soybean Cyst Nematodes.
Limited to 40 people.
Ventilation & Heat Abatement for Dairy Cattle from Calves in Utero to Mature Cows
July 21, 2021
July 29, 2021
Reasons, Economics, & Practical Strategies
Integrated Parasite Management for Goats & Sheep Workshop
August 17, 2021
Includes FAMACHA Training/Certification and How to do Fecal Egg ID/Counting
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Updated Meeting GuidelinesEffective June 1, 2021, the size limit for outdoor field meetings (including open-air, well ventilated barns) may be held up to 500 participants.
Effective June 11, 2021, the size limit for indoor meetings may be held up to 250 participants. If the indoor event is held at a business, the business may implement other requirements for participants in accordance with NYS and CDC guidelines, which may include requiring proof of vaccination, separate individuals and designate part of the establishment based on vaccination status, and require masks/social distance for all patrons or just those unvaccinated.
For both types of meetings, masks are only required for unvaccinated attendees and they also need to maintain 6' social distance during the event. Vaccination status is based on self-reporting. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for participants. The NYS, CDC, and Cornell University guidelines will be monitored and we will adjust meeting guidance accordingly.
Dairy Producer Considerations When Dealing with High Grain Pricesby David R. Balbian, CCE Area Dairy Management Specialist
We have been here before. Back in mid-July of 2012, corn got up over $8.00/bu @ the Chicago Board of trade. As I write this corn is approaching $7.00/bu. Soybeans got up to the mid $17/bu. range in late August of 2012. Again, as I write this soybeans are in the mid-$15 range. Your cows do not care what these prices are. Major knee jerk cutbacks on grain feeding that shorts the cows on their nutritional requirements will only make a bad situation worse. Saving $1.00 on grain and losing $1.50 or $2.00 is bad business. The long-term impacts on reproduction will have lingering effects. Low production cannot be turned around until a new lactation begins. So, what to do? Although they will not be possible for everyone to implement, here are some tips and ideas to consider:
- If you have your own corn grain or HMSC you are feeling good right now.
- Harvest cover crops for feed in the very early boot stage. Wide swath mowing for quick drying and harvest between 35% to 40% dry matter will give you better results and retain nutrients. Check out Winter Forage: Windrow Compost vs. Photosynthetic Drying from Advanced Ag Systems' regarding wide swath mowing & quick drying. A link to the following article by Ralph Ward of Cumberland Valley Lab provides additional helpful details on the benefits of the proper dry matter: Avoid Fermentation Failure in Spring Silage
- Timely harvest your first cutting & subsequent cuttings. Be on the lookout for our team's First Cutting Forage Quality data from Dr. Erik Smith every Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. We are monitoring around 60 fields in our region. You will see targeted harvest dates for dairy quality feed.
- Applying nitrogen to grasses can up crude protein levels (and yield). It may already be a bit late for some first cutting fields, but applications right after first cutting can really boost second cut yields and crude protein levels (reducing the need to purchase grain protein).
- BMR Corn Silage could be more attractive now. Assess your own situation and consider it this year.
- It's a long ways off, but if high corn grain prices persist high chopping corn silage this fall is something to consider if you have plenty of inventory.
- Moving to a high corn silage diet if you have the inventory can reduce corn grain needs and may allow you to utilize some low cost protein such as feed grade urea. Work with your nutritionist to evaluate this option.
- Look for & reduce feed shrink. This is spilled, wasted or spoiled feed. You can no longer afford excessive shrink.
- Strategic group cows so you are not overfeeding late lactation cows.
- Look around at various protein sources. Soybean meal is not the only game in town.
- Be sure you are getting all you can out of the corn grain you are feeding. Grind it finer. Coarse ground corn is more likely to pass undigested.
Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program$52.5 MILLION AVAILABLE TO PROTECT NEW YORK FARMLAND
State Dedicates Highest Level of Funding Ever to Protect Valuable and At-Risk Farmland
Each of New York's 10 Regions Will Be Allocated $5 Million for Conservation Easement Projects
Eligibility Opportunities Expanded to Agroforestry, Equine, and Wine Sectors
Round 18 FPIG continues New York State's commitment to provide financial assistance to locally led farmland protection efforts. The Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program provides financial assistance to counties, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to enable them to implement farmland protection activities consistent with local agricultural and farmland protection plans. The most frequently funded activity is the purchase of agricultural conservation easements on individual farms. However, the program may also award funding to enable other implementation activities, such as amendments to local laws affecting agriculture, option agreements, and covering the transaction costs of donated agricultural conservation easements.
All farmland protection project applications must be submitted electronically through the New York State Grants Gateway. More information regarding the Grants Gateway can be found here.
Municipalities, counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and land trusts are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2 million each to help offset the costs of individual conservation easement projects that protect viable agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use.
Eligibility criteria for the program have been adjusted to include the agroforestry, equine, and wine sectors, reflecting New York's diverse agricultural industry. In addition, other closely aligned State goals have been integrated into the eligibility criteria to allow multiple objectives for certain projects, including food security, climate resiliency, and source water protection. Another first for the program, an incentive payment is now available to participating landowners whose project specifically incorporates climate resiliency or source water protection. Soil health assessments are also now an eligible project cost.
There is no application deadline and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until available funds have been awarded to eligible projects.
This funding opportunity continues the state's commitment to provide financial and technical assistance for farmland protection on a predictable two-year cycle and builds on the recent additions of the successful FPIG Dairy Transitions Farmland Protection Initiative and the FPIG Farm Operations in Transition Farmland Protection Initiative.