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December 12 - February 21, 2018


Caroline Potter
(315) 683-9268


Academy for Dairy Executives

December 12 - February 21, 2018

Cornell Cooperative Extension and PRO-DAIRY Invite you to apply for this three-part educational program in Central New York

  • Gain a better understanding of the fast-changing dairy industry
  • Learn from and interact with other producers and dairy professionals
  • Improve leadership and management skills of a successful dairy business during volatile times
  • Develop skills necessary to lead your dairy business into the future

Program fee is $750 paid in two installments of $375 each. The first installment is payable upon notification of acceptance into the program. The second installment is due by January 1, 2018. Some scholarships are available from our Platinum Sponsors.

The program fee includes all meals, refreshment breaks, parking, meeting rooms, speaker fees, program materials, and lodging on the first night of each session. Additional lodging accommodations before or after the program are the responsibility of the participant. All lodging reservations will be handled by our office. If double accommodations are desired, please contact us.

The fee does not include expenses associated with traveling to and from the facility, expenses for recreation and entertainment, or other personal incidental expenses.

Class size is limited to 30 dairy professionals to maximize the small group interaction and peer-to-peer learning. Applications will be accepted until October 20, 2017. Qualified applicants will be selected in order of receipt of application. Guaranteed reservation into the program occurs when the first installment is received.

Each session of the Academy begins at 11:30 am on day one with lunch and concludes on day two around 12:30 pm. A typical day includes individual study, small group discussions, informal networking, and roundtable discussions with faculty. With the fully-packed agenda and importance of group interaction to the program, participants are expected to spend the entire time at the Academy site. 

Please be prepared to leave your business responsibilities at home. Break time will be built in to allow informal interaction with classmates and to respond to any urgent matters at home.

For an application & information go to: https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/conferences/academy

Platinum Level:
  • Cargill
  • Farm Credit East
  • Zoetis
  • Trouw Nutrition
Gold Level:
  • DFA
  • The Voss Group
Silver Level:
  • AminoMax
  • Purina
  • Seedway
  • Phibro
  • Chobani
  • Agri-Mark
  • Community Bank
  • NBT Bank
  • Lutz Feed Co, Inc.
For more information, contact:

David Balbian, drb23@cornell.edu, 518-312-3592
Caroline Potter, cjh42@cornell.edu, 315-683-9268 

Dairy Academy (PDF; 1674KB)









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Countdown to Census: What You Need to Know

Only eight weeks until producers start to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture 

In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers. 
“The updated online questionnaire is very user-friendly ??" it can now be used on any electronic device, and can be saved and revisited as the producer’s schedule allows,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “Responding online saves time and protects data quality. That’s our mission at NASS ??" to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Better data mean informed decisions, and that’s why it is so important that every producer respond and be represented.”

New time-saving features of the online questionnaire include automatically calculating totals, skipping sections that do not pertain to the operation, and providing drop-down menus of frequent responses. Producers still have one week to try the online questionnaire demo on the census of agriculture website (www.agcensus.usda.gov). 

The census website will continue to be updated with new information through the census response deadline of February 5, 2018. One recently added feature is a new video from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reminding all producers to respond when they receive their 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail later this year. 
Revisions and additions to the 2017 Census of Agriculture aim to capture a more detailed account of the industry. Producers will see a new question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running the business.

Response to the census of agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any producer. The time required to complete the questionnaire is estimated at 50 minutes. In October, NASS will make a census preparation checklist available on the census website to help producers gather necessary information in advance.

Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them; it is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the country. Farmers and ranchers, trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture ??" from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry. The census of agriculture is a producer’s voice, future, and opportunity.

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

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