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October 2020

Virtual: To Market, To Market

October 6 - November 10, 2020
9am - 12pm

Have a great idea? This exciting six-week class will help you develop a product or service from start to finish! Local CCE Educators Mariane Kiraly, David Cox, Nicole Tommell, Laura Basillio and Jim Barber have partnered to offer "To Market, To Market," a six-part series to be held virtually and in-person at five regional locations to make your learning experience comfortable, safe, and flexible. Participants will learn how to develop and screen an idea, analyze current trends, develop a budget, consider cash flow, determine pricing, manage marketing and distribution, access funding, test a prototype, consider legalities, manage risk, navigate regulations, and much more. A logical, process-oriented curriculum will lead to dynamic business plans that create new economic opportunities in the region.

Virtual: Design Your Succession Plan

October 8 - October 29, 2020
6:30pm - 8pm

How will your family farm operate in the future when the owner retires or is gone? Are you currently working with another generation who may be questioning their role in the future of the farm or are you yourself questioning your current role?

To help NYS farm families start their succession planning process, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will be utilizing a new interactive program designed by North Dakota State University Extension, Design Your Succession Plan. This program will provide tools and resources for producers who want to begin the succession planning process.

Virtual: Wool Classification Workshop

October 13, 2020
6pm - 8pm

This virtual event we will discuss the different types of fleeces there are and how they would be classified. Sheep producer's looking to sell their fiber this would be a great event to attend to learn what your sheep are producing and how to potentially market this undervalued product.

Milk Check Mysteries

October 14, 2020
7 - 9 pm

Join us on a webinar held Wednesday October 14 @ 7:00 p.m. to learn about milk pricing and the current milk market situation.

Virtual: Sheep & Goat Production 101

October 27, 2020
6pm - 8pm

Sheep and goat farms are becoming more common over the past few years. There has been quite a few questions being asked across the board when it comes to these two small ruminants. This virtual workshop will go over the basics of raising sheep and goats. This course is open to all areas of expertise but please know we will cover the majority of beginner topics. 

Virtual: CFAP 2: What You Need to Know to Apply

October 28, 2020
6:30pm-8pm

Join us along with FSA Executive Directors to get this updated information on the new CFAP 2 program. This program is an extension of the 1st USDA round that closed on September 11th. New Rules, Commodities and pricing structures will be discussed.

November 2020

Virtual: Dairy Feeder School (English & Spanish)

November 3 - November 12, 2020
12pm-2pm

The Online Feeder School is a 2-part educational program for farmers, employees, and agriservice professionals who work as or with the feeder -the person responsible for mixing TMR, maintaining bunk silos, and communicating with other farm staff. It will cover monitoring dry matter, feed bunk management, bunk face management, and troubleshooting mixer wagons.

November 3rd and 5th are English webinars.
November 10th and 12th are Spanish webinars.

Virtual: Price Risk Management for Dairy Farmers

November 3 - November 10, 2020
7pm - 9pm

MANAGE YOUR MILK PRICE
Following the abrupt downturn in milk markets during the spring and summer of 2020 and nearly an
entire year of lower-than-expected milk prices resulting from the global pandemic, dairy farmers have a
renewed interest in managing the price side of the business.

Please join CCE Capital Area Ag & Hort Program's Farm Business Management Educator Dayton
Maxwell, FSA Executive Director David Holck, Tristan Peterson from Crop Growers Insurance, and Dr.
Chris Wolf of Cornell University for an informative, fun, and educational program.

Virtual: Navigating Farm Family Relationships During Business Succession Planning

November 5, 2020
7pm - 8:15pm

Farming with family members can be one of the most emotionally taxing experiences a person may en-counter, especially when familial relationships get in the way of managing and leading the business. A Northeast farmer once jokingly said, "Working with family should be against the law."

Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and the Capital Area Ag & Hort Program's Farm Business Management Educator Dayton Maxwell, Chris Tauzel of the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program and members of NY FarmNet's staff to learn how families can improve relationships to facilitate succession planning and long-term business continuation.

Virtual: Swine Production 101

November 9, 2020
6pm - 8pm

The swine production 101 workshop will be held virtual. We will discuss the basics of raising swine and go over the proper nutrition and animal husbandry that is required to achieve your greatest potential for your herd. This is a beginner's course. 

Virtual: Johne's in Sheep & Goats

November 10, 2020
6-8pm

Please join us for an informational online workshop with special guest, Betsy Hodges. Betsy is an extension agent in the North Country and has done a lot of research with Johne's in sheep and goats and is going to go over what she found in her research. She will also touch base on how to prevent your herds from this disease.

Virtual: Meet Your Lawyer

November 12, 2020
6:30pm-8:30pm

*Check back for more details*

Virtual: Pork Quality Assurance Training

November 17, 2020
6pm - 9pm

We are pleased to offer a Pork Quality Assurance training remotely for any swine producer's. This certification is required for quite a lot of GAP certifications and contracts. "The program was modeled after the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs used by food manufacturers to ensure the safety of food products but was customized for on-farm use. PQA has expanded and improved over the years based on scientific advancements and recommendations of technology and animal agriculture experts. In 2007, the program's name changed to PQA Plus? to reflect the merging of two other education programs into one comprehensive instructional program. Today, it covers a spectrum of topics related to food safety and animal well-being. New features have been added, such as on-farm site assessments, detailed animal care components as well as environmental protection and worker safety."- Pork Council.

Virtual: Livestock & Whole Farm Risk Management Awareness

November 17, 2020
7pm - 9pm

Are you aware of the RISK management programs available to livestock entities? 

Join us to learn about programs offered by USDA Risk Management Agency to help offset risk on the livestock and as a whole farm plan. This webinar is designed to assist producers in understanding and finding value in managing downside market disruption with risk tools available.

Virtual: Beef Production 101

November 24, 2020
6pm - 8pm

*Check back for more details*

December 2020

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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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Virtual: To Market, To Market

October 6 - November 10, 2020
9am - 12pm

Have a great idea? This exciting six-week class will help you develop a product or service from start to finish! Local CCE Educators Mariane Kiraly, David Cox, Nicole Tommell, Laura Basillio and Jim Barber have partnered to offer "To Market, To Market," a six-part series to be held virtually and in-person at five regional locations to make your learning experience comfortable, safe, and flexible. Participants will learn how to develop and screen an idea, analyze current trends, develop a budget, consider cash flow, determine pricing, manage marketing and distribution, access funding, test a prototype, consider legalities, manage risk, navigate regulations, and much more. A logical, process-oriented curriculum will lead to dynamic business plans that create new economic opportunities in the region.
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Virtual: Design Your Succession Plan

October 8 - October 29, 2020
6:30pm - 8pm

How will your family farm operate in the future when the owner retires or is gone? Are you currently working with another generation who may be questioning their role in the future of the farm or are you yourself questioning your current role?

To help NYS farm families start their succession planning process, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will be utilizing a new interactive program designed by North Dakota State University Extension, Design Your Succession Plan. This program will provide tools and resources for producers who want to begin the succession planning process.

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Announcements

Onboarding Dairy Employees~Safe, Engaged and Productive from Day One

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development is seeking farmers to participate in the second year of an onboarding project funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute.

Employee onboarding is a management process to bring new employees into the farm business, complete necessary paperwork, equip them with safety and performance knowledge and skills, and help them feel connected to and engaged with a worthwhile team.

Find all the details at their website: http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/onboarding/

Building Resilience During COVID-19 Requires Deligence

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with farmers to help build resilience for their businesses. In building resilience, we must also remain diligent in maintaining health and safety requirements. 

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department are reminding agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19 New York Forward guidance. This comes in response to a recent outbreak associated with a NY agritourism farm. 

Learn more about the guidance agritourism farms are subject to, as well as our recommended management and communication strategies for agritourism activities on your farms as you navigate the COVID-19 outbreak at the Small Farms website.


Resources for Farm Business Safety Plan Required

As the New York Forward plan is implemented across the state, businesses of all kinds are required to have a COVID-19 written safety plan in place. Both essential agricultural businesses that have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and those non-food related agricultural businesses who will re-open must have a safety plan. A task force of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) specialists developed a new set of resources to help farms comply with this requirement and efficiently prepare plans during this busy time of the year. NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for Farms contains:
  • Plan Templates
  • Considerations and Examples for Your Plan
  • Key References and Support Documents
See the complete guidance


Dialing Into Your Best Dairy-Podcast series

Find the podcast series "Dialing Into Your Best Dairy" on the PRO-DAIRY website.

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.

Erik Smith, 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  


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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