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February 2019

Vaccinating Ruminants**RESCHEDULING**

February 7, 2019
6-8 pm
Cobleskill, NY

**This meeting will be rescheduled later in the spring**

Succession Planning for Farm Businesses Workshop Series

February 11 - March 11, 2019
Morrisville, NY

Members of each generation involved in agricultural business together are encouraged to attend this interactive workshop series to learn about skills, tools and tactics needed for success in a multi-generation business

2019 Corn Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 12, 2019
10 am-3 pm
Cooperstown, NY

CNYDLFC Annual Corn Day

FAMACHA Training for Sheep and Goat Producers**UPDATED INFORMATION**

February 16, 2019
Norwich, 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. 

Should the Beef Industry be Concerned About Johne's?

February 25, 2019
Herkimer, NY

Johne's disease is a chronic, incurable bacterial infection that primarily affects the lower small intestine of ruminants.

Forage Quality Conference ~ Hamilton

February 27, 2019
10:30 am-3:00 pm
Hamilton, NY

How do you consistently achieve top quality forage?

Forage Quality Conference ~ Johnstown

February 28, 2019
10:30 am-3:00 pm
Johnstown, NY

How do you consistently achieve top quality forage?

March 2019

Determining Rental Rates on the Farm~Cooperstown Location

March 4, 2019
6-8 pm
Cooperstown, NY

This program is designed to assist producers in determining fair rental rates on their farms from collected data in surrounding farms/ counties. 

2019 Dairy Day

March 12, 2019
Cooperstown, NY

Economics and Strategies for Getting Cows Pregnant

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Herkimer location

March 12, 2019
6-8 pm
Herkimer, NY

Three locations to choose from.

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Morrisville location

March 19, 2019
6-8 pm
Morrisville, NY

Three locations to choose from.

Determining Rental Rates on the Farm~Morrisville Location

March 20, 2019
6-8 pm
Morrisville, NY

This program is designed to assist producers in determining fair rental rates on their farms from collected data in surrounding farms/ counties. 

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Madison County

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 26, 2019
1-3 pm
Morrisville, NY

Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2018 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2019.

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Norwich location

March 26, 2019
6-8 pm
Norwich, NY

Three locations to choose from.

Microenterprise Training Classes

March 26 - April 16, 2019
Fonda, NY

The Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC) and Montgomery County Soil and Water Department are administering a Montgomery County Agriculture Microenterprise Program (MCAMP) that will provide grants to eligible agricultural entrepreneurs and business owners that want to establish or expand an existing business located within Montgomery County. Agricultural microenterprises can receive grants of up to $25,000 to assist with startup or expansion costs. 

April 2019

No Events Scheduled at this Time









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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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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 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:

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 or Myron Thurston at 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