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January 2020

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Ballston Spa location

January 7, 2020
5-7 pm
Ballston Spa, NY


Three locations to choose from.

Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Cobleskill location

January 8, 2020
5-7 pm
Cobleskill, NY


Three locations to choose from.

**CANCELLED**Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop ~ Cooperstown location

January 9, 2020
5-7 pm
Cooperstown, NY


Three locations to choose from.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Otsego County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 13, 2020
1-3 pm
Cooperstown, NY


Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

**CANCELLED** Questions About the New NYS Farm Labor Laws? Chat with an Expert in Fonda

January 14, 2020
1-3 pm
Fonda, NY


Come join the CNYDLFC team and Agriculture Labor Specialists from NYS Department of Labor to get the answers you need.  

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Chenango County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 14, 2020
1-3 pm
Norwich, NY


Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Madison County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 15, 2020
1-3 pm
Morrisville, NY


Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Fulton/Montgomery Counties

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 16, 2020
1-3 pm
Fonda, NY


Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Schoharie County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 17, 2020
1-3 pm
Cobleskill, NY


Come and discuss pest management and growing season issues that affected your crops in 2019 and look ahead to changes you might make for 2020.

Field Crop Pest Management Meeting ~ Saratoga County

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 21, 2020
1-3 pm
Ballston Spa, NY


Save the date for Field Crop Pest Management Meetings!

Sheep and Goat Nutrition 101

January 21, 2020
5 pm
Cooperstown, NY


Come join us for an informational sheep and goat talk regarding nutrition. 

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Cooperstown

January 27, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Cooperstown, NY


This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Norwich

January 28, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Norwich, NY


This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Morrisville

January 29, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Morrisville, NY


This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land~ Fonda

January 30, 2020
1-3:00 pm
Fonda, NY


This workshop will be an informal discussion of what you can do to make the most of less than ideally drained fields.

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

January 31 - February 21, 2020
1-3 pm
Morrisville, NY


Hands on classes for learning and using QuickBooks for farming operations. Save accounting and bookkeeping time (and money).



February 2020

2020 Corn Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 11, 2020
10 am-3 pm
Cooperstown, NY


CNYDLFC Annual Corn Day 2020

Crop Risk Management Series for New and Beginning Farmers~Cooperstown

February 25 - March 3, 2020
6-8 pm
Cooperstown, NY


The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team is hosting a 2-part mini series designed to teach producers about the importance of managing risk on their farm enterprise.

CANCELLED! Crop Risk Management Series for New and Beginning Farmers~Morrisville

February 26 - March 4, 2020
6-8 pm
Morrisville, NY


The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team is hosting a 2-part mini series designed to teach producers about the importance of managing risk on their farm enterprise.

CANCELLED! Crop Risk Management Series for New and Beginning Farmers~Ballston Spa

February 27 - March 5, 2020
6-8 pm
Ballston Spa, NY


The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team is hosting a 2-part mini series designed to teach producers about the importance of managing risk on their farm enterprise.



March 2020

Meat Marketing Workshop ~ Morrisville

March 9, 2020
5-7:30 pm
Morrisville, NY


Join us for the Profitable Meat Marketing workshop to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs-including your TIME-and bringing in a profit. 

2020 Dairy Day

March 10, 2020
10:00am-3:30pm
Cooperstown, NY


How can YOU improve your milk price and milk income?

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.



April 2020

Agriculture Workforce Development Training Skills for Dairy Farmers English Workshop

April 14, 2020
6:30-8pm


Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers~Online Webinars

Agriculture Workforce Development Training Skills for Dairy Farmers Spanish Workshop

April 16, 2020
Noon-1:30 pm


Growing Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers~Online Webinars

Updates for Producers on the USDA COVID-19 Relief & PPP

April 23, 2020
7-8 pm


Updates for producers on the USDA Covid-19 Relief to Farmers and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Meat Marketing Workshop ~ via Zoom

April 27, 2020
6-8 pm


Join us for the Profitable Meat Marketing workshop to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs-including your TIME-and bringing in a profit. 

Stress Management and Mental Health Awareness

April 29, 2020
9am - 11am


Webinar on Stress Management offered


May 2020

USDA CFAP Program

May 27, 2020
7:00 pm



June 2020

No Events Scheduled at this Time



July 2020

Tick IPM #3: Asian Longhorned Tick IPM

July 13, 2020
11 am


The NE IPM Center is hosting a tick IP webinar series, and the next one is focused on the Asian Longhorned Tick, a pest of livestock. 


August 2020

Get Ready for Earliest Corn Silage Harvest Ever?

August 19, 2020
7pm-9pm

Virtual: Fly and Pest Control for Livestock

August 20, 2020
6pm-8pm

Virtual: Fly and Pest Control for Livestock


September 2020

Virtual: Determining Whether or Not Your Animal is Ready to Harvest

September 29, 2020
6pm - 8pm


Guest Speaker: Mackenzie Waro, Meat Buyer for Meyer Foods

As we quickly approach the fall season most of our livestock producers are eager to harvest their animals that they have been raising for the past 6 months to a year. This year there has been more of a bottle neck then previously due to the pandemic and concern of a meat shortage. There have been quite a few questions regarding how to determine if this project that was started is truly finished or needs more time on feed to get the most out of your animal. Please join us for an in depth workshop on determining if your animal is ready to be harvested or if you should keep on feed a few months longer. We will also discuss the target weight for each of the species- Lamb, goats, beef and swine. 



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: 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: 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: Beef Cattle Nutrition 101

November 24, 2020
6pm - 8pm

Virtual: Beef Cattle Nutrition 101

This program targets commercial and seedstock producers, the workshop is targeted for beginners in the beef industry. Our guest speaker is Dr. Michael Baker, PAS, PhD, and Beef Cattle Extension Specialist for Cornell University. Dr. Baker will focus on the nutrition requirements that beef cattle require from birth to finish.


December 2020

Onboarding Webinar Series

December 2 - December 16, 2020
11am - 12pm


Cornell Ag Workforce Development is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer a one-hour three-session Onboarding Webinar Series via Zoom on December 2, 9, and 16.The first days and weeks on the job set the course for a new employee. A successful onboarding program can be an essential tool to help reduce employee turnover, increase employee safety and productivity, and contribute to a farm's success.



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Upcoming Events

Pigweeds and Soybean Cyst Nematodes ID & Management Workshop

Event Offers DEC Credits

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.

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Ventilation & Heat Abatement for Dairy Cattle from Calves in Utero to Mature Cows

July 21, 2021
July 29, 2021

Reasons, Economics, & Practical Strategies

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Integrated Parasite Management for Goats & Sheep Workshop

August 17, 2021
Morrisville, NY

Includes FAMACHA Training/Certification and How to do Fecal Egg ID/Counting

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Updated Meeting Guidelines

Effective 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 Prices

by 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.

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