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January 2021

Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health

January 5 - February 16, 2021


CCE North Country Regional Ag Team, Southwest NY Dairy Livestock and Field Crops Team, South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team, and Northwest NY Dairy Livestock, and Field Crops Team are excited to offer this NEW calf care series! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 7 week series on critical calf care topics! This series will be offered every Tuesday starting January 5, 2021 at 12:30pm EST. Our last session on February 16, 2021 will be a LIVE panel discussion with several calf experts.


Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health

January 5 - February 16, 2021
12:30pm

Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health

CCE Regional Ag Teams are excited to offer this NEW calf care series! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 7 week series on critical calf care topics! This series will be offered every Tuesday starting January 5, 2021 at 12:30pm EST.

Our last session on February 16, 2021 will be a LIVE panel discussion with Dr. Fernando Soberon (Standard Nutrition Consultants), Dr. Rodrigo Molano Torres (Valacta), Dr. Laura Rath-Brown (Midstate Veterinary Services), Dr. Jen Walker (Danone North America), and a local NY dairy producer.

Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health

January 5 - February 16, 2021

2021 Virtual Corn Congress

January 6 - January 7, 2021


Registration is now closed. 


Corn Congress

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 6, 2021
10:00am - 2:00pm

Corn Congress

More Information Coming Soon! 


What Now?! Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds

January 6, 2021
12pm - 1:30pm

What Now?! Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds

Many slaughterhouses report being completely booked up for 2021. What's a livestock farmer to do? In this interactive discussion, we aim to help livestock producers regain some sense of control over how, when, and where they get their livestock processed, and how they sell meat to customers. You'll hear from Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm, who found opportunity and benefit in the midst of 2020's livestock processing crisis. You'll also hear from Heather Sandford, who will share the depth and breadth of her experience working with meat processors to help you brainstorm redundancy plans for butchering your animals. You can register for this free event here. This webinar is sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Program Work Team. 

Corn Congress

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 7, 2021
10:00am - 2:00pm

Corn Congress

More Information Coming Soon!


CORE Pesticide Training & DEC Recertification Credits

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 12, 2021
9am-10:50am


Looking for DEC credits?
Join Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, to learn about current regulations and pesticide use.
If your license expired between November 2019 and Nov. 23, 2020, you must obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew your license by February 23, 2021. If your license expires after Nov. 23, 2020, you will follow the typical DEC guidelines.  

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays Online Farm Business Education in January

January 12 - January 26, 2021
12:30pm-1:30pm


CCE ag business educators are offering short, farm financial education programs this winter! All programs are 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Each program is only $5 and includes a link to the recorded webinar if you cannot join the program live. 

Farmer's Markets - Marketing Integrity: Meeting Consumer Expectations

January 12, 2021
10am-11am

Farmer's Markets - Marketing Integrity: Meeting Consumer Expectations

Consumers support a farmers market because there is often an expectation that the product being displayed meets certain standards. During this session we'll hear from two very different markets on how meet their customer's expectations on product standards, product diversity and farm inspection. 

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools

January 12 - January 14, 2021
January 12-14, 2021 from 8pm-10pm EST

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools

This webinar series targets sheep and goat producers living in the Northeast who are interested in learning more about Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and other tools for genetic selection for economically important traits, including parasite resistance. Each session in the series builds on the previous night.

MSU Birth Management for Sheep and Goats 2021 Online

January 12 - March 2, 2021
Jan. 12th, Jan. 19th, Jan 26th, and February 2nd, 2021 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

MSU Birth Management for Sheep and Goats 2021 Online

The Michigan State University Small Ruminant Team will be hosting their annual "Birth Management for Sheep and Goats" program virtually this year. It will consist of 4 sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm. Each weekly session will last approximately 90 min and sessions will be recorded to allow future viewing. Each session will feature seminars, specialized instructional videos and question and answer sessions with an expert panel to cover a variety of topics, including nutritional management, use of ultrasound, facility design, newborn care, hypothermia treatment, grafting, vaccination protocols, mortality diagnoses, health and feeding program assessment. 

North Country Dairy Day

January 12 - January 15, 2021
12-2pm

North Country Dairy Day

Join the North Country Regional Ag Team virtually for their main dairy program. This 4 part virtual series will provide the latest information on dairy production and management, emerging trends, and local research updates. The series will take place daily on January 12th-15th  from 12-2pm. Registration is $20 for all 4 sessions. Register here

Winter Green Up 2021 - Online

January 13 - January 27, 2021
January 13th, 20th, and 27th - 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Winter Green Up 2021 - Online

Join grazing experts at the Capital District's original grazing conference! Speakers this year include Elizabeth Marks, Ed Rayburn, and Fred Provenza, covering the topics of climate change, pasture-based systems, and feeding livestock on pasture. 

CORE Pesticide Training & DEC Recertification Credits

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 14, 2021
11am-12:50pm


Looking for DEC credits?
Join Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, to learn about current regulations and pesticide use.
If your license expired between November 2019 and Nov. 23, 2020, you must obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew your license by February 23, 2021. If your license expires after Nov. 23, 2020, you will follow the typical DEC guidelines.  

Direct Marketing Beef Series - Learning Your Beef Cuts

January 14, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm


The year 2020 has maintained a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farms to meet this demand. Jean, O'Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council, will be leading a series of 3 webinars to share tips for best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. This is the first installment of the series, "Learning Your Beef Cuts"

Winter Crop Meeting 2021 - A Virtual Weekly Meeting Series (Register All Dates)

January 14 - February 4, 2021


Winter Crop Meeting 2021   A Weekly Meeting Series
Beginning Thursday January 14 - February 4     Weekly from 1pm - 2 pm

Consecutive Thursdays beginning  January 14, 
January 21*,
January 28, and
February 4  

Topics: Week 1 Crop Stress - Tips for Management;
Week 2 Soybean Cyst Nematode  & Best Practices for Management (1 DEC Credit Available);
Week 3 Corn Silage Hybrid Trials 2020 Update & Management Tips;
Week 4 Management Factors that Contribute to High Yield in Corn

$10 for a single session / $20 for access to all sessions

* 1 DEC recertification credit in 1A and 21 for January 21 session


Winter Crop Meeting 2021 - A Virtual Weekly Meeting Series (Session 1- January 14)

January 14, 2021


Winter Crop Meeting 2021   A Weekly Meeting Series
 Thursday January 14 from 1 pm - 2 pm

Consecutive Thursdays beginning January 14, 
Topics: Week 1 Crop Stress - Tips for Management; 

$10 for a single session / $20 for access to all sessions



PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course

January 15 - March 15, 2021

PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course

PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course
Held January 15 through March 15, 2021

Cornell PRO-DAIRY is offering a seven-week online Forage Management Course January 15 through March 15, 2021. Registration is $265.00 per person. A discount of $25 applies for registrations competed before January 2.


Dairy Day 2021

January 16, 2021


January 12th - Milk Quality

January 13th - Industry Sustainability

January 14th - Dairy Markets and Labor

January 15th - Calf Management


NOFA-NY 2021 Winter Conference

January 16 - January 23, 2021

NOFA-NY 2021 Winter Conference

Organic farming is rooted in health - of the soil, the farmer, and the community. And health is the foundation of resilience. The 2021 NOFA-NY conference theme, Rooted in Resilience, reflects the ability of organic systems to embrace challenges: no matter whether it's a global pandemic, unprecedented weather, a new pest, or the loss of an important market.

QuickBooks for Farmers Online Course

January 18 - February 19, 2021
Webinars take place from 1:00 -2:30pm every Friday from Jan 22 to Feb 19

QuickBooks for Farmers Online Course

Want to start the New Year right with a commitment to improving your farm recordkeeping system? Want to use financial data and reports to make better business decisions? This 5-week interactive online QuickBooks for Farmers course can help you get there. 

Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits

January 19, 2021
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits

Although "it takes money to make money" - not all expenses in your business create value. On the other hand, underinvestment in your business, cutting costs that undermine the quality of your product or market, or that are detrimental to safety, your quality of life or your values can shoot you in the foot in the long run too. Knowing how to assess where to cut expenses to enhance profitability is an art form. Join CCE Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Ag Business Educator, Nicole Tommell and NY FarmNet Business Specialist Gabe Gurley, for a one-hour program Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits. 

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Lambing and Kidding

January 19, 2021
7pm

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Lambing and Kidding

Members of the OSU Sheep Team will cover preparing for lambing/kidding season, ewe/doe and lamb/kid care before, during, after birth, managing dystocia, troubleshooting and addressing health concerns, colostrum, bottle feeding, creep feeding, castrating, tail docking, vaccinations, and allow time for Q&A.

SWNY Field Crop Series 2021

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 19 - January 21, 2021
11am-12pm


The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team will be hosting the SWNY Field Crop Series January 19th-21st.
Topics will include weeds, diseases, insects and their management in SWNY.


Basic Lambing Skills Webinar

January 20, 2021
8:30pm - 10:00pm EST

Basic Lambing Skills Webinar

Prepare for the upcoming lamb crop by learning about ewe and lamb care before, during and after parturition, during a University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Small Ruminant webinar. The session will be led by Todd Taylor, University of Wisconsin Sheep Research Program Manager of the Arlington Agricultural Research Station Sheep Unit. He will discuss lambing supplies, lambing management, and ewe and lamb care. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock PWT Presents: Insights to the Cow/Calf Enterprise

January 21, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock PWT Presents: Insights to the Cow/Calf Enterprise

Area beef producers are encouraged to register for Insights into the Cow/Calf Enterprise scheduled for Thursday January 21, 2021 from 7 to 8pm. Topics slated for discussion include the key beef business benchmarks cow/calf producers can monitor and use for decision making. Additionally, a discussion on the importance of herd vaccination protocols and programs and the relationship to a producers' bottom line. Guest speakers include Nicole Tommell, Ag Business Management Specialist with C.C.E. CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team, and Rob Lynch, DVM, Herd Health & Management Specialist, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY. 

Precision Agriculture Workshop VIRTUAL Series

January 21 - February 18, 2021


DATES/TIMES

Thursdays - January 21, February 4 & 18, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


QuickBooks for Farmers Online

January 22 - February 19, 2021

Understanding Climate Change and its Impacts on Local Agriculture

January 22, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Understanding Climate Change and its Impacts on Local Agriculture

Climate change is a complex subject affecting a wide range of people and communities. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County's (CCE Ulster) Agriculture Department often responds to calls with questions such as, "How will climate change affect my crops and livestock?" and "What can be done about it?". In response, CCE Ulster is partnering with the Cornell University Climate Smart Farming Program to bring the latest science-based research to interested residents.

Winter Crop Meeting 2021 - A Virtual Series (Session 2 - January 21)

January 22, 2021


Winter Crop Meeting 2021   A Weekly Meeting Series
Thursday, January 21 from 1pm - 2 pm


January 21*
 -   Soybean Cyst Nematode & Best Practices for Management;   Jaime Cummings, Field Crops Coordinator, NYS IPM Program 

Cummings has coordinated statewide survey efforts aimed at monitoring the expansion of SCN in NYS.  She will discuss the findings of those surveys, what it means to NY soybean producers, the importance of testing, and the best management recommendations for individual growers dealing with SCN on their farms.

* 1 DEC recertification credit in 1A and 21 for January 21 session
Anyone planning on receiving DEC credit for their participation must send a photo of their DEC license to dg576@cornell.edu and you must have your card while viewing the meeting to verify attendance/participation. 


Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle

January 26, 2021
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle

"If your business is a body, cash is the oxygen" without a constant influx of cash, no business can stay afloat, no matter how solid its starting idea or willing its market. Does your farm business have enough cash coming in, to pay your bills and cover your daily operating expenses? Can you access affordable cash, through other means to keep the business afloat during those times of the year when you don't have a crop coming in or a product to sell? Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, to learn some tips and strategies for Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle.

Helping Farmers Markets Adapt to Current Consumer Trends - Lessons Learned from the Field

January 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Helping Farmers Markets Adapt to Current Consumer Trends - Lessons Learned from the Field

In this session we will hear perspectives from farmers and vendors across NYS who participate in markets who made changes to their market operations based on recommendations in the toolkit. Join us to hear the farmers perspective on the toolkit, as well as changes that farmers can consider to increase their sales in the 2021 market season.

PPP2/ EIDL Loan Advance/ Expansion of CFAP 1

January 26, 2021

Small Scale Food Processing Workshop

January 27 - January 28, 2021

2021 Virtual Operations Managers Conference Series

January 28 - February 18, 2021
Every Thursday from 12pm-2pm


Embracing Excellence

The Operations Managers Conference Series is a four-week virtual event featuring educational topics and applicable strategies for management teams whether their focus is cows, crops, or people. Presented by PRO-DAIRY and NEDPA, this event provides the opportunity for the people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills..

Operations management on dairy farms is integral to success of the farm business. Presented by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, Operations Managers Conference provides an opportunity for the people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills.

Due to ongoing uncertainty related to the Coronavirus pandemic and anticipated strict limitations on an in-person experience, the 2021 event will be offered as a 100 percent virtual conference series. Join us for a four-week virtual event featuring educational topics and applicable strategies for management teams, whether your focus is managing cows, crops or people.



Transitioning to Supervisor Ag Workforce Course

January 28 - January 27, 2021
On Your Own Time

Transitioning to Supervisor Ag Workforce Course

Supervisors are critical to the success of farm businesses. They have a major impact both on employees' daily work experiences and on the production performance of the business. The Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results. Confident managers who thoughtfully apply leadership and management skills improve employee performance, develop teams, reduce employee turnover, and increase employee engagement. The six courses within the certificate program will offer extensive practice and engagement activities to build confidence and skill sets. More information and registration can be found here.


Winter Crop Meeting 2021 - A Virtual Series (Session 3 - January 28)

January 28, 2021


Winter Crop Meeting 2021   A Weekly Meeting Series
 Thursday, January 28 from 1pm - 2 pm

Jan 28   -   Corn Silage Hybrid Trials 2020 Update and Management Tips, Joe Lawrence Corn Silage Hybrid Trials 2020 Update and Management Tips

The Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program is a source of independent information on hybrid performance and a platform for conducting other work to better understand how to optimize the production of corn silage. Joe oversees the project with tremendous support from Margaret Smith, Tom Overton and their teams. The results of the 2020 trials will be discussed with emphasis on how 2020 growing condition's influenced both crop yield and forage quality. Forage quality was analyzed and utilized to predict how each hybrid would perform in a dairy feeding program using the Cornell CNCPS nutrition model to predict milk yield from cows fed each of the hybrid entries. A second study, comparing 4 different hybrids was designed to evaluate the growing season and equipment operation and their effect on the performance of forage harvesting equipment in consistently delivering corn silage hybrids that meet the narrow set of criteria set up by the industry for forage particle size and kernel processing. The resulting kernel processing scores and starch digestibility will be reviewed.






February 2021

Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

February 1 - March 11, 2021
7-8:30pm EST

Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

Annie's Project is a six-week online experience designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Farm women who have been in farming, agri-business, or part of the food system for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture are invited to join this online series.

Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

February 1 - March 11, 2021

CCE Broome County Presents: Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

February 1 - March 11, 2021
7-8:30 pm


Are you a woman engaged in farming in NYS? Would you like to learn and network with other farm women, and learn how to strengthen your farming operation? Join Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Allegany, Broome, Oneida, Steuben, and Seneca counties, along with the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops team, for our first virtual Annie's Project this winter! 

Agricultural Exemptions for NYS Farmers

February 2, 2021
7pm

Agricultural Exemptions for NYS Farmers

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County in partnership with Farmland for the New Generation New York will present a workshop on Agricultural Exemptions for NYS Farmers. On February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. come and learn about a variety of agricultural tax abatement and incentive programs available to you!

Marketing Your Farm Products 101

February 2 - February 23, 2021


Do you have a good idea or have a product you are struggling to launch?   


Virtual Beef Spokesperson Development Series

February 2 - February 23, 2021
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Virtual Beef Spokesperson Development Series

Throughout the month of February a series of weekly webinars will assist participants in developing their knowledge and confidence in advocating for beef. Beef Farmers, Industry Representatives, or Youth over 16 years old interested in gaining new skills and confidence in promoting beef are invited to attend.

Women in Livestock Business: Marketing for Profit

February 2 - February 4, 2021
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Women in Livestock Business: Marketing for Profit

Want to fine-tune your marketing and financial management skills and build a more resilient livestock farm business? Join us for three afternoons in February to learn, network, and share ideas with regional specialists and fellow women livestock farmers. This conference is intended for New England women livestock producers of all experience levels. Breaks and opportunities to network will be provided throughout the day and sessions will be recorded and shared. This is all for free, all you have to do is register.

Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course

February 3 - March 24, 2021
Self-Paced Course

Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course

Interested in running a meat goat operation? The Penn State Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course, is for goat producers interested in improving their production practices and ultimately the profitability of their operation. This is a home study course with an additional offering of three optional supplemental webinars to review materials.

Onboarding and Training Farm Employees with Google Classroom

February 3, 2021
11am - 11:30am


Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and CCE are offering a 30 minute training on using Google Classroom to onboard and train farm employees at 11am on February 3rd. This training is free, but registration is required. Setting up a Google Classroom is easy to do, free, and will streamline and standardize your onboarding process - making it a positive and efficient experience for everyone involved. 

VAPG Training Course

February 3 - March 3, 2021

Winter Crop Meeting 2021 - A Virtual Weekly Series (Session 4 - February 4)

February 4, 2021


Winter Crop Meeting 2021   A Weekly Meeting Series
Thursday, February 4 from 1 pm - 2 pm

Feb 4 - Management Factors that Contribute to High Yield in Corn Production, Martin Battaglia

Management Factors that Contribute to High Yield in Corn A number of crop management practices and inputs are reported to increase corn (Zea mays L.) yields, but most research to date has evaluated single practices and not their combined effect. To assess this combined effect, five trials were conducted in Virginia from 2012-2014.  Treatments consisted of the Standard and Management Intensification (MI) practices. Single factors were either added (to Standard) or removed (from MI) for each treatment. The lessons learned from this study will be presented. 



Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools

February 9 - February 11, 2021
February 9-11, 2021 from 8pm - 10pm EST

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools

This webinar series targets sheep and goat producers living in the Northeast who are interested in learning more about Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and other tools for genetic selection for economically important traits, including parasite resistance. Each session in the series builds on the previous night.

NY Dairy LEP Update

February 9, 2021
11am - 12:30pm

NY Dairy LEP Update

in collaboration with NY OSHA staff and the NY Dairy OSHA Workgroup
OSHA Presenters
• Nick Donofrio, Compliance Assistance Officer Region 2
• Mike Scime, Area Director Buffalo
• Jeff Prebish, Area Director Syracuse
Agenda
• Review of the OSHA Dairy LEP and The Dairy Dozen
• Overview of OSHA findings/violations on dairy farms
• Discussion of confined space hazards and precautions
• NYS Onsite Consultation Service: How can this help your farm?
• Explain OSHA's ability to "expand" an inspection
• What happens after an inspection: report, abatement, rights and responsibilities
Register

Practical Soil Health - A 4-week Meeting Series - Session 1

February 9, 2021

Practical Soil Health Series

February 9 - March 2, 2021


Practical soil health (1 of 4): Cover crop management and termination

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

John Wallace, Penn State weed specialist, and Mike Hunter, NNY CCE team agronomist, will discuss residual herbicides used in corn and soybean production and their impact on fall seeded cover crops as well as herbicide selection to terminate spring cover crops.

NYSDEC credits 1.0 CCA credits 1.5 PM

Registration is REQUIRED to be eligible for credits!

Register https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/cover_230 

 Practical soil health (2 of 4): Compaction management

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Warren Schneckenberger, crop farmer from Ontario, Canada will discuss sources of compaction in field crop production, technologies and practices that can reduce compaction.

CCA credits TBD you MUST register to be eligible for credits!

Fee $10

Register https://ncrat.cce.cornell.edu/event_preregistration_new.php?id=1440

Practical soil health (3 of 4): No-till planter and discussion of its components

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

The components of a no till planter are discussed in this video. To be followed by a Q/A session including CCE staff and no-till farmers.

CCA credits available you MUST register to be eligible for credits!

Register https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/notill_230

Practical soil health (4 of 4): Soil Health Practices in Dairy Systems

  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

This video seminar features a farmer panel who share their experiences adopting reduced and no-till cover crops. Changes in practices and adaptations for improvement are described. Panelists share the detail of practices used such as interseeding, seeding mixes, and tillage. Benefits include reduction is soil compaction and improved infiltration.

Panelists include Forrest Watson of Mulligan Farm in Livingston County, Ryan Akin of Hemdale Farms in Ontario County and Jason Burroughs of Aurora Ridge Dairy in Cayuga County. The panel is moderated by Janice Degni, Cornell Cooperative Extension Field Crops Specialist from the South-Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Program.

CCA credits available you MUST register to be eligible for credits!

Fee $10

Register https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pc-itqjwvHdBUWcplSaTc5WFjb9UH6Gqj

 


2021 Virtual Soybean and Small Grains Congress

February 10 - February 11, 2021


Registration is Now Closed. 


Farmer's Markets - Identifying and Overcoming Consumer Obstacles

February 10, 2021
10am-11am

Farmer's Markets - Identifying and Overcoming Consumer Obstacles

The toolkit identified obstacles to customers and proposed some potential solutions. This session will highlight both an urban and rural farmers market and initiatives that they implemented. We'll learn how they designed programs and services to meet the needs of their customers to encourage continued shopping.

RESCHEDULED- PPP2/ EIDL Loan Advance/ Expansion of CFAP 1

February 10, 2021

Soybean & Small Grains Congress

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 10, 2021
8:30a.m Registration. Program 10:00am - 3:30pm
Batavia, NY

Soybean & Small Grains Congress

Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team for the annual Soybean & Small Grains Congress to be held tentatively at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY.

Direct Marketing Beef Series - Marketing and Cooking Underutilized Cuts

February 11, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm


The year 2020 has maintained a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farms to meet this demand. Jean, O'Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council, will be leading a series of 3 webinars to share tips for best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. This is the second installment of the series, "Marketing and Cooking Underutilized Cuts".


Soybean/Small Grains Congress

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 11, 2021
8:30am Registration. Program 10:00am - 3:30pm
Waterloo, NY

Soybean/Small Grains Congress

Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team for the annual Soybean & Small Grains Congress to be held tentatively at the Quality Inn, 2468 Route 414, Waterloo NY.

Stocker Cattle: Tips to Entering and Navigating the "Mid-Way" of Beef Production

February 11, 2021
7pm - 8:30pm

Stocker Cattle: Tips to Entering and Navigating the

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Livestock Program Work Team ( LPWT ) is pleased to announce the second in a series of beef production virtual learning opportunities: Introduction to Stocker Cattle. Stocker cattle are typically light weight calves, either heifers or steers, that are successfully weaned and available to enter the beef production phase with the main objective of adding body weight efficiently and economically prior to the finishing phase. Many regions of New York are well suited for stocker cattle during our grazing season allowing producers to make use of lush pastures or underutilized acreage. Beef producers interested in learning more about stocker cattle are encouraged to register for the virtual program. Guest presenters include Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, Dr. Mike Baker and Jason Detzel, C.C.E. of Ulster Co. Livestock Educator and beef producer with first hand knowledge and experiences with stocker cattle.

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Small Ruminant Nutrition

February 16, 2021
7pm

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Small Ruminant Nutrition

Members of the OSU Sheep Team will address the importance of providing adequate protein, carbohydrates, and minerals in the forms of processed grains, hay, grazed pasture, minerals, and supplements to your flock/herd. Q&A included.

Practical Soil Health - A 4-week Meeting Series - Session 2

February 16, 2021

Practical Soil Health Series, Part 2 of 4 - Compaction Management

February 16, 2021

Raising Pigs for Market

February 16, 2021
6pm - 8pm

Raising Pigs for Market

Interested in learning how to raise pigs to fill your family's freezer or to sell for a profit? Join Nichole Anderson from Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County and Catskill Cattle Company, Tina James from Minerdale Farm, and Jason Detzel Livestock Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County, as we cover all the basics of raising pigs to fill the freezer. This workshop will help you get started, improve your game plan if you are already raising pigs, answer any questions you may have and provide you with many useful resources. 

Dairy Manager Discussion Group Winter Series

February 17 - March 17, 2021

Dairy Manager Discussion Group Winter Series

February 17 - March 17, 2021


Dairy Manager Discussion Group Winter Series

Calling Dairy Managers and Dairy Owners in the NWNY and SCNY region!

This FREE program will be held virtually, over Zoom, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home or office.  These group meetings will give managers a chance to network with each other and experts while discussing some of the industry's newest topics and pressing issues.


2021 Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School (ONLINE)

February 18 - February 25, 2021

Beginning Livestock Series: Swine (Pigs)

February 18, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Beginning Livestock Series: Swine (Pigs)

There has been a continued interest in pastured and woodlot pig rearing in the last few years. This class will review best management practices for raising pigs, and discuss some of the ways that producers can integrate pigs into their current production system or design a new system that suits their specific needs and resources. Registration closes on February 16.


Seventh Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School (ONLINE)

February 18 - February 25, 2021


Grain Storage Management
Heritage Corn and Heritage & Ancient Small Grain Varieties

Times:
February 18, 2021 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 noon & 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
February 25, 2021- 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon & 1:00 PM - 2:40 PM


Practical Soil Health - A 4-week Meeting Series - Session 3

February 23, 2021

2021 Corn Day

February 24, 2021


Do you have a good idea or have a product you are struggling to launch?   


25th Annual Crop Congress

February 24 - February 26, 2021

Beginning a Livestock Farm Series

February 24 - March 10, 2021


There are many aspects to consider when starting a livestock farm, such as what to sell, how to sell it, and recordkeeping. Cornell Cooperative Extension's Specialists Nancy Glazier and Joan Sinclair Petzen are offering a beginning farmer educational series via Zoom.


Dairy Forward Grant Informational Webinar

February 24, 2021

Dairy Forward Grant Webinar

February 24, 2021
12pm - 12:30pm

Dairy Forward Grant Webinar

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 with planning for the future. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Dairy Forward Grant Webinar on 2/24/21

February 24, 2021

Starting a Livestock Farm Workshop Series

February 24 - March 10, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Starting a Livestock Farm Workshop Series

There are many aspects to consider when starting a livestock farm, such as land, what to sell, and how to sell it. Cornell Cooperative Extension's Specialists Nancy Glazier and Joan Sinclair Petzen are offering a beginning farmer educational series via Zoom beginning 7:00-8:30 pm February 24. The two sessions will cover resource assessment, business planning, basic bookkeeping, and budgeting. Time will be available each evening for discussion. Follow-up sessions will be held biweekly if enough interest. The goal of the workshops is to provide livestock farms the right tools to get started.

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - Early Season Pasture Weed Management

February 25, 2021
6:30pm-8pm

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - Early Season Pasture Weed Management

Join Josh for a discussion on early season identification and management of common pesky and potentially toxic pasture weeds in SWNY
**1.5 DEC Credits approved in Categories 1a, 10, & 21; Have your spray license available for the class if you'd like to receive credits**



March 2021

Forage Production Series

March 2 - March 16, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm March 2, 4, 9, 11, & 16

Forage Production Series

This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program

March 2 - April 6, 2021


CCE SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops and SCNY Dairy and Field Crops teams are excited to offer a grazing series with an emphasis on dairy herds, but all grazers are welcome! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 6 week series on unique topics around grazing.


Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program

March 2 - April 6, 2021
12pm


CCE SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops and SCNY Dairy and Field Crops teams are excited to offer a grazing series with an emphasis on dairy herds, but all grazers are welcome! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 6 week series on unique topics around grazing.
This series will be offered every Tuesday starting March 2, 2021 at Noon EST.
Our last session on April 6, 2021 will be a panel discussion at 7pm with our series presenters. Presenters will include Betsy Hicks, Alycia Drwencke, and Mary-Kate MacKenzie with CCE, Troy Bishop, Upper Susquehanna Coalition Regional Grassland Conservation Professional, Sam Corcoran with UMass Extension, Jeff Wheeler and Dr. George Dawson with Diamond V, and Don Burkhard.

Practical Soil Health - A 4-week Meeting Series - Session 4

March 2, 2021

Navigating Grants for Urban Agriculture in New York State Webinar

March 3, 2021
12pm - 1:30pm

Navigating Grants for Urban Agriculture in New York State Webinar

A free webinar on Navigating Grants for Urban Agriculture in New York State is set for March 3. Learn from federal, state and non-profit grant making experts on the steps to apply for competitive funding opportunities in urban agriculture projects. Topics will include navigating grant websites, writing tips and examples of successful grant applications.

Soybean and Small Grain Summit

March 3, 2021


Do you have a good idea or have a product you are struggling to launch?   


2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - All About Frost Seeding

March 4, 2021
6:30pm-7:30pm

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - All About Frost Seeding

Frost seeding can improve pastures. Josh will be discussing why, when, and how to frost seed, including seed types and volumes, establishment areas, cropping decisions, and fertility considerations.

2021 Winter Lunchtime Grazing Series

March 4 - April 29, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

2021 Winter Lunchtime Grazing Series

Join Rich Toebe of CCE Delaware for a series of lunchtime pasture management talks. These free meetings will cover basic pasture management topics for both the beginning and advanced grazier. Each session starts with a short presentation, followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion.

Getting Started with Chickens

March 4, 2021
6pm - 8pm

Getting Started with Chickens

Are you new to raising chickens? Learn how to select, house, and care for small flocks of chickens. In this class, you will get an overview of how to navigate your town's rules and regulations for backyard chicken flocks, how to get started with egg layers or broilers (meat birds), and how to choose the bird that is right for you. We will also cover portable chicken coops and protecting your birds from weather and predators. Whether you're interested in raising a few chickens in your backyard or starting your own chicken-based enterprise, this class will cover it all.

USDA Resources for Beginning Farmers in New York State

March 4 - February 4, 2021
12pm - 2pm

USDA Resources for Beginning Farmers in New York State

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Beginning Farmer Team in New York will offer a free webinar on USDA Resources for Beginning Farmers in New York State on March 4th from 12 - 2 pm.

USDA Resources for Beginning Farmers in NY / Understanding Eligibility Requirements for NRCS and FSA Programs

March 4 - March 24, 2021

"Silvopasturing as a Strategy to Enhance Grazing Systems in New England"

March 9, 2021
7pm - 8pm


Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation's (MFBF's) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee is sponsoring a webinar on March 9 at 7 p.m. covering silvopasturing as a strategy to enhance grazing systems in New England. Speaker, Brett, Chedzoy, will share personal experiences on how silvopasturing has benefited family ranching operations in western New York and central Argentina to improve the land and welfare of their livestock, while also improving the bottom line.

2021 Central NY Dairy Day

March 9 - March 11, 2021


Do you have a good idea or have a product you are struggling to launch?   


March Madness Management Series for Equine Owners, Operators, and Enthusiasts

March 9 - March 25, 2021

Virtual Steuben County Crop Symposium 2021

March 9, 2021
9:30am-12pm


Join Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, and CCE Steuben's Agriculture Educator, Ariel Kirk, for a virtual edition of this year's pesticide recertification course.

Palmer amaranth is one of the most problematic weed species in the United States. Its biology and ability to become resistant to multiple classes of herbicides make this weed very difficult to control. We will discuss biology, identification methods, closely related species, and management tools for this newly found weed species in Southwest New York. In addition, we will discuss research being conducted at Cornell University on weeds like marestail and waterhemp.

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - Designing Your Grazing System for 2021 and Beyond

March 11, 2021
6:30pm-7:30pm

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - Designing Your Grazing System for 2021 and Beyond

In this class, Amy will explore the facets of developing a grazing plan including considerations surrounding field conditions, pasture species, livestock species, grazing intensity, watering systems, and fencing considerations. 

Beginner Hay and Pasture School

March 11, 2021

Beginner Hay and Pasture School

March 11, 2021
7-9pm

Beginner Hay and Pasture School

Join the North Country Regional Ag Team as they share information on forage crop management, specifically hay and pastures. Topics covered will include: Nutritional Forage Quality Goals, Forage Sampling & Interpreting Forage Analysis, Basics of Grazing & Hay Making, and Pasture & Hay Field Renovation, Reclaiming Old Fields.

Crop Protection Workshop

March 11, 2021

Direct Marketing Beef Series - Adding Value to Your Marketing Display

March 11, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm


The year 2020 has maintained a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farms to meet this demand. Jean, O'Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council, will be leading a series of 3 webinars to share tips for best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. This is the second installment of the series, "Adding Value to Your Marketing Display".

New England Dairy Nutrition Conference (Virtual)

March 11, 2021

Virtual Forage Congress 2021

March 11, 2021

Reproductive Management Online Courses

March 12 - April 30, 2021


Taught in English and Spanish

Course Summary

This course will provide students with fundamental knowledge to understand and manage an effective dairy reproductive program. Cornell University faculty and PRO-DAIRY staff will cover key topics, including Anatomy and Physiology, Synchronization Protocols, Breeding Strategies, A.I. Techniques, Monitoring Reproductive Programs, and Heifer Reproduction Management.

Two courses are offered, covering the same content. One will be taught exclusively in English and one will be taught exclusively in Spanish.





Empire Sheep Producers Association 2021 Annual Meeting

March 15, 2021
6:00pm


Empire Sheep Producers Association 2021 Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday March 15, 2021, beginning at 6 pm. All ESPA members, other sheep producers, and people affiliated with NYS's sheep industry are invited to attend. Speakers include Heather Pearce, a wool production and specialty markets consultant for the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), and Dana Havas, Agriculture Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County. Heather will talk about wool marketing and managing your flock for quality wool; and will offer updates from ASI on services available to members and issues that the organization is addressing. Dana will speak about the new Cornell Program Work Team (PWT) for animal fiber, which is developing programming and educational opportunities, and identifying areas of research, that will improve the welfare of the NYS animal fiber community and its stakeholders. Thonney and tatiana Stanton from Cornell University sheep program will provide updates, as well.

FARM DISASTER PREPARATION CERTIFICATE TRAINING

March 16 - March 18, 2021
6:30pm - 9:00pm

FARM DISASTER PREPARATION CERTIFICATE TRAINING

CCE will host a Farm Disaster Preparation program to help farm owners plan for and manage disasters that might occur. This program focuses on practical pre-disaster education and preparedness, regarding farm equipment safety on the road, fire or structure collapse, storm and wind damage, criminal activity, farm chemical risks and biosecurity. Farms that complete the Farm Disaster Preparation training will receive a certificate to provide to their insurer and may be eligible for a credit or discount toward the farm's annual insurance premium. The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances but can be up to a 10 percent discount.

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Weaning, Sorting, and Selling Lambs, Kids, Spent Stock

March 16, 2021
7:00pm

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Weaning, Sorting, and Selling Lambs, Kids, Spent Stock

Members of the OSU Sheep Team will offer strategies for weaning lambs/kids and preparing them for joining the breeding flock or entering the meat processing chain. Also included will be examples of marketing strategies and determining what to do with ewes/does and rams/bucks that are no longer meeting breeding needs of the flock/herd.

MU Sembrador Huerta Familiar Sostenible

March 17 - June 19, 2021
7:30 - 9:00 PM EST

MU Sembrador Huerta Familiar Sostenible

The webinar series will be delivered in Spanish using the Zoom platform. The series will cover topics related to sustainable vegetable gardening, soil fertility, pest management, health & nutrition benefits of gardening, vegetable preservation, leadership & community integration, and considerations/challenges of transitioning to commercial production.
 
El seminario en línea se impartirá en español utilizando la plataforma Zoom. El seminario cubrirá temas ralacionados al cultivo sostenible de vegetales en huertas, fertiliad de suelos, manejo de pestes, beneficios nutricionales y a la salud, preservación de vegetales, liderazgo e integración comunitaria, y consideraciones/desafíos de la transición a la producción comercial.  

MU Sembrador Huerta Familiar Sostenible

March 17 - June 9, 2021


The webinar series will be delivered in Spanish using the Zoom platform. The series will cover topics related to sustainable vegetable gardening, soil fertility, pest management, health & nutrition benefits of gardening, vegetable preservation, leadership & community integration, and considerations/challenges of transitioning to commercial production. 
El seminario en línea se impartirá en español utilizando la plataforma Zoom. El seminario cubrirá temas ralacionados al cultivo sostenible de vegetales en huertas, fertiliad de suelos, manejo de pestes, beneficios nutricionales y a la salud, preservación de vegetales, liderazgo e integración comunitaria, y consideraciones/desafíos de la transición a la producción comercial.  


Pesticide Applicator Training - Virtual Workshop

March 17, 2021

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - Rotational Grazing Management

March 18, 2021
6:30pm-7:30pm

2021 Spring Pasture Management Classes - Rotational Grazing Management

Join Amy for tips on how to build a grazing calendar from the bottom up. Learn about stocking densities, rest times, measuring forage availability, and how to keep paddocks healthy and productive.

Advanced Hay and Pasture School

March 18, 2021

Advanced Hay and Pasture School

March 18, 2021
7-9pm

Advanced Hay and Pasture School

Join the North Country Regional Ag Team as they share information on forage crop management, specifically hay and pastures. 

Topics covered will include:
  • 2020 Drought
  • Buying and Selling Hay
  • Pasture/Land Rental/Custom Rates

Bottle Lambs & Kids

March 21, 2021

DEC Pre-Exam Training - CCE Orleans Co.

March 22 - March 31, 2021


Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension & NYS DEC are proud to offer a Pre-Exam Training and Test to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator. 

Agriculture Specialists Mike Stanyard from the NWNY Team and Janet van Zoeren of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program will review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the Pesticide Applicator exam. This is not a 30-hour course. No DEC recertification credits.


DEC Pre-Exam Training - CCE Wayne Co.

March 22 - March 31, 2021


Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Extension & NYS DEC are proud to offer a Pre-Exam Training and Test to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator. 

Agriculture Specialists Mike Stanyard from the NWNY Team and Janet van Zoeren of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program will review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the Pesticide Applicator exam. This is not a 30-hour course. No DEC recertification credits.


DEC Pre-Exam Training - CCE Wyoming Co.

March 22 - March 31, 2021


Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension & NYS DEC are proud to offer a Pre-Exam Training and Test to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator. 

Agriculture Specialists Mike Stanyard from the NWNY Team and Janet van Zoeren of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program will review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the Pesticide Applicator exam. This is not a 30-hour course. No DEC recertification credits.


7th Annual I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course

March 23, 2021
11am - 4pm EST

7th Annual I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course

The I-29 Moo University Collaboration will host the 7th annual Dairy Beef Short Course online, March 23rd. The presenters will provide insight into factors influencing dairy beef performance as well as an outlook for the future of production. Topics include nutrition & implants, employee influence on cattle performance, understanding what influences your return on investment, and consumer trends to optimize market opportunities. 

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

March 23, 2021
1pm - 4pm

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York? This online program will cover the basics of who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and important information to know for the test. We will incorporate interactive practice questions and activities within the program to test participant knowledge in preparation for the exam.

Calves 101: Starting them Right

March 24, 2021

Calves 101: Starting them Right

March 24, 2021

Flock Talks: Brooding and Rearing Basics: Backyard Laying Hens for Beginners

March 24, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm and 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Flock Talks: Brooding and Rearing Basics: Backyard Laying Hens for Beginners

Join CCE specialists, Cornell faculty, and industry experts as they discuss timely poultry topics inspired by community requests, ranging from beginning to advanced content. Meetings will be hosted on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 12pm - 1pm and from 7pm - 8pm. A short presentation will be shared, followed by ample time for questions and discussion. The talks are free to attend, and pre-registration is required. This month's talk is Brooding and Rearing Basics: Backyard Laying Hens for Beginners.

Understanding Eligibility Requirements for NRCS and FSA Programs

March 24, 2021
12pm - 1pm

Understanding Eligibility Requirements for NRCS and FSA Programs

A free, open conversation with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff about how to get started with USDA. Including understanding and navigating the eligibility requirements and paperwork involved in applying for FSA and NRCS programs and loans.

Dairy & Field Crop Digest Advertising

March 25 - December 31, 2021

Developing Your Small Scale Swine Enterprise

March 29, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Developing Your Small Scale Swine Enterprise

This webinar was designed for small-scale pig producers who are looking to expand their swine enterprise to become more efficient and sustainable in their production of pigs and the marketing of pork products. This free webinar will introduce growers to the most common swine production systems, how to match your current resources to your goals, and we will review basic worksheets that can help farmers to plan for any growth or changes in the future. We will review farrow to finish, feeder to farrow, and feeder to finish operations.

Renewable Energy Leasing on Agricultural Lands

March 29, 2021
6:30pm

Renewable Energy Leasing on Agricultural Lands

Join CCE Broom for a municipal training where they will discuss the impacts of solar and wind leasing on agricultural land, as well as planning and zoning considerations to make a community more ag-friendly. This event is open to legislative boards, planning boards, zoning board of appeals, planning & zoning staff, municipal engineers, code enforcements officers, municipal attorneys, and others who are interested in learning more on this topic. Speakers include Nicholas Cortese of Coughlin and Gerhart, Jeffery Kehoe of NYS Department of Ag and Markets, and Elizabeth Wolters of the NYS Farm Bureau.

Renewable Energy Leasing on Agricultural Lands

March 29, 2021

Make your Calving Season Work for You

March 30, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Make your Calving Season Work for You

Having a predictable calving season or seasons makes many of our management tasks more defined and
more easily managed. These two workshops will help explain how to figure out what times of the year
makes the most sense to calve in for you and how to make the transition to a controlled breeding season.
The second presentation in this series will be a series of tips to make sure that both cow and bull are ready
to breed to help keep your seasons on schedule. Finally, bull selection is critical, and we'll help you know
how to go about buying a bull that will perform and is well worth the money you pay for it. 

Bottle Lambs & Kids

March 31, 2021

Cutting Meat in a Commercial Kitchen: 20-C Licenses and Selling Cuts of Meat from Your Farm

March 31, 2021
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Cutting Meat in a Commercial Kitchen: 20-C Licenses and Selling Cuts of Meat from Your Farm

Curious about what it takes to have red meat slaughtered USDA and then cut in a 20-C kitchen to sell as individual retail cuts? Join this free webinar where experts discuss logistics, economics, how to book a USDA slaughter appointment, safe carcass transport, where to get meat cutting experience, and whether or not this is the right option for you and your farm. 

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty

March 31, 2021

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty

March 31, 2021



April 2021

Farm Energy Day: High Efficiency Lighting

April 1, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Farm Energy Day: High Efficiency Lighting

With the wholesale rollout of Light Emitting Diode (LED) systems, lighting technology has been dramatically changing in recent years. Have you been wondering if these systems are always an improvement for farms? If so the Farm Energy Day: High Efficiency Lighting webinar is for you! Join Penn State's Energy Extension Team as they take a look at how lighting efficiency is measured, and how farms can improve their lighting efficiency by choosing the right systems and operating them in an efficient manner. They'll also discuss funding opportunities that can help reduce the cost of energy-efficient upgrades to farm lighting.

2021 Virtual Herd Health and Nutrition Conference

April 5 - April 6, 2021
12pm - 3pm EDT


The Herd Health and Nutrition Conference is a two-day virtual event for agriservice personnel, feed industry representatives, veterinarians, and dairy producers, featuring educational topics related to current herd health and nutrition management techniques.

Presented by PRO-DAIRY and NEAFA


Preparations for the Breeding Season & How to Buy a Bull that Works for You

April 6, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Preparations for the Breeding Season & How to Buy a Bull that Works for You

Having a predictable calving season or seasons makes many of our management tasks more defined and
more easily managed. These two workshops will help explain how to figure out what times of the year
makes the most sense to calve in for you and how to make the transition to a controlled breeding season.
The second presentation in this series will be a series of tips to make sure that both cow and bull are ready
to breed to help keep your seasons on schedule. Finally, bull selection is critical, and we'll help you know
how to go about buying a bull that will perform and is well worth the money you pay for it. 

Marketing Your Meat Products Webinar

April 7, 2021

Marketing Your Meat Products Webinar

April 7, 2021

Considerations in Finishing Beef

April 8, 2021

Cornell Livestock Program Work Team Webinar on Beef Finishing Programs

April 8, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cornell Livestock Program Work Team Webinar on Beef Finishing Programs

This free webinar will share information to solidify the important connections between feeding management strategies and achieving targeted finishing weights in beef cattle. Topics including feeding and nutritional needs; exploring alternative feed options; feed management effects on carcass quality and finish; carcass quality; and the importance of handling prior to harvesting. 

Getting Started with Sheep and Goats

April 8, 2021
6pm - 8pm

Getting Started with Sheep and Goats

Sheep and goats can provide meat, fiber, and friends! They are great for clearing brush from your backyard and making value-added products, too. This class will cover all the basics to get your small ruminant operation off the ground.

From Pips to Peeps: Virtual Hatchery School

April 10 - April 24, 2021
11am - 2pm

From Pips to Peeps: Virtual Hatchery School

Join Penn State Poultry Extension Specialist, Emily Shoop, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist, Amy Barkley, for From Pips to Peeps: Hatchery School! Learn about developing a small-scale breeding and hatching program through a series of three virtual lectures and laboratories on topics including the basics of breeding flocks, incubation, and insight into hatch rates and resulting chick quality.

Digital Agri-Marketing

April 12 - May 10, 2021


How Technology can Boost Agricultural Sales


Feeding Cows with $5 Corn and $450 Soybean Meal

April 12, 2021
Noon (Central Time)


Our next monthly webinar will take place on Monday, April 12 at noon (Central time). Mike Hutjens from the University of Illinois will present "Feeding cows with $5 corn and $450 soybean meal."

Feed costs per pound of dry matter are rising as corn and soybean meal prices climb, squeezing farmers' profit margins. Strategies to improve ration economics while maintaining milk yield will be discussed. Options include adjusting the level of starch and protein fed or looking at alternative ingredients. 

The webinar is sponsored by Kuhn.


Farm Business Education in April 2021; Online Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

April 13 - April 27, 2021

Online Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

April 13 - April 27, 2021

Beef Quality Assurance Virtual Classroom Training

April 14, 2021

Beef Quality Assurance Virtual Classroom Training

April 14, 2021

NY Beef Quality Assurance Virtual Classroom Training

April 14, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm

NY Beef Quality Assurance Virtual Classroom Training

Join Nancy Glazier with Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Team for the classroom portion of the Beef Quality Assurance training Wednesday, April 14 from 7-8:30 pm via Zoom. Topics covered include safe handling and use of health care products, safe animal handling, animal welfare and record keeping. Producers will become Level 1 certified with the completion of the class along with submission of required paperwork.

Raising Pigs: From Piglet to Pork Chop

April 21, 2021

Raising Pigs: From Piglet to Pork Chop

April 21, 2021

Small Ruminant Parasite Control

April 22, 2021
6pm - 8pm

Small Ruminant Parasite Control

Parasites are the most important limiting factor in small ruminant flocks. Learn how to monitor, treat and prevent parasites in your flock. In this online class, we will discuss the lifecycle and biology of parasites affecting small ruminants and demonstrate how to perform fecal sampling to obtain egg counts. Fecal sampling is a simple procedure you can do at home to approximate the parasite load your sheep or goats are carrying. Parasitic egg counts help you to make decisions on the effectiveness of your deworming program. We will also review the 5-point check for small ruminant health including an overview of FAMACHA and how it can help you to monitor and treat your sheep and goats. 

CCE Flock Talks - Brooding and Rearing Basics: Raising Chickens for Meat

April 28, 2021
12pm - 1pm and 7:00pm - 8:00pm

CCE Flock Talks - Brooding and Rearing Basics: Raising Chickens for Meat

Join CCE Allegany Livestock Educator, Lynn Bliven, in a discussion about meat chicken breeds, housing, care, and processing options. This free "Flock Talk" is sponsored by the CCE Livestock Program Work Team and will be held from 12-1 pm and repeated from 7-8 pm on Wednesday, April 28th.

Milk Quality Online Course

April 30 - June 19, 2021


Course Summary

The Milk Quality Online Course will cover basic milk parlor and mastitis management principles lead by the Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS). It is intended for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) seeking to increase their knowledge of milk quality management.





Milk Quality Online Course

April 30 - June 18, 2021



May 2021

Pricing Your Meat Products Webinar

May 5, 2021

Chicken Health Symposium

May 6, 2021
6pm - 8pm

Chicken Health Symposium

Now that you've got your flock, make sure you know how to prevent and treat bumblefoot, mites, coccidiosis, and pullorum! These are just a few of the disorders that can infect your poultry flock. In this symposium, we will review best practices for preventing and treating your chickens so they can be as healthy and productive as possible. Discussions will be centered around holistic chicken health including vaccinations, disease prevention and treatment, predator control issues, and biosecurity measures. This 2-hour webinar is a continuation of our beginning poultry series and will introduce more advanced topics that will help you keep your poultry happy and healthy. 

Farm Business Foundations - Quick, Useful and Free!

May 6 - May 27, 2021


Cornell Cooperative Extension's Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) invites farm managers and aspiring farmers to learn more about Farm Business Management through an interactive webinar series. "Farm Business Foundations" will be presented on Thursdays in May from 7pm - 8pm via Zoom webinar. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required by visiting tinyurl.com/farmbiz.

So, You Want to Start a Farm?: Thursday, May 6th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics include the basics of starting a farm business, an outline of who's who, an introduction to available resources, and a discussion on "is farming right for you?".

Farm Business Planning for Beginners: Thursday, May 13th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics Include farm management, marketing and regulations, insurance, and SWOT analysis. 

Analyzing Farm Enterprises: Thursday, May 20th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics include "Hops, Hogs, and Honey - Oh My!", market analysis, evaluating assets, and farm diversification.

Farm Financial Management Basics: Thursday, May 27th, 7pm - 8pm. Topics include record keeping methods, common financial statements, and tax considerations.

While webinars are free, registration is required by visiting tinyurl.com/farmbizor calling 716-640-0522. If you're not able to make it live, register anyway and you'll receive a workshop recording. Zoom capabilities are required.

Farm Business Foundations is a virtual workshop series for beginning and transitioning farmers presented by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program. Funding for this project provided by the State of New York, American Farmland Trust, and the Cornell University New York Dairy and Livestock Risk Management Education Project. FSA Borrower Credits Pending.


Sheep Genetics USA: Improving Genetic Tools to Enhance Profitability

May 11, 2021

Managing and Abating Heat Stress on your Dairy in 2021

May 12, 2021
1-2pm

Managing and Abating Heat Stress on your Dairy in 2021

Understanding recent research on heat stress and what it means for your dairy herd

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
1-2pm
Via Phone or Zoom

To participate for FREE please register at
www.tinyurl.com/HeatStress21

For questions contact
Alycia Drwencke - amd453@cornell.edu or 517-416-0386

Farm Business Foundations: Farm Business Planning for Beginners

May 13, 2021

Basic Dairy Nutrition Online Course

May 14 - June 23, 2021


Presented as a partnership of Cornell University and Miner Institute, this Basic Dairy Nutrition Shortcourse will cover basic principles of dairy cattle nutrition and their application within dairy herd management. It is designed primarily for beginning nutritionists and allied industry professionals seeking a more comprehensive foundation or a refresher in dairy cattle nutrition.
This program has been taught in-person every other year at Miner Institute since 1997 and in 2021, we are offering this course for the first time in an online, virtual format with weekly opportunities for live interaction with speakers. 

Farm Business Foundations: Analyzing Farm Enterprises

May 20, 2021

2021 Virtual Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium

May 25 - May 27, 2021
11am - 2pm


Join us for a three-day virtual symposium covering dairy cattle welfare from the beginning to the end. Bringing together dairy farmers, veterinarians, consultants, universities, and the dairy community for learning and discussion to continue to improve the well-being and health of dairy cattle and the ability and fulfilment of farmers and their staff.

Producer Brownbag: How Do I Find Buyers For My Products

May 25, 2021

Brooding and Rearing Basics: Introduction to Waterfowl

May 26, 2021

Composting Livestock Mortality and On-Farm Butcher Waste

May 26, 2021

Farm Business Foundations: Farm Financial Management Basics

May 27, 2021



June 2021

Weed Control Field Day - In Person - Panama, NY

June 8, 2021

Whole Farm Weed Management Field Day

June 9, 2021

5A Poultry Processing Plant Tours - St Lawrence County

June 12, 2021

Southern Adirondack Wool Pool - By Appointment Only - June 14th - July 9th

June 14, 2021


The Southern Adirondack Fiber Producers Cooperative Wool Pool will be accepting wool from 2019, 2020, and 2021 shearings by appointment only at Battenkill Fibers in Greenwich NY. Both standard wool and longwool in white or natural color is being accepted. 


Beat the Heat! Heat Stress Management Program

June 22 - June 30, 2021


Join us for a free on-farm demonstration (barn walk through, measuring air speed and temperature, signs of heat stress, etc…) and discussion about the importance of adequate heat abatement for all stages of lactation. This program is applicable to any type/size of dairy farm.


Pizza and beverages will be provided thanks to our generous sponsors!


 


CCE NCRAT Fall Program Sponsorship for "Healthy, Hardy, Heifers"

June 22 - August 21, 2021

Pasture Walk on Saturday, June 26th in Falconer, Chautauqua County

June 26, 2021



July 2021

2021 Cornell Seed Growers Field Days

July 1, 2021

Hemp Grain and Fiber: Production, Pests, Processing, and Policy in NY State

July 6 - July 7, 2021

Hemp Grain and Fiber: Production, Pests, Processing, and Policy in NY State

July 6 - July 7, 2021

Organic Dairy Pasture Walk- Farm Visits

July 15, 2021

2021 Beef Tour O'Mara Farms

July 16, 2021

Central NY Dairy Women's Peer Group Meeting

July 16, 2021

Skills and Principles of Managed Grazing on Improved Pastures

July 20, 2021

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

July 21 - July 29, 2021

Fiber Farm Fundamentals: Alpacas 101

July 22, 2021

How to Become a Pesticide Applicator

July 23, 2021

Calf Barn Ventilation Program

July 27 - July 28, 2021

Pigweeds and Soybean Cyst Nematodes ID & Management Workshop

July 27, 2021

South Central NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Day

July 27, 2021

CCE Flock Talks - Summer Troubles

July 28, 2021

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Carey Farm

July 28, 2021

New York State Pesticide Use and Regulations

July 28, 2021

Summer 2021 Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series

July 28, 2021

4th Annual Hudson Valley Textile Project Summit

July 30, 2021



August 2021

NY Corn & Soybean Growers - 2021 Summer Crop Tour

August 5, 2021

NOFA Summer Conference

August 6 - August 8, 2021

American Farmland Trust - Women for the Land Learning Circle - Conservation Action

August 9, 2021

2021 Aurora Farm Field Day

August 12, 2021

2021 Cornell Hemp Field Day

August 12, 2021

Riverside Dairy Open House Farm Tour

August 12, 2021

American Farmland Trust - Virtual Women for the Land Learning Circle

August 17, 2021

Integrated Parasite Management for Goats & Sheep Workshop

August 17, 2021

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Troyer Farm

August 18, 2021

Calf Management On-Farm Tour

August 25, 2021

American Farmland Trust - Soil Health Field Day

August 31, 2021



September 2021

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Murraydale Farms

September 8, 2021

2021 Southern Tier Wool Pool - Morris, NY

September 10, 2021

Integrated Parasite Management for Goats & Sheep Workshop

September 28, 2021



October 2021

Farm Business Planning for Beginners: Farm Succession Planning Journey

October 8, 2021


Cornell Cooperative Extension's Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is working with educators across the state to bring a virtual learning opportunity to farms in the Southwest New York Region who are looking to being their succession planning journey. This series will be $60 per farm family and includes a comprehensive workbook, an online learning classroom, and four interactive video sessions held via Zoom. The program will run on Thursday evenings in October. 




November 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



December 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time




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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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