Specialists

Nicole Tommell
Nicole Tommell is the farm business management specialist and team leader. She received her Bachelor of Technology degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Agricultural Business. She also holds a Masters in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University. 

David Balbian

Dave Balbian is the dairy management specialist on the team.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education from Cornell University and his Masters from the College of Saint Rose.  Prior to his appointment, Balbian was a Territory Manager for Nutrena Feeds out of the Port of Albany Mill covering six counties. He has had previous extension experience working for Cooperative Extension in Saratoga and Rensselaer counties as the dairy agent.

Ashley McFarland
Ashley McFarland is the livestock specialist.  She received her Animal Science BT degree at SUNY Cobleskill and BS at The Ohio State University. Previously, she was a herd health manager for a beef operation and worked for Agri-King Nutrition as a dairy nutrition consultant.  


Erik Smith
Erik is the field crop specialist. Erik earned his BA from SUNY Oswego in Biology and his MS and PhD from Cornell University in Entomology.



Nicole Tommell

Nicole Tommell

Area Ag Business Management Specialist/Team Leader

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David Balbian

David Balbian

Area Dairy Specialist

Areas of Interest: Dairy Management

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Ashley McFarland

Ashley McFarland

Area Livestock Specialist

Areas of Interest: Livestock

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Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Area Field Crop Specialist

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Livestock

Forages

Forages

Grains

Grains

Upcoming Events

PPP2/ EIDL Loan Advance/ Expansion of CFAP 1

January 26, 2021

Join Liz Higgins (Eastern NY Hort Team Ag Business Specialist), Myron Thurston (CCE Madison AED & Marketing Specialist) and Nicole Tommell (Farm Business Specialist, CNYDLFC) for an update on the Paycheck Protection Program Draft 2 as well as the EIDL advance grant for small businesses that opened on 1/17/2021.  Additionally, the extension of CFAP 1&2 for specific agricultural areas that were not currently eligible for payments previously will be commented on during this time period. 

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Small Scale Food Processing Workshop

January 27 - January 28, 2021

If you are considering a new food processing business, or growing the one that you already have, then this workshop is for you!

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Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

February 1, 2021
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