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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Upcoming Events

Manure Management & CAFO Permit Workshop - Waterville

December 6, 2022
Waterville, NY

Lunch included.  CCA Credits available.  This event will count as a DEC approved manure applicator training for CAFO permitees.

Manure Management & CAFO Permit Workshop - Ballston Spa

December 8, 2022
Ballston Spa, NY

Lunch included.  CCA Credits available.  This event will count as a DEC approved manure applicator training for CAFO permitees.

Artificial Insemination Training Course

December 12 - December 13, 2022
Little Falls, NY

Two day course.  Lunch included.  The course will have classroom and practical components.  Registration limited to 12 people.

Announcements

Spotted Lanternfly

Lycorma delicatula, or Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), is an invasive plant hopper from Asia and is an agricultural pest. In the United States, it was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014. Spotted Lanternfly has been found in New York State on Staten Island, all New York City boroughs, Long Island, Port Jervis, Sloatsburg, Orangeburg, Ithaca, Binghamton, Middletown, Newburgh, Highland, and the Buffalo area. SLF threatens the agriculture and forestry industries, and is also a nuisance pest. The nymphs and adults feed on over 70 different plants, but is especially detrimental to grapes, a black walnut, hops, maple trees and apples. New York State Ag and Markets supported CCE efforts to help bring awareness to communities and we developed this Public Service Announcement and would appreciate you sharing it with your member lists. 



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