Specialists

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.

Kevin Ganoe
Kevin Ganoe is the field crop specialist and team leader. He received his BS in Plant Science from Penn State University and a Master's of Science in Agronomy also from Penn State.  Kevin was previously the field crops agent for Erie and Crawford counties in Pennsylvania and worked as a research aid to the corn specialist at Penn State.  

Ashley McFarland
Ashley McFarland 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.  




Kevin Ganoe

Kevin Ganoe

Area Field Crop Specialist

Areas of Interest: Field Crops

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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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Nicole Tommell

Nicole Tommell

Area Ag Business Management Specialist

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Upcoming Events

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).

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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.
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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.

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Announcements

NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets Announces Grant Opportunities

New York State Announces two Grant Opportunities to Help New York Farmers Protect Soil and Water Quality.  $19 Million Will be Provided through the State's Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program and the Agricultural Non-Point Source Abatement and Control Program. Deadlines are in March and April.  See the full article at: https://agriculture.ny.gov/news/new-york-state-announces-two-grant-opportunities-help-new-york-farmers-protect-soil-and-water

The USDA National Scrapie Eradication Program Needs Our Help!

The USDA is currently seeking producers to let them sample mature sheep, 14 months of age to 6 years of age, for scrapie disease at slaughter or when an animal is found dead, euthanized, or slaughtered on the farm. The sampling involves taking the obex (brain stem) and a lymph node from the head. The USDA needs to increase the number of samples to maintain a minimum number so New York State remains in "consistent status". If New York State does not reach this minimum there will be severe consequences for our state. As an incentive to producers, the USDA is offering free scrapie tags to producers who have at least one eligible sheep sample. If you can provide such sampling opportunities, please contact Shelley Vitela: Shelley Vitela, Animal Health Technician, New York, Phone: 607-201-8962 Email: Shelley.R.Vitela@usda.gov 500 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205


The Utica Observer Dispatch article published 1/5/2020

NY FarmNet and NYCAMH resources are highlighted in this article.

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20200105/local-farmers-combat-depression-amid-industry-stressors


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