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

African Swine Fever Meeting ~ Norwich

June 25, 2019
6:30 pm
Norwich, NY

African Swine Fever, the highly contagious and deadly disease affects both domestic and feral hogs and there is NO treatment or vaccine currently available. 
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Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update~Schuylerville

July 9, 2019
7-9 pm
Schuylerville, NY

After the day's work is done?
Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's Lab.

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Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update~Milford

July 16, 2019
7-9 pm
Milford, NY

After the day's work is done?
Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's Lab.

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Announcements

First Cutting Forage Quality Project

The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team has begun monitoring hay fields for our First Cutting Forage Quality Project. If you aren't familiar there is a very good correlation between alfalfa height and the level of Neutral Detergent Fiber in not only alfalfa but also grasses.

The team monitors fields throughout our region in May to give forage producers some idea of the optimal time to harvest that important 1st cutting. When to start varies as much as 2 weeks in our region depending where you are, elevation and soil type. Check out the Forage Quality section of our website for more information.

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