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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Upcoming Events

2017 Feed Dealer Seminar

November 28, 2017
6-9 pm
Ballston Spa, NY

2017 Feed Dealer Seminar
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CANCELLED-Marketing Meeting ~ Herkimer

November 28, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm
Herkimer, NY

This meeting has been cancelled.

In order to stay in business as producers, we need to learn how to produce a consistent product for our  consumers to continue to come back year after year. 

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Feeder Schools~Canajoharie Start

November 28 - December 5, 2017
10 am-3 pm
Canajoharie, NY

2 Days of On-Farm Training
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Announcements

Countdown to Census: What You Need to Know

Only eight weeks until producers start to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture 

In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers. 
 
“The updated online questionnaire is very user-friendly ??" it can now be used on any electronic device, and can be saved and revisited as the producer’s schedule allows,” said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “Responding online saves time and protects data quality. That’s our mission at NASS ??" to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Better data mean informed decisions, and that’s why it is so important that every producer respond and be represented.”

New time-saving features of the online questionnaire include automatically calculating totals, skipping sections that do not pertain to the operation, and providing drop-down menus of frequent responses. Producers still have one week to try the online questionnaire demo on the census of agriculture website (www.agcensus.usda.gov). 

The census website will continue to be updated with new information through the census response deadline of February 5, 2018. One recently added feature is a new video from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reminding all producers to respond when they receive their 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail later this year. 
 
Revisions and additions to the 2017 Census of Agriculture aim to capture a more detailed account of the industry. Producers will see a new question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running the business.

Response to the census of agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any producer. The time required to complete the questionnaire is estimated at 50 minutes. In October, NASS will make a census preparation checklist available on the census website to help producers gather necessary information in advance.

Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them; it is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the country. Farmers and ranchers, trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture ??" from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry. The census of agriculture is a producer’s voice, future, and opportunity.

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.


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