Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Enrollment

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  • On-Farm Research Trials

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March 2018

Planning for Succession - Managing Business Transition to a New Generation, Ontario Location

March 1 - March 15, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Canandaigua, NY

Planning for Succession - Managing Business Transition to a New Generation, Ontario Location
Members of each generation involved in agricultural business together are encouraged to attend this interactive workshop series to learn about skills, tools and tactics needed for success in a multi-generation business.

CANCELLED **** Getting Started with Grazing **** CANCELLED

March 7, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Newark, NY

CANCELLED **** Getting Started with Grazing **** CANCELLED
Are you looking to start a rotational grazing on your farm? Do you run out of pasture in the summer and need advice on how to overcome that? This workshop will help you take your grazing operation to the next level.  

Profitable Meat Marketing

March 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Geneva, NY

Profitable Meat Marketing
Join Ag. Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux at a Profitable Meat Marketing workshop to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs?including your TIME?and bringing in a profit. 

*** CLASS FULL *** Herd Manager Training - 2 Day Program, Day 1

March 16, 2018
9:30am - 3:00 pm
Phelps, NY

*** CLASS FULL *** Herd Manager Training - 2 Day Program, Day 1
The Herd Manager Training is a 2 day program held one week apart from each other. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk through and discussion.

Who should attend: Those who work directly with cows or train people that do.

This program is eligible for FSA Borrower Credits.

Meat & Greet Farmer & Chef Fair

March 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Geneva, NY

Meat & Greet Farmer & Chef Fair
The Meat & Greet Farmer and Chef Fair is your chance to connect with customers. Open to all kinds of Finger Lakes livestock farms with all kinds of species and cuts. Bring your marketing material and be eager to talk about their products. Regional chefs will provide local meat cooking demonstrations with meat from farms in attendance - and free tasting samples!  The cost is $25 per farm. 
This event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in HWS Medbery Lot adjacent to Pulteney Street.

*** CLASS FULL *** Herd Manager Training - 2 Day Program, Day 2

March 23, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Oakfield, NY

*** CLASS FULL *** Herd Manager Training - 2 Day Program, Day 2
The Herd Manager Training is a 2 day program held one week apart from each other. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk through and discussion.

Who should attend: Those who work directly with cows or train people that do.

This program is eligible for FSA Borrower Credits.

April 2018

Changes coming to the MPP Dairy Program

April 9, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A risk management tool for dairy producers.

May 2018

CANCELLED** Beef Quality Assurance Training**CANCELLED

May 5, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gainesville, NY

CANCELLED** Beef Quality Assurance Training**CANCELLED
The goal of this national program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products. 

Pasture & Farm Walk

May 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Stafford, NY

Pasture & Farm Walk
Join us as we walk the pastures and discuss Garry's goals and suggest improvements. We will relocate to his home farm in LeRoy for further discussion and refreshments.

Taking a Holistic Approach to Managing Your Land

May 24, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Piffard, NY

Have you ever wondered what your woods can do for you? During this session, we will be joined by a forester, who will share information about woodlot management and timber contracts. Attendees will also gain an understanding of soil types and soil health as well as the effect compaction can have on their land. In a final discussion, we will talk about drainage and about how the installation of tile drains can greatly impact the productively of your land. This day will take place 'on the farm' so that attendees can 'discuss' but also 'see' what we will be talking about throughout the day so dress appropriately!

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Upcoming Events

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

July 18, 2019
7:00-9:00pm
Batavia, NY

After the day's work is done, come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's lab:
  • Strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance and economics
  • Using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management

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Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Come join us on July 23 in Seneca County at Quinten Good's farm for a demonstration and walking tour of 16 different pre- and post-emergence treatments in soybean and 12 different treatments and combinations in corn.
  • Tall waterhemp and marestail are two weeds that are resistant to glyphosate and ALS herbicide modes of action in the WNY and Finger Lakes regions.
  • Each year the number of acres with resistant weed populations expands.
  • For herbicides to be an effective tool in weed management, we have to know what chemistries & application timings are most effective against these resistant weeds.

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Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers

July 29, 2019
12:45 - 4 pm
Waterloo, NY

Join the Finger Lakes Graziers on a pasture walk and learn about soil health. 
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Announcements

USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 ? Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool - developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized
DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. It replaces the program previously known as the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Sign up for this USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) program opens on June 17.

"With sign-up for the
DMC program just weeks away, we encourage producers to use this new support tool to help make decisions on participation in the program," Secretary Perdue said. "Dairy producers have faced tough challenges over the years, but the DMC program should help producers better weather the ups and downs in the industry."

The University of Wisconsin launched the decision support tool in cooperation with FSA and funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Office of the Chief Economist. The tool was designed to help producers determine the level of coverage under a variety of conditions that will provide them with the strongest financial safety net. It allows farmers to simplify their coverage level selection by combining operation data and other key variables to calculate coverage needs based on price projections.

The decision tool assists producers with calculating total premiums costs and administrative fees associated with participation in
DMC. It also forecasts payments that will be made during the coverage year.

"
The new Dairy Margin Coverage program offers very appealing options for all dairy farmers to reduce their net income risk due to volatility in milk or feed prices," said Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin, Madison. "Higher coverage levels, monthly payments, and more flexible production coverage options are especially helpful for the sizable majority of farms who can cover much of their milk production with the new five million pound maximum for Tier 1 premiums. This program deserves the careful consideration of all dairy farmers."

For more information, access the tool at fsa.usda.gov/dmc-tool. For
DMC sign up, eligibility and related program information, visit fsa.usda.gov or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.


New Guidance for Mortality Disposal Issued

NYS Department of Ag and Markets has posted guidelines on disposal of livestock carcasses, in response to reports that some rendering companies have halted pickups from farms.

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