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January 2019

Raising Beef Dairy Crosses

January 8 - January 9, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Canandaigua and Warsaw, NY


The NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team is planning two evening meetings to learn more about the opportunities and challenges with raising dairy crossbred calves. 

Corn Congress - Batavia Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Batavia, NY

Corn Congress - Batavia Location

Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Program's team for our annual Corn Congress.  DEC re-certification points and Certified Crop Adviser credits available, so bring your picture ID.  Lunch is included.  Hear from program-related professionals and visit with our sponsoring vendors.  Register Now!

Corn Congress - Waterloo Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 10, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Corn Congress - Waterloo Location

Please join the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Program's team for our annual Corn Congress. DEC re-certification points and Certified Crop Adviser credits available, so bring your picture ID. Lunch is included. Hear from program-related professionals and visit with our sponsoring vendors. Register Now!

Becker Forum

January 14, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Liverpool, NY

Becker Forum

Farm Labor: Farm Employment Practices, Planning for the Future

Federal labor policy, sexual harassment law compliance, employee housing management, financing and managing farm worker housing, updates from the NY Departments of Labor and Health, and more.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

January 17, 2019
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. $25 includes lunch and a manual
WARSAW, NY


Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.  Register online here:  https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/MentalHealthFirstAidTraining_10508 or email lma96@cornell.edu.

NYBPA Winter Management Meeting- "Dairy cross bred calf - opportunity for the dairy & beef industry"

January 18, 2019
9:45 a.m. Welcome - 5:00 p.m. Adjournment
East Syracuse, NY


On January 18, 2018 in Syracuse, the New York Beef Producer's Association is presenting a day-long session on the cross bred dairy calf. Speakers will include farmers and extension professionals with experience in this field. The keynote speaker will be from Wulf Genetics working with Genex to supply beef bulls of various breeds to use on Jersey and Holstein cows. To date they have raised and finished over 50,000 cross bred calves. Plan to spend the day and learn about how this enterprise may fit in your dairy operation to provide another source of cash flow. For more information, please contact Brenda Bippert, NYBPA Executive Secretary, nybeefproducers@aol.com, (716) 902-4305, or http://www.nybpa.org/abwc.htm

Labor Road Show II - Canandaigua ***CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER/TRAVEL ADVISORY** *

January 31, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Canandaigua, NY

Labor Road Show II - Canandaigua ***CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER/TRAVEL ADVISORY** *

If you have employees, then you need to be at the New York Labor Road Show II. Experts from farms, private industry and the university will focus on critical topics that affect all farm employers including: employee housing, onboarding, sexual harassment prevention, employee engagement , safety, wage and hour laws, and worker care.


February 2019

Soybean & Small Grains Congress - Batavia Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Batavia, NY

Soybean & Small Grains Congress - Batavia Location

Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program team for the 2019 Soybean & Small Grains Congresses to be held Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia and Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Quality Inn, 2468 Route 414, Waterloo NY.

Soybean/Small Grains Congress - Waterloo Location

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Soybean/Small Grains Congress - Waterloo Location

Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension's NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program team for the 2019 Soybean & Small Grains Congresses to be held Wednesday, February 6th at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia and Thursday, February 7th, at the Quality Inn, 2468 State Route 414, Waterloo NY.

Feeding Your Beef Cows Through the Winter

February 12, 2019
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Warsaw, NY

Feeding Your Beef Cows Through the Winter


Learn how to meet the nutritional needs of your beef cows with available or purchased feed. Mike Baker, Cornell University's Beef Cattle Specialist will review the nutritional needs of the beef cow, how the environmental conditions impact feeding, and how the stages of pregnancy affects her needs. Nancy Glazier, Small Farms and Livestock Specialist with the NWNY Team, will discuss sampling procedures for nutrient analysis to know what you are feeding. 

2019 Precision Ag Workshop: Turning that Data into Dollars! Pre-Register by Feb 13th!

February 20, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $59 includes lunch and materials, Prior registration and payment required.
Batavia, NY

2019 Precision Ag Workshop:  Turning that Data into Dollars!  Pre-Register by Feb 13th!

Keynote Speaker - Bob Stewart, Stewart Farms

This year's 3rd annual workshop will address prevalent, precision-agriculture management topics. Speakers will discuss the importance of understanding and applying the data generated from the fields and the role you can play to better master it. If you've been gathering field and yield data and using it to make management decisions, this workshop will help you build a strategy for using the tools you already have to drive profitability for your operation. 

Forage Congress

February 27, 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mt. Morris, NY

Forage Congress

  • Climate Smart Farming Decision Tools
  • Forage Quality to Reduce Purchase Concentrate Cost.  N Management, Guidelines for Grass, Low Lignin Alfalfa, Harvest Schedule
  • Fiber Digestibility & Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Using Fiber & Starch Yields
  • Silage Fermentation
  • Inventory & Shrink
  • Producer Panel

MANURE APPLICATOR TRAINING - DEC Approved Training for CAFO Farms, register by 2/22/2019!

February 28, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Wyo Co Ag Bus Center, Warsaw and 1 p.m. - 3 p. m. Civil Def Bldg., Bath NY


This informational meeting is for all farm owners, family members, and employees who manage their farm's manure. All farms, regardless of size are encouraged to attend. This is a DEC approved Manure Applicator Training that is required for CAFO farms. A certificate will be provided to each farm that participates in the meeting. 


March 2019

Raising Healthy Livestock: The Basics of Feeding, Health, and Quality Care

March 2, 2019
10 am - 1 pm
Lockport, NY

Raising Healthy Livestock: The Basics of Feeding, Health, and Quality Care

Raising livestock can be a rewarding enterprise. There are many things to consider, including what to feed, how to keep them healthy and how to handle them. Cornell Cooperative Extension NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team is holding a workshop for livestock farmers to help address these topics. 

Stockmanship Training for Beef Producers

March 6, 2019
6:00-9:00 pm
Bath, NY

Stockmanship Training for Beef Producers

New York is proud to welcome Curt Pate, a nationally and internationally recognized clinician, known for his abilities conducting stockmanship demonstrations.

Dairy Managers Training

March 7 - March 14, 2019
9:30 am Registration, 10 am- 3 pm Training

Dairy Managers Training

Two-day training with sessions on March 7th and March 14th

March 7th:
Meet at CCE Wyoming County
36 Center St Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569
Visiting Emerling Farm after lunch
2904 NY-246, Perry, NY 14530

Communication with People, Erica Leubner, NYFarmNet
Communication with Animals and Cattle Handling, Curt Pate, 1 hour in classroom, 2 hours in freestall

March 14th:
Meet at CCE Ontario County
480 North Main Street Canandaigua, NY 14424
Visiting Bonna Terra Farm after lunch
8800 NY-5, Bloomfield, NY 14469 

Facility Management for Profitability
Heifer Management & Facilities, Steve Chuta, Zoetis
Partial Budgets
Farm Walk through of Heifer Facilities

Soil Health Workshop sponsored by Ontario & Yates Co SWCD & Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. 1.5 (DEC pesticide Applicator credits & 4.5 CCA CEUs)
Canandaigua, NY


To register, please return this form to: Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, PO Box 323, Canandaigua, NY 14424, with check made payable to CLWA. You may also pre-register by calling 585-394-5030 or info@canandaigualakeassoc.org by February 21st, 2019. To pay with credit card, please go to the following link: http://www.canandaigualakeassoc.org/get-involved/soil-health-workshop/
$20 per participant with pre-registration (includes lunch).
$25 per participant for walk-ins (payable by cash only).

2019 Farmer and Chef Fair: Cut, Prep, Pair

March 9, 2019
3 pm - 6:30 pm
Geneva, NY

2019 Farmer and Chef Fair: Cut, Prep, Pair

Finger Lakes livestock farmers are invited to participate in this year's "Meat & Great: Cut, Prep, Pair" event to showcase their farm's story and products.

Pre-Exam Training & Test to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator - Pre-Register by 3/4/19!!

March 12 - March 14, 2019
Class -12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Lunch Provided), Exam on 3/15/19 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. by DEC
Newark, NY

Pre-Exam Training & Test to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator - Pre-Register by 3/4/19!!

Ag Specialists Mike Stanyard and Tess Grasswitz will review core concepts and commodity-specific items in preparation for the exam.  All participants must have experience working on their own farm or through employment on another farm.  Participants must register directly with the DEC to take the EXAM and have any questions on exam eligibility answered by DEC representatives.  This training is only for those with experience and does not quality for the 30-hour pre-test training.

Wyoming County Farmland Protection Informational Seminars

March 12 - March 30, 2019
Two Dates/Times: Thursday, Mar 21st, 7-9 p.m. & Saturday, March 30th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Warsaw, NY


Wyoming County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (WCAFPB) will accept pre-applications from farmland owners for the next round of New York State purchase of development rights (PDR) grants through May 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm. All owners of farms interested in applying must attend an informational seminar. Landowners can attend on either Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm or Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.At the seminars, Genesee Valley Conservancy (GVC) Farmland Protection Specialist David Bojanowski will discuss PDR, Conservation Easements, New York State PDR Grant Program, an example PDR Project and landowner considerations when considering farmland protection. Cornell Cooperative Extension's (CCE) Joan Sinclair Petzen will share information about the Wyoming County Context for Farmland Protection and Wyoming County's Farmland Protection Pre-Application Process.  

***FREE*** BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE TRAINING! MARCH 15th, CANANDAIGUA NY, Pre-register by 3/11/19.

March 15, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Canandaigua, NY

***FREE*** BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE TRAINING!  MARCH 15th, CANANDAIGUA NY, Pre-register by 3/11/19.

The New York Beef Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension are pleased to partner with Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange to offer a Beef Quality Assurance training for beef and dairy producers in the Finger Lakes region of NY. The training will be held on Friday, March 15th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Join us at Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange located at 3865 Rts 5 & 20 Geneva Turnpike Canandaigua N.Y 14424 for a presentation by Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock Specialist, and chute side training led by Dave Wilson, retired DVM.

This training is being offered for 
FREE, thanks to sponsorship from
Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange, and will include meal and training resources. Pre-registration is required by March 11th. For further assistance or information please contact Allison, Finger Lakes Livestock at 585-394-1515 or email flle83@yahoo.com. 

Labor Road Show II- New Date & Location for WNY!

March 21, 2019
8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Warsaw, NY

Labor Road Show II- New Date & Location for WNY!

New Date & Location for Western New York!

If you have employees, then you need to be at the New York Labor Road Show II. Experts from farms, private industry and the university will focus on critical topics that affect all farm employers including: employee housing, onboarding, sexual harassment prevention, employee engagement ,
safety, wage and hour laws, and worker care.

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats IPM/FAMACHA Workshop, Pre-Register by 3/28

March 30, 2019
9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Naples, NY

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats IPM/FAMACHA Workshop, Pre-Register by 3/28

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting goats and sheep in the Northeast. Dewormer resistance is becoming commonplace. As a result, producers need to know how best to manage parasites. In this workshop, producers will learn the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms. We will also provide hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA Anemia Card (good only for the barber pole worm) as part of a 5-point check to determine which animals in your herd or flock most likely need deworming. This workshop will also include hands-on training on doing fecal egg counts. You are welcome to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets from one sheep or goat at your farm to the workshop.


April 2019

2019 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)

April 9, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
Newark, NY


Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The labels that will be covered include Lorsban Advanced, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam. All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicator's license via taking the certification exam.

Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training. 

2019 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)

April 10, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM English and Spanish combined session
Albion, NY


Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The labels that will be covered include Lorsban Advanced, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam. All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicator's license via taking the certification exam.

Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training. 

Your Land as Your Legacy - Conservation Values a Special Invitation for Women Landowners.

April 10, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $10 payable at the door
Portageville, NY


Join women landowners, like yourself, for a learning circle to find solutions for the legacy of your land. Hear how you can get started planning.

  • Clarify your goals for your land for the future.
  • Understand the basic terminology that goes along with legacy planning.
  • Learn about the planning tools to preserve your land for future generations.
  • Explore opportunities for protecting your land for agriculture and conservation.
  • Discover ways to protect your land from the high costs of long-term care.
  • Find out how other women are planning for the future of their land.
  • Meet professionals who can help you with your plan. 

Beginning Farmer/Hobby Farmer Workshop $5/pp, class size is limited, so pre-register by April 15th!

April 27, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Canandaigua, NY


This hands-on workshop is for beginning or part-time farmers who would like to improve their farm machinery skills, learn to properly and safely maintain their equipment to protect their investment. If you have been thinking about buying a tractor, new or used, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, compact or utility or more come join us. Topics include: selecting the right size/type tractor for the job; basic maintenance; staying safe around tractors and equipment; attaching implements properly; and information about ROPS and SMV's. There will be time for questions.

Pre-registration requested by April 15, 2019 email Amy with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-394-3977 x 429.
Fee: $5.00/person. Class size is limited.



May 2019

AGROTOURISM - FREE FARMER TRAINING! ENROLL and GROW YOUR BUSINESS

May 9 - March 1, 2020
Rochester, NY

AGROTOURISM - FREE FARMER TRAINING!  ENROLL and GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Expand your farm operations by starting Agritourism, either as your primary or as an add-on activity on your farm. Increasing your farm visibility, connecting with the community, educating the public, creating new local markets, sharing your knowledge and pride - these are just a few attributes that come with Agritourism.

We are inviting all farmers in the Genesee Valley Region (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates) to enroll in this FREE Agritourism Farmer Training program.  
The class size is limited.  We are looking for a group of 10-12 farmers to teach them how to successfully develop and execute Agritourism events in their farm and grow their business.

The training is funded by the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority in support of local farmers, agriculture and food industry. 


2019 Pastured Poultry Seminar, lunch included so please register by May 10th! $25/person

May 18, 2019
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.w/ coffee & donuts with the Program running from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p. m.
Attica, NY


The main speaker this year is Eli Reiff of Mifflinburg Pennsylvania. Eli raises broilers, turkeys, sheep, and beef, all on pasture. Topics to be covered will include the pasture, feed and nutrition, marketing, costs, and much more. As we grow as farm operators and get bigger, we may not pay as much attention to the basics as we should. So those areas are where we will start, and then expand to cover the group's interests.

Mike Badger, Director of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association will also be available for a round-table discussion. Plans are to have representatives from Farm Bureau, NYCAMH for farm health and safety, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, as well as others.

Calling all 9th-12th graders! 4th Annual Precision Agriculture Day at Genesee Community College

May 21, 2019
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Register by Friday May 10th! $15/per person includes lunch
Batavia, NY

Calling all 9th-12th graders!  4th Annual Precision Agriculture Day at Genesee Community College

Calling all 9th-12th graders!  We have an exciting new program for students interested in technology, science, engineering, and agriculture!
Would you like to:
  • Learn about how Drones collect information
  • Check out some potential career opportunities that have new and ever-changing technology
  • Learn how these technologies can be used in our own backyards in WNY
  • Discover potential and exciting career opportunities

Human Resource Management on the Farm - 2 sessions! Register by Friday 5/17!!

May 21 - May 22, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 pm (2 sessions! Day 1 CCE- Ontario, or Day 2 CCE - Wyoming)


Are you looking for motivation and resources to implement new Human Resource Management practices on your farm?

Join us for one of two sessions in WNY this spring. At each session, we'll discuss:

  • What Human Resource Management is, and why it's important on your farm
  • Examples of different Human Resource Management practices and how to implement them
In addition, you will:
  • Complete a self-assessment to determine the areas of highest priority for your farm
  • Hear from several local dairy farmers who have recently implemented new HRM practices on their farms.
  • Go home with a plan of action and resources to help you accomplish your HRM goals



June 2019

ROSE BAY FARM - PASTURE WALK - LEWISTON NY - RSVP BY MAY 27TH

June 1, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - $5 per person includes morning refreshments and lunch
Lewiston, NY

ROSE BAY FARM - PASTURE WALK - LEWISTON NY -  RSVP BY MAY 27TH

Peter Grainge has been grazing Scottish Highland cattle on 15 acres of pasture since 2013 and He is slowly bringing the farm back into production. 
Topics to be discussed include:
  •  soil sampling to understand fertility
  •  pasture renovation
  •  forage quality and testing
  •  pasture rotation.

2019 Small Grains Management Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 6, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Seneca Falls, NY

2019 Small Grains Management Field Day

New for 2019,  the annual field day featuring small grain variety trial information, disease and weed management updates, and crop development and management is being held at Poormon Farms, 3048 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY (and NOT Musgrave Research Farm).


Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers

June 18, 2019
1 - 4 pm
Penn Yan, NY

Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers

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


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AGROTOURISM - FREE FARMER TRAINING! ENROLL and GROW YOUR BUSINESS

May 9 - March 1, 2020

Rochester, NY

Expand your farm operations by starting Agritourism, either as your primary or as an add-on activity on your farm. Increasing your farm visibility, connecting with the community, educating the public, creating new local markets, sharing your knowledge and pride - these are just a few attributes that come with Agritourism.

We are inviting all farmers in the Genesee Valley Region (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates) to enroll in this FREE Agritourism Farmer Training program.  
The class size is limited.  We are looking for a group of 10-12 farmers to teach them how to successfully develop and execute Agritourism events in their farm and grow their business.

The training is funded by the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority in support of local farmers, agriculture and food industry. 


Calling all 9th-12th graders! 4th Annual Precision Agriculture Day at Genesee Community College

May 21, 2019
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Register by Friday May 10th! $15/per person includes lunch
Batavia, NY

Calling all 9th-12th graders!  We have an exciting new program for students interested in technology, science, engineering, and agriculture!
Would you like to:
  • Learn about how Drones collect information
  • Check out some potential career opportunities that have new and ever-changing technology
  • Learn how these technologies can be used in our own backyards in WNY
  • Discover potential and exciting career opportunities

Human Resource Management on the Farm - 2 sessions! Register by Friday 5/17!!

May 21 - May 22, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 pm (2 sessions! Day 1 CCE- Ontario, or Day 2 CCE - Wyoming)

Are you looking for motivation and resources to implement new Human Resource Management practices on your farm?

Join us for one of two sessions in WNY this spring. At each session, we'll discuss:

  • What Human Resource Management is, and why it's important on your farm
  • Examples of different Human Resource Management practices and how to implement them
In addition, you will:
  • Complete a self-assessment to determine the areas of highest priority for your farm
  • Hear from several local dairy farmers who have recently implemented new HRM practices on their farms.
  • Go home with a plan of action and resources to help you accomplish your HRM goals

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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