Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Enrollment

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Impact In New York

The NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team continues to make a positive impact on the farmers and agri-business professionals of Northwestern NY. Take a look at our Impact Statements to see the diverse areas in which we are making a difference.



Team Brochure

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NWNY Team Highlights (October-December 2018)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our ten county region by working with growers interested in Hemp Production, distributing a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Newsletter, educating producers on neonatal calf care, and by contributing to Making Better Beer in NY!

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NWNYDLFCP Annual Report 2018

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2018)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop specialists continues educating in our region with Corn Silage Pricing Analysis Updates plus Pre-Harvest Workshops that are preparing growers for long-term success, in addition to our work relating to the increasingly important topic of Soil Health.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2018)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Economics of Producing Industrial Hemp in NYS: 2017 Costs of Production Estimates, Beef Quality Assurance Training's and Dairy Training Resource Guide.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2018)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Empowering the Next Generation for a Successful Transition, Positive Reviews for our 2018 Forage Congress, a New Tool for Battling Herbicide Resistant Weeds and Dairy Skills Training - Herd Managers Program.

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Annual Report 2017

Our 2017 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2017)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Meat & Greet Event that connects farmers and consumers. Return of the Academy for Dairy Executives for twenty six farmers from across the region that met for three two-day sessions. Auto Section Control on Corn Planters: Benefits & Costs for Decision Making. Postive Reviews for Inaugural Forage Congress. Planning for year two is underway. Manure Forum - Proper Handling, Value and Dangers.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2017)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Dairy Farm Business Summary Cooperators, a Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2016, 1st Cutting Alfalfa Monitoring for Optimum Forage Quality, Reproduction School Targets Beef Producers and Twilight Tour Showcases Small Grain Variety Options.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2017)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with a Heifer Facility Tour that Shares Ideas and Answers, Economics of Growing Malting Barley in New York State, Industrial Hemp: New Alternative Crops for New York Producers and Webinars in Spanish Rach New Demographics.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2017)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Feeder School that Drives Profit on Dairy Farms, The Seventh Annual Calf & Heifer Congress which attracts a mix of producers, veterinarians, and extension, university and industry personnel. Western Bean Cutworm Resistance to Bt Corn is a reality. The highest Western Bean Cutworm catches have been in the counties along Lake Ontario (Niagara, Orleans, Monroe & Wayne).  Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Production for the Corn, Soybean, Wheat (CSW) Cropping System: Transition Period Economics. Farm business owners producing corn, soybean and wheat may look to the production and sale of organic grains as means to improve results.

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Annual Report 2016

Our 2016 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Corn Congresses Keep Grain Producers on the Cutting Edge, Spanish Language Dairy Services: A Valuable Resource for Producers, Entry Point Precision Agriculture Technology: Benefits and Costs for Decision Making and Manure Gas Safety On Dairies.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Dairy Farm Business Summary Cooperators, a Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2015, A Proactive Approach to Hoof Care Saves Money, Women Land Owners Learn Benefits of Conservation and Farming Practices in the Genesee Valley and Improving Malting Barley Production Practices to Meet Industry Needs.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Helping the Next Generation Learn about Extension, Working through the Drought of 2016 and Tactical Ag Teams: Educating the Next Generation of Corn Growers.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Beef Workshop Certifies Producers, Growing Malting Barley in NY: Production Economics, Labor Roadshow and Resources for Dairy Replacement Management.

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Annual Report 2015

Our 2015 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Manure Gas Education: Keeping Farmers Safe, Young Managers Trip to PA encourages thought, Corn Congresses hit the mark with Producers in 2015 and Economics of Intensive Wheat Management Revisited.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Safety Training's Help Farms Avoid Fines and Keep Employees Safe, Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) Cooperators, a Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2014, Pasture Walk Highlights Small Dairy's Success and Dairy Businesses Advance Employee Transition Cow Skills.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Temple Grandin Visit a Huge Success, Cornell Intern Explores Precision Ag Adoption in NWNY, Economics of Double Cropping on NY Dairy Farms, Dairy Profit Teams Springboard Farms Into Future and Forage Focused Field Day Offers Timely Advice.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Calf & Heifer Congress - A National Draw with Local Impact, Production, Pests, and Profitability - On-Farm Education for Corn Growers, Feeder Basics Course Draws High Participation, Forage Quality Education Leads to Improved Feed for Dairies and Dairy Acceleration Program Leads to New Dairy Investment in NWNY Region

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Annual Report 2014

Our 2014 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region with Economics of Narrow Row Corn Grain Production, A Profitable Pastured Poultry Workshop, NWNY Team collaborates with NYCAMH to Boost Safety Compliance, Annie's Project a Success in Northwest New York Region and Field Crop Educational Presentations in High Demand.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region with the 2014 NY All Forage Fed Bull Test Concludes, Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) Cooperators, A Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2013, Nitrogen Fertility Drives Triticale Silage Yield and our own Dr. Jerry Bertoldo Receives Achievement Award from NACAA (The National Association of County Agricultural Agents).

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region with the team finding a new Soybean Disease in NWNY, Yates Farm Safety Day, Crop Alerts keep NWNY Growers Informed, Cost of Manure Injection on Dairy Farms and Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) a Boon for Local Farms.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Dairy Skills Training - Calf Care Management, Beef Workshops Certify Producers during BQA (NY State Beef Quality Assurance Committee) Month, Calf & Heifer Congress Continues to Serve the Dairy Industry, Updated Technology Provides an Advantage: LED Lighting & Long Day Photoperiod and Facebook Reaches the Masses in 2014.

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Annual Report 2013

Our 2013 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop specialists are making a difference in our region.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region.

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Group Care of Dairy Calves

Beginning in early 2011, Cornell Cooperative Extension's North West New York's Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team (NWNY Team) partnered with Cornell University faculty, agribusiness and produces to assess calf and financial performance on farms adopting a new group housing and feeding strategy for baby calves; followed by outreach.

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Soybean TAg Teams for Dairies

In 2012, a record 340,000 acres of soybeans were planted in NYS, up 26% from just three years ago.

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Tile Drainage Field Day

Commodity prices relative to input prices continue to remain favorable.

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AGR190 Western New York Agriculture

In the U.S. we enjoy the safest, most abundant food production systems in the world.

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Farm Disaster Preparedness Certificate Course

As a nation we depend on farms to produce a constant supply of safe, nutritious food.

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Annual Report 2012

Our 2012 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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Upcoming Events

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.  
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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 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.
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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. 

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Announcements

Producers Previously Enrolled in the LGM Program Now Eligible for MPP

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.
Eligible producers can enroll during the sign-up period at their local USDA service center. To locate your office, visit farmers.gov.


Smart Farming Team Technical Assistance Grant Application

The Labor Ready Farmer Project is offering grants to provide up to 12 hours of Technical Assistance (TA) consulting services to farms who want to make improvements to their farm's processes in hiring, training, managing or evaluating employees. Applicants will choose from one of the following four areas for TA assistance and identify a specific project. If selected they will be matched with a "Smart Farming Team" of consultants who will provide one on one technical assistance.
  • HIRING EMPLOYEES 101 - GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START
  • ONBOARDING & TRAINING EMPLOYEES QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY
  • FINE-TUNING & IMPROVING THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • H2-A READINESS
Please complete this application and send to Nicole Waters, Beginning Farm Project Coordinator for the Cornell Small Farms Program. The form can be submitted by email, mail or in-person at the address listed below. Please feel free to call or email with any questions.

Nicole Waters - Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator
Plant Science Building, Room 15b
Tower Road, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-9911
Email: nw42@cornell.edu

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.



USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Sa

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 ? The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers that was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. DMC offers 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.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that sign up for 
DMC will open by mid-June of this year. At the time of sign up, producers who elect a DMC coverage level between $8.00 and $9.50 would be eligible for a payment for January 2019.

For example, a dairy operation with an established production history of 3 million pounds (30,000 cwt.) that elects the $9.50 coverage level for 50 percent of its production could potentially be eligible to receive $1,887.50 for January.

Sample calculation:
$9.50 - $7.99 margin = $1.51 difference
$1.51 times 50 percent of production times 2,500 cwt. (30,000 cwt./12) = $1,887.50

The calculated annual premium for coverage at $9.50 on 50 percent of a 3-million-pound production history for this example would be $2,250.

Sample calculation:
3,000,000 times 50 percent = 1,500,000/100 = 15,000 cwt. times 0.150 premium fee = $2,250

Operations making a one-time election to participate in DMC through 2023 are eligible to receive a 25 percent discount on their premium for the existing margin coverage rates.

"Congress created the Dairy Margin Coverage program to provide an important financial safety net for dairy producers, helping them weather shifting milk and feed prices," FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. "This program builds on the previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy, carrying forward many of the program upgrades made last year based on feedback from producers. We're working diligently to implement the DMC program and other FSA programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill."

Additional details about DMC and other FSA farm bill program changes can be found at farmers.gov/farmbill.


Wyo. Co. Pesticide Applicator Training Session and Re-certification course

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is offering a pesticide applicator training session and re-certification course on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center. This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification Exam specific to the focus of their work. If applying for Core Re-certification credits, you must bring your Pesticide Certification ID card with you. This session will carry 3.50 Core Re-Certification Credits. This course is open to those seeking Private or Commercial Category Pesticide Applicator Certification.
1. Individual responsibilities with Cornell Cooperative Extension 
A. Please pre-register with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County for the training session only, by calling Don Gasiewicz at 585-786-2251 x113 or emailing him at drg35@cornell.edu.There is a $20 fee for extension enrollees and a $30 fee for non-enrollees. Any questions regarding the certification class can be directed to Don as well. 
B. You need to purchase the required training manual(s) from the CCE office. Manuals for all categories must be ordered through CCE. Once you know which manual(s) you need, contact Don to purchase and/or order. Questions regarding which manual(s) you may need to order, must be directed the NYSDEC at 716-851-7220 
2. Individual responsibilities with New York State DEC 
A. DEC Pesticides Test. The pesticide exam is conducted by the DEC and is held at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM for your convenience. 
B. NYSDEC requires advance registration to be eligible to take the certification exam. If you are planning to take the exam, you must first call the NYSDEC Pesticide Division at 716-851-7220 to discuss eligibility. 
C. If you are eligible, DEC will send you an exam packet, which you must fill out and return to them with your examination fee of $100. You must be pre-registered with DEC to take the exam. No walk-ins will be allowed. All questions regarding your certification should be directed to the DEC. Click here for flyer.


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.

https://nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=761&crumb=dairy|1

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