Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Enrollment

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  • Dairy Management
  • Farm Business Management
  • Field Crops
  • Livestock & Small Farms

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  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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ResourcesWe have compiled a list of useful resources for farmers, consultants and agri-business professionals, organized by category. We hope that these websites can provide you with additional information and guidance.


Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)

The Cornell Cooperative Extension website provides an overview of CCE programs across New York State.

Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program

The vision of the Cornell University's Nutrient Management Spear Program is to assess current knowledge, identify research and educational needs, conduct applied, field and laboratory-based research, facilitate technology and knowledge transfer, and aid in the on-farm implementation of beneficial strategies for field crop nutrient management, including timely application of organic and inorganic nutrient sources to improve profitability and competitiveness of New York State farms while protecting the environment. For more information about our program activities see our latest (3-2-2013) Program Report.

What's Cropping Up

Newsletter for New York Field Crops and Soils

Cornell Field Crops Home Page

Providing timely field crops, soil and pest management information to the agricultural community of New York State.

NYS IPM Program

Developing sustainable ways to manage pests and help people to use methods that minimize environmental, health, and economic risks.

The Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory

Provide accurate and cost effective analysis of soil (Cornell Soil Health Test, Illinois Soil Nutrient Test, other specialized soil tests), plant and water samples.

Cornell Soil Health

Information to help you return your soil to a healthy state or keep an already good soil productive.

Precision Agriculture

An excellent website for Precision Agriculture Resources.


Cornell Small Farms Program

NE Beginning Farmer Program


Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management











calendar of events

Upcoming Events

Feed Dealer's Meeting

December 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Batavia, NY

The Feed Dealer Seminars are specifically targeted for nutritionists, veterinarians, crop and management consultants, extension educators, and dairy producers with specific interest in nutrition-oriented topics. They are designed to blend the latest concepts in feeding and other management aspects of dairies with field level application. They have been conducted annually as a road show with multiple sites in New York for many years with an additional Vermont location held during the past several years in collaboration with the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance.

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Calf & Heifer Congress - 2017 "Rising Above the Challenges"

December 6 - December 7, 2017

East Syracuse, NY

Registration Now Open!

Click here to view a video highlighting the excellent programming you can expect at Calf & Heifer Congress!

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Navigating the Ag Labor Maze

December 7, 2017
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Geneva, NY

Do you hire, or are considering hiring, migrant or foreign-born labor? Do you want to improve your skills in supervising employees who come from diffeent cultures, especially workers from Mexico and Central America?

This workshop is for you!

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NMPF Recommends Dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet

By: Karl Czymmek and Curt Gooch

Based on new information from NMPF, producers SHOULD NOT report before next Wednesday, November 15, 2017. 

NMPF indicates that this action is unrelated to the deadline extension request that is under legal review. We will pass on new information about the possible extension as it becomes available, probably sometime next week.

EPA has released the following statement:

“Farms with continuous releases must submit their initial continuous release notification starting on November 15, 2017.

Due to the potential for large call volumes to the National Response Center (NRC), we are establishing an email option for initial continuous release notifications. The system should be available by November 15, 2017.

Farm owners/operators may use the email option once it is available, rather than calling the NRC. This expedited option will allow one email notification for owners/operators with multiple farms.”

Late yesterday afternoon, PRO-DAIRY staff spoke with NMPF legal counsel. There is a lot going on to address a range of concerns generated by EPA’s emission reporting deadline under CERCLA that was announced on 10-26-17. EPA has filed a motion requesting that the court extend the stay on its mandate to end the 2008 exemption, which will trigger the reporting requirement. Specifically, the court asked for the November 15, 2017 deadline to be extended at least through January 17, 2018 to give EPA a chance to submit its interpretation that EPCRA 304 reporting is not necessary to a rulemaking process and to allow it to refine the CERCLA reporting form. This will also give farms time to understand the reporting requirements. For this reason, NMPF recommends that farms do NOT call the National Response Center (NRC) at least until November 15 and, then only if the court does not extend the deadline. Reportedly, some dairy farms in the US have called and this has prompted unannounced response by police and/or fire departments.

In the meantime, farms can discuss an approach with legal counsel and may consider an estimation tool to use when the time comes. EPA has indicated that a good faith estimate of emissions includes use of a range of methods or tools. EPA has provided, and NMPF also supports, using the emissions estimation factors for ammonia and hydrogen sulfide that are found on the last page of the document at the Dairy Operation" Continuous Release Report Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) link.

Using the high daily emissions factor from the link above, it would take 1,428 cows to trigger the 100 pounds of ammonia threshold. The advantage of the document is ease of use (one high and low threshold factor for total herd count) and it also includes an emissions factor for hydrogen sulfide. Depending on farm goals and risk assessment, producers may consider estimating ammonia emissions by using the University of Nebraska worksheet (also provided on the EPA website), or the PRO-DAIRY dairy specific ammonia worksheet based on the University of Nebraska tool.

When we last visited the hydrogen sulfide emissions topic in 2009, we concluded that it would take several thousand cows to trigger the 100 pound daily emission threshold. As a result, in any situation we can imagine, ammonia emissions should trigger the reporting threshold well before hydrogen sulfide. 

Latest Dairy Market Watch

An educational newsletter to keep producers informed of changing market factors affecting the dairy industry. How to Read Dairy Market Watch. Dairy Market Watch -  October 2017

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