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2021 Working Paper by John Hanchar and Aaron Ristow

John Hanchar, Farm Business Management Specialist
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

July 23, 2021

Achieving Improved Soil Health Outcomes While Maintaining or Improving Economic Viability: Case Study of a Dairy Farm Business in the Genesee River Watershed, New York

John Hanchar, Cornell University/College of Agric. & Life Sciences/CCE/Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program, <>
Aaron Ristow, American Farmland Trust, <>


  • The owners and primary operators of the Mulligan Farm, a dairy farm business in the Genesee River Watershed of New York, like many farm business owners today, seek to achieve improved soil health and related outcomes while maintaining or improving economic performance.
  • The Mulligan Farm has successfully planned and implemented numerous cropping system changes designed to achieve improved soil health and related results.
  • Economic analysis suggests that successful implementation of soil health improving practices coincided with improved economic performance.

To view the full paper, please open PDF file below. 

Case Study of a Dairy Farm Business in the Genesee River Watershed, New York (pdf; 1200KB)
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Upcoming Events

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training

October 8, 2022
Attica, NY

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a nationwide certification program to help ensure a safe, wholesome, and quality beef product for consumers. Topics covered include herd health management, nutrition, behavior, and handling. Producers attending the training will become Level 2 certified. 

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Fall Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak

October 12, 2022

All poultry famers, hobbyists, and enthusiasts are invited to join Cornell Cooperative Extension's Livestock Program Work Team and NYS Agriculture and Markets to learn more about this disease, what we know so far about the current outbreak, and how we should prepare moving into the heart of the fall migration.

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2022 Feeder School - November 10

November 10, 2022

Join the NWNY Team Dairy Specialists for a one day on-farm training for dairy farm feeders. The training is offered in English and Spanish and will feature stations with hands-on activities and demonstrations.

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The NWNY Team Blog

Our goal for this blog is to share with farmers and allied industry professionals, technical and applicable resources regarding all aspects of dairy farming, livestock and small farms, field crops and soils, and topics related to farm business management and precision agriculture.

The blog will feature Crop Alerts, Dairy Alerts, Bilingual (Spanish) Resources, Upcoming Events and more from our team members. This blog is free for everyone to use, explore and enjoy. When new material is published, subscribers will receive an email notification.

We hope you enjoy this new platform, and are looking forward to engaging with you in the future!