Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Enrollment

Program Areas

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

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  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Ag Focus Newsletter
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Introduction to MeatSuite

Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

February 2, 2016

MeatSuite started in 2012 in 9 counties and is adding 16 counties in targeted outreach. You can still participate if your county is not targeted; those 16 will have targeted consumer outreach. MeatSuite is designed to increase freezer trade sales of local meat by connecting farms with consumers. Farms can create profiles featuring contact information, prices, photographs, and descriptions of products, practices, and more. Consumers visit the site to search for farms that match their buying preferences.

The directory is FREE for farms and consumers. Creating a profile is an easy way to reach new potential customers and expand your farm's online presence. MeatSuite offers you an opportunity to explain to consumers why your farm is unique. The directory is open to all meat products raised on your farm. Take some time and look at other profiles; this will give you ideas for developing your profile. There are many terms and claims (breeds, pricing, types of feeds, etc.) to describe your farm and practices. Under the tab, Learn More, there are pages to help you, and also to help consumers. There are instructions posted under the About tab, then How to Sign up. It works best to develop your profile first then enter it into the site.

Each profile will be reviewed prior to posting. Remember, sales are all on a bulk basis, such as quarters or halves. Prices include processing and must be posted. If you use more than one processor, use the higher cost in calculating your price per pound. For
rabbit and poultry, list price as $/lb for the whole animal or $/animal. You must list a price for each product! "TBD" or "contact for price" is not acceptable. Products without prices will not be listed on your farm profile. Stay away from false claims; your reputation is at stake.

While we cannot guarantee that MeatSuite will generate sales for you, we encourage you to take a few minutes to join. It's easy, fast, and free, and the more farms that join, the more consumers will see MeatSuite as a great shopping resource. It is another tool in the marketing toolbox. There is also a MeatSuite Facebook page, too.

Matt LeRoux, CCE Tompkins County has done comparative pricing of bulk and retail cuts with grocery stores in the Ithaca area. For example, bulk prices save consumers $150-200 for the equivalent of a mixed quarter of beef. By selling meat in bulk, a farmer can utilize a USDA or New York licensed processor.

For questions regarding the site, send an email to

After farms get listed, the next step will be to promote the site to consumers. There will be some workshops across the state to promote the site and bulk meat purchasing, plus postcards to distribute.

See you on MeatSuite!

MeatSuite Tips (pdf; 320KB)
  • Tips on signing up for MeatSuite.











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Upcoming Events

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Penn Yan

September 17, 2019
10:00am to Noon
Penn Yan, NY

Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 
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Ontario County Fun on the Farm

September 21, 2019
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Seneca Castle, NY

Fun on the Farm works to educate non-farm public and our neighbors about agriculture around them. It is fun and educational.

Fun on the Farm attracts thousands of people and gives us the opportunity to communicate to the community the benefits of the agricultural production in Ontario County, the state, and the nation.

The event is free! There are many agricultural products that are available to be sampled. It is the perfect place to try that product you have seen in the store but didn't want to commit to purchasing.

Food is available to purchase for lunch. It is provided by a local service group.
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Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

September 24 - September 25, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Shortsville, NY


This two-day AI workshop will be held on September 24 and 25. 

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

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Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms

If you're wondering how to get your farm business in compliance with NYS Sexual Harassment Regulations, you've come to the right place.  The 2018 New York State budget included new regulations addressing sexual harassment in the workplace that became effective on October 9, 2018 for all New York employers, including agricultural employers. All employers are required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy and to provide annual, interactive sexual harassment prevention training for all employees.  Check out the resources developed by Cornell Ag Workforce Development, including step-by-step instructions and farm-friendly training videos.

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions

June 29, 2019

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions
for 2019 Crop Year

In response to delayed and prevented planting resulting from above average rainfall and wetness, the USDA Risk Management Agency has made a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules that effectively allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be acceptable as a post-prevented planting cover crop. Under this one-time rule change, producers are allowed to produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment. This change couples with previously announced one-time changes to the prevented planting rules - including expanded acceptable uses for post-prevented planting cover crops and a change in the cover crop haying and grazing start date rule - serve to help those struggling to meet their forage needs due to the weather.

Read the full article from the New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

The USDA-RMA states that "For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement." PRO-DAIRY specialists Joe Lawrence and Karl Czymmek and Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor and Director of Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program have released a letter stating "Corn on Prevented Planting acres meets these objectives."