For nearly 30 years PRO-DAIRY has linked New York’s dairy farmers and agribusiness professionals to critical research and resources, giving them the information they need to build and manage robust businesses. PRO-DAIRY’s contributions to educational programming and applied research have helped New York farmers continue to lead in milk production and remain among the top dairy states. According to national agriculture statistics, New York has been a national leader in dairy growth for the past 10 years. Through its research, discussion groups, educational programs, financial analysis, websites, publications and personal contacts, the Cornell University based program reaches thousands of dairy professionals annually.
The 2016 PRO-DAIRY Annual Report reviews the many highly successful — and results-driven — PRO-DAIRY programs.
PRO-DAIRY specialists provide expertise in farm-level economic development, environmental stewardship, on-farm renewable energy, and develop future farm leaders in New York by:
- Training farmers on the Dairy Profit Monitor tool. Participating farmers increased net milk income by $187,471 annually – that’s a $13 million annual economic impact;
- Working with dairy farmers, agribusiness professionals, and Extension educators across the state to improve dairy farm profitability and meet business and personal goals. During 2014 and 2015, 120 farms (representing more than 100,000 cows) that worked with PRO-DAIRY specialists on the Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program reinvested more than $145 million in their businesses and increased jobs by nearly 10%. The vast majority of this investment supports local contractors, supply, and equipment businesses across rural New York;
- Assisting farmers in regulatory compliance and farm safety training to meet new OSHA standards;
- Developing professional skill of owners and employees, and inspiring young people through the Junior Dairy LEADER program to seek further education at SUNY colleges and Cornell, leading to careers related to dairy farming and allied agribusiness in New York;
- Providing leadership to the Dairy Acceleration Program, an initiative of Governor Cuomo in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Markets and Department of Environmental Conservation;
- And, collaborating with more than 130 businesses and organizations in the state to provide leadership within New York’s dairy industry.