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Heavy Rain and Runoff Provides an Opportunity

Apr 7, 2017
Flood warnings are posted for much of NYS through Saturday, April 8. Be curious. Don’t miss this chance to improve your ability to understand water movement in your landscape and better manage risk in wet weather conditions. Read more

Take Stock of Manure Storage Needs

Mar 30, 2017
For many parts of NYS, not for the first time, March 2017 provided deep snow and saturated wet conditions that presented significant manure related challenges, especially to daily spread and short term storage operations. While the conditions are still fresh, every operation should take stock of manure storage options and look for ways to avoid application in these situations Read more

Manure Spreading

Mar 27, 2017
NYSDEC is warning farmers to be aware of the current and rapidly changing weather conditions. We are entering a very risky time for manure applications. The National Weather Service is predicting substantial snowmelt and periods of rain in many parts of the State. Rainfall on snowpack will saturate soils and creates a high risk for significant runoff.

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Removal of Heavy Snow Loads from Barn Roofs

Mar 15, 2017
The recent accumulation of snow in many areas throughout New York State has caused some agricultural buildings to fail. Failure can be the result of several items linked to the snow load present on the building. Removal of significant snow accumulations off of a barn roof is best performed in a systematic way to reduce the risk of injury or death to both barn occupants and those working on the roof. Removing roof snow without a proper approach may actually cause more damage than if left alone in some cases by creating an unbalanced and/or concentrated roof load. Read more

Record Attendance at Operations Managers Conference

Feb 15, 2017
The Operation Managers Conference Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops and Technology held January 24 and 25 in Syracuse drew a record attendance. The conference is presented in partnership with Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA). Read more

Water Use Reporting Calculator

Feb 14, 2017
Water use reporting is required for New York State dairy farms that use large quantities of water. PRO-DAIRY has updated its Dairy Water Use “Calculator” that can be used with the NYSDEC Reporting Forms. This year’s reporting deadline is March 31, 2017. Read more

Register Now for CAFO Roadshow

Nov 10, 2016
New York Farm Bureau and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association will host a CAFO Roadshow in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell PRO-DAIRY. This series of four seminars across the state will highlight the changes in the recently released CAFO permits and help producers understand how to prepare for compliance and decide which permit is right for their farm. All CAFO farms must be covered by the new permit by July 24, 2017. Read more