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MPP-Dairy – If You Are Not Signed Up – Should You Reconsider?

May 25, 2018
While spring field activities are well underway, a key deadline is approaching quickly – June 1 to participate in the MPP-Dairy program. In February 2018 Congress approved modifications to the MPP program, which potentially changed the value of the program for small to midsize dairy producers. Read more

NYS Supreme Court Ruling Finds Problems with the NYS Clean Water Act Permit

Apr 26, 2018
Environmental groups sued NYS DEC claiming that aspects of the Clean Water Act Permit (GP-0-16-002) do not meet Clean Water Act requirements. The ECL Permit was not challenged. The full implications of the April 24 NYS Supreme Court Decision are not yet known, but the Court found that the permit process should allow for more public engagement to meet the public participation requirements of the Clean Water Act. More information will be shared as it becomes available. Read more

Manure and Road Reminder

Apr 12, 2018
With warmer weather finally in the forecast, farms are poised to move a lot of manure in the coming weeks. Before transferring manure to fields, check soil conditions, tile outlets and weather forecast to see if prohibited or high risk conditions are present or if heavy or persistent rain is in the forecast. During wet weather, the CAFO Permit indicates that the Revised Winter and Wet Weather Guidelines should be followed. Read more

Changes to the Margin Protection Program

Feb 16, 2018
Based upon predictions of milk prices in the coming months, the next period of time looks to be even more challenging for our dairy farms than it has been. Dr. Andy Novakovic from Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management authored a short paper focused on the recent changes to the Margin Protection Program incorporated into the passage of the federal budget bill. Read more

Herd Manager Training in March

Feb 6, 2018
The Herd Manager Training is an educational program for dairy farmers, dairy farm employees and agri-service people who work directly with dairy cows.  The program is designed to increase participant’s knowledge of best management practices for dairy cattle management. Read more

Transition Cow Management Online Course Offered

Feb 2, 2018
Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY is offering a seven-week Transition Cow Management online course April 2 through May 18, 2018. Topics include: nutritional strategies for transition cows, fresh cow health management, metabolic disease, non-nutritional management and monitoring health. Read more