Back to top

News & e-Alerts

All newly created PDFs and videos on this website are accessible. To request an accommodation to access a PDF or video, please contact calswebaccessibility@cornell.edu for assistance. In your message include the website address or URL of the material you would like to access and the specific problems you have encountered.

PRO-DAIRY News

Subscribe to RSS news feed

Guidance and Clarity on Waste Tires

Sep 24, 2019

DEC has extended the use of enforcement discretion for waste tires used to cover feed bunks. We will continue to work with DEC to develop workable tire recycling or disposal solutions. This extension is good until May 3, 2021 unless new rules are issued before then.

PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards

Aug 29, 2019

NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Director Tom Overton presented the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to Ted O’Hara, Auburn; Todd Ward, Delevan; and David Wood, West Charlton during the Dairy Day Recognition and Awards breakfast on August 29 at the NYS Fair.

Forage Seeding Timing

Jul 12, 2019

PRO-DAIRY Dairy Forage Systems Specialists addresses number of questions in an alert about timing of establishing a forage seeding.

Manure Applicator Training

Mar 21, 2019

Karl Czymmek, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, is partnering to offer manure applicator training at five sites statewide in March. Topics will include manure application and CAFO permits. All attendees will receive a Manure Applicator Training Certificate. This is a DEC approved manure applicator training (for CAFO farms).

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Manure Spreading Alert

Feb 7, 2019

Snowmelt, rain and frozen soil conditions are generating significant runoff. These conditions can cause problems in urban and rural areas. For dairy and livestock farms, if at all possible, do not apply manure in the current weather and soil conditions.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

The NY OSHA LEP was Renewed

Jan 16, 2019

Unannounced inspections can still take place for dairy farms with more than 10 employees. We advise all farms with more than 10 employees to review your safety programs and make sure you are up to date on safety training, have all of your Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and reach out to your resources to schedule any safety trainings you need to meet compliance.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

DEC's Emergency Alert

Dec 5, 2018

For farms that may be concerned about maintaining adequate storage capacity in the coming months, with nighttime temperatures around 20°F or below, the soil surface should be firming up enough to support field traffic for manure applications if they are necessary.

Harvest Strategies and Forage Quality Monitoring for Corn Silage

Sep 11, 2018

As part of the Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation program, we have focused significant attention over the last two growing seasons on the interactions between growing environment and corn silage forage quality. While this work is still developing, it does build on earlier knowledge of the impact of growing conditions on plant development, and provides some insight into managing the corn silage crop for forage quality.

Agriservice Awards Presented at the Great NYS Fair

Aug 30, 2018


NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Specialists presented the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to George Mueller, Willow Bend Farm, Clifton Springs; Gerald R. Bertoldo, DVM, Batavia; and Peggy Murray, Copenhagen during the Dairy Day Recognition and Awards breakfast on August 30 at the NYS Fair. These awards are given in appreciation and recognition of outstanding contributions to NYS agriculture through support of PRO-DAIRY.
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Mortality Disposal Guidance

Jul 31, 2018

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a letter to New York dairy and livestock producers with mortality disposal guidance, signed by David Smith, DVM, Director, Division of Animal Industry.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Keeping Cows Cool

Jul 11, 2018

PRO-DAIRY's Curt Gooch provides resources on direct evaporative cooling (sprinklers) at the feed bunk, holding areas and return alleys to mitigate heat stress.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Calling All NY Dairy Farmers!

Jul 10, 2018

The New York Farm Viability Institute and PRO-DAIRY are conducting a survey to better understand the research, education and training needs of your dairy business.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Air Emissions Reporting Stay Extended until May

Feb 2, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on February 1 granted EPA’s motion to delay (“stay”) air emission reporting requirements for livestock operations until May 1, 2018. We hope that this will give the agency, and perhaps Congress, time to help provide additional clarity to the situation.

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Manure Spreading (2018)

Jan 10, 2018

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Snow and Cold Resources

Jan 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor urges employees and employers engaged in snow removal and cleanup and other cold weather activities to be aware of potential hazards.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Waste Tire Usage on Farms

Dec 22, 2017

In September, the Department of Environmental Conservation released the final regulations for Part 360 (Solid Waste Management), including limits on storage of waste tires while allowing for “beneficial use” of tires to hold down covers with certain restrictions for on-farm uses. NYFB provided comments to DEC prior to the completion of the regulator changes and they organized a group that includes farmers, advisors, PRO-DAIRY and NEDPA, to work further with DEC.

2017 NYS & VT Corn Silage Trial Data Tables

Nov 30, 2017

Preliminary data from Cumberland Valley Analytical Services has been received and PRO-DAIRY has released a preliminary New York & Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Trials report containing the data tables and basic information.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018

Nov 22, 2017

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted EPA’s motion for a further stay of its April 11, 2017 decision, which will end the 2008 manure air emission exemption, and trigger air emission reports under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Emissions

Nov 16, 2017

From EPA's website: "No reporting is required until the Court issues its order, or mandate, enforcing the April 11, 2017, decision. EPA will update this guidance to provide farmers with notice of when the mandate issues and reporting requirements begin. Please check this website frequently. Once the mandate is issued, farms should submit an initial continuous release notification to the National Response Center for qualifying releases that occur within a 24-hour period."

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

No court ruling yet, but new Summary from NMPF

Nov 14, 2017

At midnight tonight, a stay of the court’s decision that the EPA had requested and received back in May will expire. EPA has requested an additional 60 days which would extend the stay until at least January 17, 2018. NMPF has continually urged farmers to not report until the legal process has run its course.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet.

Nov 8, 2017

The court asked for the November 15, 2017 deadline to be extended at least through January 17, 2018 to give EPA a chance to submit its interpretation that EPCRA 304 reporting is not necessary to a rulemaking process and to allow it to refine the CERCLA reporting form. This will also give farms time to understand the reporting requirements. For this reason, NMPF recommends that farms do NOT call the National Response Center (NRC) at least until November 15 and, then only if the court does not extend the deadline.

Updated - Dairy Ammonia Loss Worksheet

Nov 7, 2017

This updated worksheet assists farms in performing a good faith estimate of minimum and maximum ammonia emissions from their farmstead.  If you are using the worksheet dated 2009, please download and use this one instead. 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

New Information on Air Emissions Reporting

Nov 2, 2017

This update includes how to find out if your farm signed the EPA Compliance Agreement in 2005, what National Milk is doing on this topic, and actions a farm could be doing now if they didn’t participate in the Agreement.
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

CAFO Related Manure Storage Funding

Sep 22, 2017

This past spring the NYS budget included funding for CAFO related manure storage. More information about the CAFO Waste Storage and Transfer Program eligibility, request for proposals and application is on the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Current Funding Opportunities page.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Fall Harvest

Sep 14, 2017

This alert includes: Measure corn silage dry matter for best results; Silage Leachate: Collection systems may need more focus this year; and 2017 Update: Bunker Silo Safety Reminder from the OSHA Work Group.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

PRO-DAIRY Presents Agriservice Awards

Aug 30, 2017

NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and PRO-DAIRY Director Thomas Overton presented the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to David Fisher and Lou Anne King, Mapleview Dairy, Madrid and Russ Saville, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Fort Ann, during Dairy Day at the NYS Fair on Thursday, August 31.

2017 Corn Diseases and Plant Health in a Wet Growing Season

Jul 24, 2017

The current 2017 wet/rainy weather and high humidity can create a situation where diseases can become an issue in corn. While there are several foliar diseases that can occur on corn under these conditions, gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight have been especially problematic over the last several years.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Shoreline septic systems deserve a closer look

Jul 17, 2017

Most of the unusable phosphorus (P) excreted by dairy cattle is contained in their feces, and much of this P is in undigested feed particles that rumen microbes could not unlock. Unlike cows, 2/3 of the P excreted by humans is in our urine, and this P is highly bioavailable, meaning our “P” is readily available to plants. While we may not be commercially harvesting human urine for fertilizer anytime soon, some of it may very well be an important fertilizer for organisms such as cyanobacteria (AKA: blue-green algae) and nuisance weeds that live in our lakes.

PRO-DAIRY Increases Agricultural Engineering Capacity for BMP Implementation in the Lake Champlain Basin.

Jul 11, 2017

Using funds from New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program,  PRO-DAIRY teamed up with Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) to educate engineers to increase the private sector agricultural engineering capacity in the Vermont Lake Champlain Basin.
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Hail Damage: Resources for Replanting Decisions

Jun 28, 2017

Reports of hail have come in from various areas of the state, worse in some areas than others.  If hail was significant in your area it is important to get out and look at fields to assess damage. 

Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days 2017

May 16, 2017

Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 8 through 10 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls, NY.  The 2017 Dairy Profit Seminars will include Robotics and Maximizing Milk Per Box: Grouping and Feeding; Transitioning to Automatic Milking Systems:  What Have We Learned?; and Is your farm a Member of the 7 Pound Club? Leading dairy producers into the next frontier of maximizing pounds of components produced, while maintaining profitability. The seminars are a collaboration between Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and DairyBusiness & HolsteinWorld magazine. Each session will be held at the Dairy Seminar Center, located on the show grounds. They are free and open to the public.
 

Monitoring First Cut Harvest Timing

May 9, 2017

First cutting can represent a significant portion of your total hay crop for the year and has the potential to be very high quality feed if harvested at the correct timing. To help you monitor that timing there are tools available.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

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).

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

CAFO General Permits Issued

Jan 27, 2017

DEC has released the final CAFO General Permit. The DEC CAFO General Permit web page is now live and associated links will come back online as they are updated. CAFO Road Shows are being scheduled and more information will be provided when the details are finalized.
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

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.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) changes go into effect this January. Are you prepared?

Oct 13, 2016

Most in the dairy industry are aware of recent guidance coming from the FDA as part of the agency’s policies on judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs. As the final phase of implementation approaches, now is a good time to remind everyone what has changed regarding feed-use and water-use antibiotic products which were, up until now, purchased over the counter (OTC).

Field Crops Program Survey

Sep 27, 2016

As the Field Crops Extension Program faces many changes we are seeking stakeholder input on setting priorities for the future of our programs. We encourage you to take the time to provide your thoughts and help us shape future programming.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

When can OSHA investigate death or serious injury of a farm owner?

Sep 6, 2016

Owners and employees in family farm businesses often have close relationships, so when unexpected tragedy strikes, beyond a serious injury or precious loss of a life, it is often that much more difficult because a friend or family member is involved. Recent farm tragedies in NYS have raised the question of when may OSHA investigate an owner-related death or serious injury?

Jon Greenwood and Rick Zimmerman Receive the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Award

Aug 26, 2016

NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and PRO-DAIRY Director Thomas Overton will present the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to Jon Greenwood, Greenwood Dairy, Canton and Rick Zimmerman, Executive Director, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, Albany during Dairy Day at the NYS Fair on Monday, August 29. These awards are given in appreciation and recognition of outstanding contributions to NYS agriculture through support of the PRO-DAIRY program.

Forage Management Resources

Aug 22, 2016

Dairy Forage Management Specialist Joe Lawrence has posted new resources Setting the Stage for Success: Corn Silage Harvest and Late Summer Alfalfa Harvest? Take Labor Day Off!
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Resources for Forage Management in a Drought Situation

Aug 9, 2016

Much of the state has experienced below normal precipitation with varying levels of drought conditions affecting large areas. Resources for Forage Management in a Drought Situation outlines many considerations related to forage management and provides a list of more detailed information on many related topics.

DAP Funds Spur Innovation on a Castile, NY

Jul 29, 2016

Silver Meadow Farms, LLC, a 200-milking-cow dairy in the town of Castile, near Silver Lake, used Dairy Acceleration Program funds to evaluate feasibility of robotic milking machines and to update their environmental management plan.
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Spring Safety Reminder!

May 11, 2016

When facing the rush of late spring conditions remember that operators need enough rest to stay safe and productive!

Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days

May 1, 2016

The 2016 Dairy Profit Seminars will include Enhanced herd health through effective protocol management on August 9, Spreading the Word – Manure: The Planning and Implementation Process on August 10 and The Changing Labor Environment – Responses and Approaches on August 11. The seminars are a collaboration between Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY and DairyBusiness & HolsteinWorld magazine.

PRO-DAIRY hires Joe Lawrence as Dairy Forage Crop Production System Specialist

Apr 22, 2016

PRO-DAIRY has hired Joe Lawrence as Dairy Forage Crop Production System Specialist. This newly created Extension Associate position enhances the capacity of PRO-DAIRY. As Forage Crop Production System Specialist, Lawrence will focus on optimizing home-grown forage production and utilization for economic and environmental benefits, including use of impact evaluation tools such as whole farm nutrient balance assessments.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

EPA comments and the NYS CAFO Permit

Apr 19, 2016

Some concerns have circulated about comments to the draft NYS CAFO permit from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All submitted comments are posted on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) web site. The Water Quality Work Group will continue to observe updates and remain engaged with Department of Agriculture and Markets and Department of Environmental Conservation staff as appropriate.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

DAP Funding

Apr 1, 2016

Additional funding from the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the Dairy Acceleration Program.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

2016 Updated Water Use Calculator

Feb 26, 2016

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has released a new water use form for reporting this year, which can be downloaded from PRO-DAIRY’s manure management website or from DEC's website. In previous years, the form could be automatically completed by the calculator, however due to the new DEC form, users will have to transfer values from the calculator to the new DEC form manually.

PRO-DAIRY hires Dr. Robert Lynch as Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist

Dec 23, 2015

PRO-­‐DAIRY  has  hired  Dr.  Robert  A.  Lynch,  DVM  as  Senior  Extension  Associate  –  Dairy  Herd  Health  and  Management  Specialist.  This  newly created  position  enhances  the  capacity  of PRO-­‐DAIRY  and  results  from  a  response  to  industry  needs  and  increased  funding  from  New  York  
State  in  2015  –  2016.    

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

e-Alert: Sept 15 Bunker Silo Safety Reminder

Sep 2, 2015

Bunker Silo Safety Reminder from the OSHA Work Group
Corn silage harvest is fast approaching. Days are getting shorter. Before harvest begins, be sure to get the crew together for a safety meeting. Please review this general list of ideas for a safe harvest season.

PRO-DAIRY Presents the 2015 PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards

Aug 31, 2015

NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and PRO‐DAIRY Director Thomas Overton presented the PRO‐DAIRY Agriservice Awards to Meghan Hauser and Willard DeGolyer, representing Table Rock Farm, Castile and Gary Gardner, Alta Genetics, Syracuse during Dairy Day at the NYS Fair on Monday, August 31.

Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days 2015

Jun 3, 2015

Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 11 through 13 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls, NY. 
 
 

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

DEC - Well Water Contamination

Mar 25, 2015

Spreading Alert from DEC: Manure movement possible in thawing/wet conditions. Unless able to inject or incorporate, hold liquid manure until soils are drier and conditions have stabilized.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

2015 Updated Water Use Calculator

Feb 26, 2015

2014 Water Use Reporting Deadline to NYS DEC:
March 31, 2013
In cooperation with NYS DEC Division of Water, the Cornell PRO-DAIRY environmental management group updated the “PRO-DAIRY Dairy Farm Water Use Calculator” that can be used by dairy producers and their key advisors to estimate dairy water use by dairy farm operations.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

Update on OSHA Inspections

Feb 23, 2015

Farm Credit East hosted a webinar in conjunction with NEDPA, New York Farm Bureau, PRO-DAIRY and NYCAMH to look at the findings from OSHA inspections that took place last year.

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert

e-Alert: Feb 15 OSHA Webinar

Feb 13, 2015

Join us for a webinar on Feb. 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM EST. Farm Credit East in conjunction with NEDPA, New York Farm Bureau, PRO-DAIRY and NYCAMH will sponsor a webinar to look at the findings from OSHA inspections that took place last year.

Winter Dairy Management 2015

Jan 28, 2015

Increase  Milk  Components  Profitably Winter  Dairy  Management  meetings  provide  local  access  to  current  research.  Register  with  your local  Cornell  Cooperative  Extension  office. Farm  Service  Agency  borrower  credits are  available  for  this  program.

Calf Management Training Program

Jan 21, 2015

Cornell Cooperative Extension and the University of Vermont will be offering programs this winter focusing on calf management and care.

e-Alert: Jan 15 Milk Quality Workshops

Jan 20, 2015

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell PRO-DAIRY and Quality Milk Production Services are partnering to offer a three-day regional milk quality training program starting in January.

e-Alert: Jan 15 DAP Funding Opportunity

Jan 16, 2015

Additional funding from the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the Dairy Acceleration Program. New in this round of funding is inclusion of the design of Best Management Practices.

e-Alert: Jan 15 Insurance Lesson

Jan 10, 2015

Wisconsin insurance case offers lessons for farmers.  A Wisconsin Supreme Court last year found that a Wisconsin dairy farmer who allegedly caused groundwater contamination by spreading manure on his fields was not covered by a farm liability insurance policy.

e-Alert: Jan 15 OSHA Update on Injuries

Jan 5, 2015

OSHA has new record keeping rules that expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA and updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records.

Milk Quality Training Workshops

Dec 10, 2014

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell PRO-DAIRY and Quality Milk Production Services are partnering to offer a three-day regional milk quality training program.

e-Alert: Nov 14 OSHA Inspections

Nov 19, 2014

Though OSHA inspections stopped after September 30, PRO-DAIRY was informed by OSHA staff that the dairy LEP for New York State will continue for this fiscal year that runs through October 2015.

e-Alert: Nov 14 Snow Loads

Nov 12, 2014

The recent accumulation of snow in many areas throughout NY State has caused some agricultural buildings to fail.  PRO-DAIRY has recommendations for safe snow removal.

e-Alert: CAFO Road Show 2014

Oct 4, 2014

Cornell Pro-Dairy, NEDPA, NYFB and Farm Credit East announce a new CAFO Roadshow in cooperation with the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets, and USDA-NRCS.

Karl Czymmek

Taking Care of (Manure) Business

Sep 1, 2014

A recent newsletter of the Northeast Dairy Producers Association printed an open letter to dairy producers from a dairy industry water quality work group formed to address concerns over numerous manure related well contamination and runoff events that occurred in early 2014.

Letter from OSHA about the NY Dairy Local Emphasis Program

May 1, 2014

May, 2014 - Congressman Richard Hanna received a letter from David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), that responds to concerns about implementation of the New York Dairy Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and defines temporary farm workers and labor camps in regards to the LEP.

OSHA LEP Update

Apr 11, 2014

The NY State OSHA work group has been involved in numerous conversations with OSHA and NY-DOL
staff relating to the upcoming Local Emphasis Program (LEP) dairy inspections in NYS.