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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.