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Beef x Dairy Workshop - Postponed to Winter time!

April 27, 2022
November 23, 2022

Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future

June 29, 2022

2022 Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Field Days

July 13, 2022
July 20, 2022
July 25, 2022
July 28, 2022
August 2, 2022
August 4, 2022
August 9, 2022
August 25, 2022
August 31, 2022

Pasture Walk

July 13, 2022
Gainesville, NY

More to Hay Moisture than Fire Risk

Last Modified: June 21, 2022
More to Hay Moisture than Fire Risk

Heat damage and spontaneous combustion risks should always be at the forefront of hay moisture considerations, however, over drying can diminish forage quality. Focusing on baling at optimal moisture levels might be one way forage producers can improve their forage quality.


Live Bans for Fowl Shows, Swaps, Meets, Auctions, and Sales Have Been Lifted

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: June 7, 2022
Live Bans for Fowl Shows, Swaps, Meets, Auctions, and Sales Have Been Lifted

Officials have made the decision to lift the bans on fowl shows, swaps, meets, auctions, and sales. White poultry shows and commerce are getting back to normal, we still need to take precautions to keep our birds safe from Avian Flu.


7 Business Planning Considerations for On-Farm Dairy Processing

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: June 3, 2022
7 Business Planning Considerations for On-Farm Dairy Processing

With the current volatile dairy market, rising input costs, and continued challenges in commercial dairy production, dairy farm owners are looking for new ways to improve their profitability. If you're a dairy farmer interested in diversifying or vertically integrating your business, one option could be on-farm processing of raw milk into value-added goods and bottled fluid milk for sale. While this might seem like a fun, lucrative, and sustainable new venture at first glance, it's important to consider how you'll need to adjust and address your farm's business plan to accommodate for this change. 


New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

Last Modified: June 2, 2022
New York State Farm Directory launching in June 2022

From our friends at Cornell CALS 

As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension's role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. 


So, What Adds Value to a Beef Calf?

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 31, 2022
So, What Adds Value to a Beef Calf?

Pre-conditioning through castration, vaccinations, weaning, and deworming can all add value to a calf, while providing a robust animal to buyers for their finishing stages of production.


Seeking Participants for Pastured Broiler Cost of Production Study

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 13, 2022
Seeking Participants for Pastured Broiler Cost of Production Study

The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is currently seeking participant farmers in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties to take part in a study that will evaluate the true costs of production in pastured broiler enterprises. Farmers will be compensated for their time on the project. If you're interested in learning more, reach out to Amy Barkley at amb544@cornell.edu or 716-640-0844.


2022 Goat Industry Update

Last Modified: May 9, 2022
2022 Goat Industry Update

This article written by Ken McMillin and Frank Pinkerton gives insight into goat production trends in the United States for this year and years previous. While broad in scope, it will help readers understand goat markets from a whole system prospective.


Navigating, Valuing, and Negotiating Land Leases

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 2, 2022
Navigating, Valuing, and Negotiating Land Leases

Presentation recording from April 21st, 2022 and supporting resources. 


4.21.22 Navigating, Valuing, and Negotiating Land Leases Materials

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: April 21, 2022

Let's Talk About Making a Profit

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: April 20, 2022

Profit. It seems that the term "profit" stirs different types of emotion into farmers' hearts whenever I try to casually bring it up in kitchen table conversations. For some, profit has always been a goal - will always be a goal - and is tracked from year-to-year, or even month-to-month. For others, profit is a lofty idea that, in theory, the farm strives for - as long as they don't have to pay in any income taxes at the end of the year. Yet, for some, profit is a "bad word" and definitely not the right reason to be in the business of farming.


6 Reasons Why You Might Want to Drag Your Feet to the Carbon Credit Market

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: April 5, 2022
6 Reasons Why You Might Want to Drag Your Feet to the Carbon Credit Market

For some, selling carbon credits can be a helpful and efficient way to boost/diversify farm income. Especially since most of the practices that are used to sequester carbon also provide added soil health and additional benefits to the farmstead. Now, here are some key considerations and questions that you should consider before jumping right in. 


USDA AMS Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Now Accepting Applications

Last Modified: April 5, 2022
USDA AMS Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Now Accepting Applications

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program assists currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program. Applications are due May 24, 2022.






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Baby Mama Drama (Goat Reproduction and Kidding)

June 29, 2022

Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future

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