Event Details


January 16, 2020


2:30pm - 4pm


28 Parkside Drive
Ellicottville, NY 14731


This event is free.


Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program

Pre-Registration Deadline: January 13, 2020


*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Ellicottville

January 16, 2020

*CANCELLED* Farm Labor Law Info Sessions - Ellicottville
Due to legal action from Northeast Dairy Producers Association and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association, the upcoming Department of Labor Infosessions, scheduled for January 16th in Portland and Ellicottville & January 23rd in Hornell are cancelled. We do hope to reschedule them after the January 24th court hearing, but won't be able to confirm that until later this month. In the meantime, if farmers have any questions regarding the new labor laws, they can visit Cornell's Ag Workforce Development website, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, or call the NYS Department of Labor at 833-NY-FARMS (1-833-693-2767). 

Join Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with SWNYDLFC, and Agriculture Labor Specialists from NYS Department of Labor (DOL) to learn more about the new Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and how it will affect your farm business.

NYSDOL Ag Specialists will be on hand to field questions regarding the new laws. They are here to help producers understand the impact of new laws. NYSDOL will provide information on compliance with the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act. DOL will review how the changes will impact employer scheduling, payment of wages and recordkeeping. Updated materials will be available.

Additionally, we will have the opportunity to review a new tool developed by Dr. Jenny Ifft from Cornell's Dyson School that will help producers calculate overtime costs and assist in their decision making process.
Any farm employers with at least one employee on payroll is subject to these new laws as of January 1st, 2020. Plan to attend this info session to better understand your responsibilities and have your questions answered by DOL Ag Specialists.

Free to Attend, no refreshments provided (feel free to bring your own)

RSVP by 5pm on January 13th (Portland & Ellicottville) or January 20th (Hornell) to
Katelyn Walley-Stoll (call or text 716-640-0522 or email kaw249@cornell.edu) to allow for material preparation and weather related notifications.

Although this is after the new laws go into place, we will have the most up-to-date information available for farms.Looking for more information on the state's new farm labor law? Be sure to visit Cornell Cooperative Extension's Agricultural Workforce Development program, led by Rich Stup, online to view information on topics like:
 2019 New York FLFLPA Labor Law Changes
 What Employers Can and Cannot Say About Unions
 Adapting Your Labor Strategies to New York's Revised Farm Labor Employment Laws
 Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, and Farm Employees

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May 27, 2020

A short webinar on the basics of the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that is available to producers. Folks will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance from the county FSA Executive Directors.

Please register by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note that this registration link is through Zoom, not our site directly.  

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Grazing & Forage Season Extension Webinar Series: Summer Annuals

May 29, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

This webinar will discuss warm-season annuals suitable for grazing or stored forage as an alternative to traditional hay, pasture, or silage. This includes species-specific information, planting times, management, feed considerations, and associated environmental benefits. Our speaker is Caleb Goossen, Ph.D., an organic crop and conservation specialist with the Maine Organic Farming and Gardeners Association.
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Virtual Advanced Dairy Nutrition Short-course

June 1 - June 4, 2020
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT daily

Virtual Advanced Dairy Nutrition Shortcourse
June 1 to 4, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT daily

$250 per person

In addition to the live feed, all registrants will have access to electronic course materials and recorded sessions (after the live event). Join us live during the week of June 1 to 4 or watch sessions on-demand later.
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From our Team to Yours: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers

The South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team has compiled a list of articles on their blog that we think may be useful to dairy producers and their service providers as we all navigate the COVID-19 situation. Please stay safe and reach out to our team if you have questions or need help finding information. We are here to help with tools and resources to support all of the normal day-to-day dairy, livestock, and field crop management considerations, in addition to emerging topics related to COVID-19.

Dairy Market Watch Released - May 2020

This month's report shows some price optimism and offers CFAP information for dairy producers. Dairy Market Watch is an educational newsletter to keep producers informed of changing market factors affecting the dairy industry. Dairy Market Watch is published on the last Tuesday of every month, funded in part by Cornell Pro-Dairy, and is compiled by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist with the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program.

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