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January 2021

Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health

January 5 - February 16, 2021
12:30pm

Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health
CCE Regional Ag Teams are excited to offer this NEW calf care series! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 7 week series on critical calf care topics! This series will be offered every Tuesday starting January 5, 2021 at 12:30pm EST.

Our last session on February 16, 2021 will be a LIVE panel discussion with Dr. Fernando Soberon (Standard Nutrition Consultants), Dr. Rodrigo Molano Torres (Valacta), Dr. Laura Rath-Brown (Midstate Veterinary Services), Dr. Jen Walker (Danone North America), and a local NY dairy producer.

What Now?! Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds

January 6, 2021
12pm - 1:30pm

What Now?! Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds
Many slaughterhouses report being completely booked up for 2021. What's a livestock farmer to do? In this interactive discussion, we aim to help livestock producers regain some sense of control over how, when, and where they get their livestock processed, and how they sell meat to customers. You'll hear from Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm, who found opportunity and benefit in the midst of 2020's livestock processing crisis. You'll also hear from Heather Sandford, who will share the depth and breadth of her experience working with meat processors to help you brainstorm redundancy plans for butchering your animals. You can register for this free event here. This webinar is sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Program Work Team. 

Farmer's Markets - Marketing Integrity: Meeting Consumer Expectations

January 12, 2021
10am-11am

Farmer's Markets - Marketing Integrity: Meeting Consumer Expectations
Consumers support a farmers market because there is often an expectation that the product being displayed meets certain standards. During this session we'll hear from two very different markets on how meet their customer's expectations on product standards, product diversity and farm inspection. 

North Country Dairy Day

January 12 - January 15, 2021
12-2pm

North Country Dairy Day
Join the North Country Regional Ag Team virtually for their main dairy program. This 4 part virtual series will provide the latest information on dairy production and management, emerging trends, and local research updates. The series will take place daily on January 12th-15th  from 12-2pm. Registration is $20 for all 4 sessions. Register here

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays Online Farm Business Education in January

January 12 - January 26, 2021
12:30pm-1:30pm

CCE ag business educators are offering short, farm financial education programs this winter! All programs are 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Each program is only $5 and includes a link to the recorded webinar if you cannot join the program live. 

CORE Pesticide Training & DEC Recertification Credits

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 12, 2021
9am-10:50am

Looking for DEC credits?
Join Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, to learn about current regulations and pesticide use.
If your license expired between November 2019 and Nov. 23, 2020, you must obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew your license by February 23, 2021. If your license expires after Nov. 23, 2020, you will follow the typical DEC guidelines.  

MSU Birth Management for Sheep and Goats 2021 Online

January 12 - March 2, 2021
Jan. 12th, Jan. 19th, Jan 26th, and February 2nd, 2021 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

MSU Birth Management for Sheep and Goats 2021 Online
The Michigan State University Small Ruminant Team will be hosting their annual "Birth Management for Sheep and Goats" program virtually this year. It will consist of 4 sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm. Each weekly session will last approximately 90 min and sessions will be recorded to allow future viewing. Each session will feature seminars, specialized instructional videos and question and answer sessions with an expert panel to cover a variety of topics, including nutritional management, use of ultrasound, facility design, newborn care, hypothermia treatment, grafting, vaccination protocols, mortality diagnoses, health and feeding program assessment. 

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools

January 12 - January 14, 2021
January 12-14, 2021 from 8pm-10pm EST

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools
This webinar series targets sheep and goat producers living in the Northeast who are interested in learning more about Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and other tools for genetic selection for economically important traits, including parasite resistance. Each session in the series builds on the previous night.

Winter Green Up 2021 - Online

January 13 - January 27, 2021
January 13th, 20th, and 27th - 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Winter Green Up 2021 - Online
Join grazing experts at the Capital District's original grazing conference! Speakers this year include Elizabeth Marks, Ed Rayburn, and Fred Provenza, covering the topics of climate change, pasture-based systems, and feeding livestock on pasture. 

CORE Pesticide Training & DEC Recertification Credits

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 14, 2021
11am-12:50pm

Looking for DEC credits?
Join Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, to learn about current regulations and pesticide use.
If your license expired between November 2019 and Nov. 23, 2020, you must obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew your license by February 23, 2021. If your license expires after Nov. 23, 2020, you will follow the typical DEC guidelines.  

Direct Marketing Beef Series - Learning Your Beef Cuts

January 14, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm

The year 2020 has maintained a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farms to meet this demand. Jean, O'Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council, will be leading a series of 3 webinars to share tips for best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. This is the first installment of the series, "Learning Your Beef Cuts"

PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course

January 15 - March 15, 2021

PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course
PRO-DAIRY Forage Management Online Course
Held January 15 through March 15, 2021

Cornell PRO-DAIRY is offering a seven-week online Forage Management Course January 15 through March 15, 2021. Registration is $265.00 per person. A discount of $25 applies for registrations competed before January 2.


NOFA-NY 2021 Winter Conference

January 16 - January 23, 2021

NOFA-NY 2021 Winter Conference
Organic farming is rooted in health - of the soil, the farmer, and the community. And health is the foundation of resilience. The 2021 NOFA-NY conference theme, Rooted in Resilience, reflects the ability of organic systems to embrace challenges: no matter whether it's a global pandemic, unprecedented weather, a new pest, or the loss of an important market.

QuickBooks for Farmers Online Course

January 18 - February 19, 2021
Webinars take place from 1:00 -2:30pm every Friday from Jan 22 to Feb 19

QuickBooks for Farmers Online Course
Want to start the New Year right with a commitment to improving your farm recordkeeping system? Want to use financial data and reports to make better business decisions? This 5-week interactive online QuickBooks for Farmers course can help you get there. 

SWNY Field Crop Series 2021

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 19 - January 21, 2021
11am-12pm

The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team will be hosting the SWNY Field Crop Series January 19th-21st.
Topics will include weeds, diseases, insects and their management in SWNY.


Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits

January 19, 2021
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits
Although "it takes money to make money" - not all expenses in your business create value. On the other hand, underinvestment in your business, cutting costs that undermine the quality of your product or market, or that are detrimental to safety, your quality of life or your values can shoot you in the foot in the long run too. Knowing how to assess where to cut expenses to enhance profitability is an art form. Join CCE Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Ag Business Educator, Nicole Tommell and NY FarmNet Business Specialist Gabe Gurley, for a one-hour program Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits. 

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Lambing and Kidding

January 19, 2021
7pm

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Lambing and Kidding
Members of the OSU Sheep Team will cover preparing for lambing/kidding season, ewe/doe and lamb/kid care before, during, after birth, managing dystocia, troubleshooting and addressing health concerns, colostrum, bottle feeding, creep feeding, castrating, tail docking, vaccinations, and allow time for Q&A.

Basic Lambing Skills Webinar

January 20, 2021
8:30pm - 10:00pm EST

Basic Lambing Skills Webinar
Prepare for the upcoming lamb crop by learning about ewe and lamb care before, during and after parturition, during a University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Small Ruminant webinar. The session will be led by Todd Taylor, University of Wisconsin Sheep Research Program Manager of the Arlington Agricultural Research Station Sheep Unit. He will discuss lambing supplies, lambing management, and ewe and lamb care. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock PWT Presents: Insights to the Cow/Calf Enterprise

January 21, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock PWT Presents: Insights to the Cow/Calf Enterprise
Area beef producers are encouraged to register for Insights into the Cow/Calf Enterprise scheduled for Thursday January 21, 2021 from 7 to 8pm. Topics slated for discussion include the key beef business benchmarks cow/calf producers can monitor and use for decision making. Additionally, a discussion on the importance of herd vaccination protocols and programs and the relationship to a producers' bottom line. Guest speakers include Nicole Tommell, Ag Business Management Specialist with C.C.E. CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team, and Rob Lynch, DVM, Herd Health & Management Specialist, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY. 

Understanding Climate Change and its Impacts on Local Agriculture

January 22, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Understanding Climate Change and its Impacts on Local Agriculture
Climate change is a complex subject affecting a wide range of people and communities. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County's (CCE Ulster) Agriculture Department often responds to calls with questions such as, "How will climate change affect my crops and livestock?" and "What can be done about it?". In response, CCE Ulster is partnering with the Cornell University Climate Smart Farming Program to bring the latest science-based research to interested residents.

Helping Farmers Markets Adapt to Current Consumer Trends - Lessons Learned from the Field

January 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Helping Farmers Markets Adapt to Current Consumer Trends - Lessons Learned from the Field
In this session we will hear perspectives from farmers and vendors across NYS who participate in markets who made changes to their market operations based on recommendations in the toolkit. Join us to hear the farmers perspective on the toolkit, as well as changes that farmers can consider to increase their sales in the 2021 market season.

Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle

January 26, 2021
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle
"If your business is a body, cash is the oxygen" without a constant influx of cash, no business can stay afloat, no matter how solid its starting idea or willing its market. Does your farm business have enough cash coming in, to pay your bills and cover your daily operating expenses? Can you access affordable cash, through other means to keep the business afloat during those times of the year when you don't have a crop coming in or a product to sell? Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, to learn some tips and strategies for Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle.

2021 Virtual Operations Managers Conference Series

January 28 - February 18, 2021
Every Thursday from 12pm-2pm

Embracing Excellence

The Operations Managers Conference Series is a four-week virtual event featuring educational topics and applicable strategies for management teams whether their focus is cows, crops, or people. Presented by PRO-DAIRY and NEDPA, this event provides the opportunity for the people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills..

Operations management on dairy farms is integral to success of the farm business. Presented by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, Operations Managers Conference provides an opportunity for the people responsible for day to day activities on dairy farms to increase their management and operations skills.

Due to ongoing uncertainty related to the Coronavirus pandemic and anticipated strict limitations on an in-person experience, the 2021 event will be offered as a 100 percent virtual conference series. Join us for a four-week virtual event featuring educational topics and applicable strategies for management teams, whether your focus is managing cows, crops or people.



Transitioning to Supervisor Ag Workforce Course

January 28 - January 27, 2021
On Your Own Time

Transitioning to Supervisor Ag Workforce Course
Supervisors are critical to the success of farm businesses. They have a major impact both on employees' daily work experiences and on the production performance of the business. The Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results. Confident managers who thoughtfully apply leadership and management skills improve employee performance, develop teams, reduce employee turnover, and increase employee engagement. The six courses within the certificate program will offer extensive practice and engagement activities to build confidence and skill sets. More information and registration can be found here.


February 2021

Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

February 1 - March 11, 2021
7-8:30pm EST

Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women
Annie's Project is a six-week online experience designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Farm women who have been in farming, agri-business, or part of the food system for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture are invited to join this online series.

Women in Livestock Business: Marketing for Profit

February 2 - February 4, 2021
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Women in Livestock Business: Marketing for Profit
Want to fine-tune your marketing and financial management skills and build a more resilient livestock farm business? Join us for three afternoons in February to learn, network, and share ideas with regional specialists and fellow women livestock farmers. This conference is intended for New England women livestock producers of all experience levels. Breaks and opportunities to network will be provided throughout the day and sessions will be recorded and shared. This is all for free, all you have to do is register.

Virtual Beef Spokesperson Development Series

February 2 - February 23, 2021
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Virtual Beef Spokesperson Development Series
Throughout the month of February a series of weekly webinars will assist participants in developing their knowledge and confidence in advocating for beef. Beef Farmers, Industry Representatives, or Youth over 16 years old interested in gaining new skills and confidence in promoting beef are invited to attend.

Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course

February 3 - March 24, 2021
Self-Paced Course

Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course
Interested in running a meat goat operation? The Penn State Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course, is for goat producers interested in improving their production practices and ultimately the profitability of their operation. This is a home study course with an additional offering of three optional supplemental webinars to review materials.

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools

February 9 - February 11, 2021
February 9-11, 2021 from 8pm - 10pm EST

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records Into Decision-Making Tools
This webinar series targets sheep and goat producers living in the Northeast who are interested in learning more about Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and other tools for genetic selection for economically important traits, including parasite resistance. Each session in the series builds on the previous night.

Farmer's Markets - Identifying and Overcoming Consumer Obstacles

February 10, 2021
10am-11am

Farmer's Markets - Identifying and Overcoming Consumer Obstacles
The toolkit identified obstacles to customers and proposed some potential solutions. This session will highlight both an urban and rural farmers market and initiatives that they implemented. We'll learn how they designed programs and services to meet the needs of their customers to encourage continued shopping.

Direct Marketing Beef Series - Marketing and Cooking Underutilized Cuts

February 11, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm

The year 2020 has maintained a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farms to meet this demand. Jean, O'Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council, will be leading a series of 3 webinars to share tips for best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. This is the second installment of the series, "Marketing and Cooking Underutilized Cuts".


OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Small Ruminant Nutrition

February 16, 2021
7pm

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Small Ruminant Nutrition
Members of the OSU Sheep Team will address the importance of providing adequate protein, carbohydrates, and minerals in the forms of processed grains, hay, grazed pasture, minerals, and supplements to your flock/herd. Q&A included.

March 2021

Forage Production Series

March 2 - March 16, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm March 2, 4, 9, 11, & 16

Forage Production Series
This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

Direct Marketing Beef Series - Adding Value to Your Marketing Display

March 11, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm

The year 2020 has maintained a strong demand for beef. Many consumers are turning to local farms to meet this demand. Jean, O'Toole, Executive Director of the New York Beef Council, will be leading a series of 3 webinars to share tips for best practices for marketing your farm and beef direct to consumers. This is the second installment of the series, "Adding Value to Your Marketing Display".

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Weaning, Sorting, and Selling Lambs, Kids, Spent Stock

March 16, 2021
7:00pm

OSU Extension Small Ruminant Webinar Series - Weaning, Sorting, and Selling Lambs, Kids, Spent Stock
Members of the OSU Sheep Team will offer strategies for weaning lambs/kids and preparing them for joining the breeding flock or entering the meat processing chain. Also included will be examples of marketing strategies and determining what to do with ewes/does and rams/bucks that are no longer meeting breeding needs of the flock/herd.

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Upcoming Events

Farm Ready Research - Wisconsin Beef Special Edition

December 8 - April 23, 2021
Varied- Based on Webinar

Farm Ready Research is Extension's agriculture winter webinar meeting series for farmers and ag professionals. Join the webinars to learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to farm management resources. Sessions begin December 2020 and run through April 2021. See a full list of topics at wisc.edu/FarmReadyResearch.Basic Lambing Skills for the 
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Critical Calf Care: Urgent Decision Making for Dairy Calf Health

January 5 - February 16, 2021
12:30pm

CCE Regional Ag Teams are excited to offer this NEW calf care series! Join us VIRTUALLY for a 7 week series on critical calf care topics! This series will be offered every Tuesday starting January 5, 2021 at 12:30pm EST.

Our last session on February 16, 2021 will be a LIVE panel discussion with Dr. Fernando Soberon (Standard Nutrition Consultants), Dr. Rodrigo Molano Torres (Valacta), Dr. Laura Rath-Brown (Midstate Veterinary Services), Dr. Jen Walker (Danone North America), and a local NY dairy producer.

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Farm Financial Management Tuesdays Online Farm Business Education in January

January 12 - January 26, 2021
12:30pm-1:30pm

CCE ag business educators are offering short, farm financial education programs this winter! All programs are 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Each program is only $5 and includes a link to the recorded webinar if you cannot join the program live. 
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Important Notice for Licensed Pesticide Applicators

Important Notice for Licensed Pesticide Applicators!

Because of COVID-19, the NYS DEC did not require growers whose licenses expired in November of 2019 or later to renew their applicator's license in order to buy & spray restricted-use materials during the 2020 growing season. That discretionary policy is no longer in effect. If your license expired between November 2019 and Nov. 23, 2020, you must obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew your license. Starting Nov. 24, 2020, you cannot buy or apply pesticides until your license has been renewed. The DEC is giving growers a 90-day grace period before adding penalty credits to overdue renewal applications. Growers should complete COVID-delayed license renewals by February 23, 2021. If your license expires after Nov. 23, 2020, you will follow the typical DEC renewal process.

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