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January 2024

New York Certified Organic (NYCO) Dairy and Field Crops Meetings

January 9, 2024
February 13, 2024

10 am - 2 pm
Jordan Hall Auditorium
Geneva, NY

Pre-register for the upcoming dairy and field crop NYCO meetings today! Join local farmers, researchers and industry leaders on topics such as interseeding, new no-till methods, and streamlining economics of dairy operations.

Unlocking The Potential To Finding & Keeping GOOD Employees

January 18, 2024
January 25, 2024

12pm - 1pm
Zoom

Are you looking to unlock the full potential of your employees? Do you find it difficult to retain good employees?

NYBPA Annual Conference & Annual Meeting

January 19 - January 20, 2024
8am
DoubleTree by Hilton
East Syracuse, NY

NYBPA Annual Conference & Annual Meeting

The 2024 Annual Conference starts Friday afternoon with a cash bar, registration, and annual membership meeting. Dinner to follow with keynote speaker Amanda Radke, Beef Farm of Excellence Awards Presentation, and Supreme Show Program Sponsorship auction. Trade show and silent auction to benefit the Jr Scholarship Fund all weekend long. Saturday starts with the trade show and breakfast at 8:00AM followed by speakers at 8:30AM. Lunch includes the Annual NYBPA Awards and Junior Awards Program. Reserve a room at the DoubleTree HERE. Deadline to register and reserve a hotel room is JANUARY 5th, 2024. 

2024 Agriculture & Food Business Outlook Conference

January 19, 2024
9am - 3pm
Stocking Hall at Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

2024 Agriculture & Food Business Outlook Conference

The Cornell Dyson School hosts the 2024 Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference this Friday, January 19, 2024, in Stocking Hall on the Ithaca campus. New York agricultural leaders will learn about the short-and long-term outlook for agriculture and agricultural products. Breakout sessions concentrate on dairy, grains and feed, and horticultural products. By attending, you will:

  • Better understand critical issues facing agriculture in New York and the Northeast
  • Learn about the near-term outlook for major New York commodities
  • Interact with fellow leaders of the vibrant New York agricultural industry

Gathering of Good Graziers Conference

January 25 - January 27, 2024
UMass
Amherst, MA

Gathering of Good Graziers Conference

The Gathering of Good Graziers Conference will be held January 25th-27th, 2024 at UMass in Amherst, MA. We will be face to face for the first time since the pandemic!  

We are delighted to announce that Mark Schatzker: author of "Steak", "Dorito Effect" & "End of Craving" will keynote the conference. He will share nuggets of wisdom he has gained since publishing Steak and give everyone a taste of his new book, End of Craving. The conference will also include workshops by regional grazing experts (Cheryl Cesario, Troy Bishopp, Daiman Meeh, Meghan Giroux, Abe Collins ...) as well as practical farmer panels on all topics grazing!

2024 SWNY In-Person Field Crop Congress

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 31, 2024
10:45am - 3pm
CCE Cattaraugus County
Ellicottville, NY

2024 SWNY In-Person Field Crop Congress

Join us at this event and learn more about:
• Economic and engineering considerations of installing a grain storage system
• Soybean Cyst Nematode and its Impact in NYS
• Ongoing Seedcorn Maggot Research
• Tar Spot Updates for SWNY
• On- Farm Processing of High Oleic Soybeans   
*DEC Credits Available




February 2024

Shop Talk: All Things Tillage

February 12, 2024 : Shop Talk: All Things Tillage
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Neckers Farm
Clymer, NY

Shop Talk: All Things Tillage

Join SWNYDLFC and CCE Chautauqua for our upcoming Shop Talk - All Things Tillage. Learn from other farmers as they discuss what tillage looks like on their farm.

New York Certified Organic (NYCO) Dairy and Field Crops Meetings

January 9, 2024
February 13, 2024

10 am - 2 pm
Jordan Hall Auditorium
Geneva, NY

Pre-register for the upcoming dairy and field crop NYCO meetings today! Join local farmers, researchers and industry leaders on topics such as interseeding, new no-till methods, and streamlining economics of dairy operations.

Understanding Beef Diseases & Vaccinations Than Can Prevent Them

February 13, 2024
6:30pm EST
Zoom

Understanding Beef Diseases & Vaccinations Than Can Prevent Them

Raising healthy and productive beef animals is key to the success of your beef operation, regardless of the size. Join us on Tuesday February 13, 2024 at 6:30pm to learn about common beef diseases and ailments and what vaccines maybe used to prevent them. In addition to covering common beef diseases, this webinar will also discuss diseases caused by ticks. Clarifying the differences between types of vaccines: modified live, versus killed, as well as, explain how vaccines differ from bacterins. Guest presenter is Dr. Shannon Carpenter, D.V.M., Field Veterinarian with NY State Agriculture and Markets.

Value-Added Dairy Processing Webinar: Putting the 4P's of Marketing to Work for Your Diversified Dairy

February 15, 2024
12pm - 1pm
Virtual - Zoom

Value-Added Dairy Processing Webinar: Putting the 4P's of Marketing to Work for Your Diversified Dairy

Marketing is one of the most important considerations for any type of diversified dairy business, particularly those with interests in on-farm processing. We'll help you use product, prices, place, and promotion to plan for your farm's growth and change.

NYBPA 2024 Region 2 Annual Meeting

February 17, 2024
5:30pm
Lakewood Fireman's Training Grounds
Lakewood, NY

NYBPA 2024 Region 2 Annual Meeting

All are welcome. Membership in these beef producer groups is not required. Following the buffet dinner a short business meeting will kick-off the evening. Our guest speaker will share information regarding Mycotoxins and their impact on your operation. 

Getting Feeder Calves Off To A Good Start: Weaning & Backgrounding

February 20, 2024
6:30pm EST

Getting Feeder Calves Off To A Good Start: Weaning & Backgrounding

Livestock, Dairy and Equine Educator from Orange County CCE, Grace Ott, will join us to review the importance of adding value to your feeder cattle. Ensuring the success of your feeders' future begins with getting them off on the right "hoof". This webinar will share tips and strategies related to weaning and backgrounding cattle.

Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

February 21, 2024
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Webinar

Plan to join us on Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30 for a FREE webinar from CCE and FSA on NAP - the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Registration is required.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops in qualifying events. To qualify, covered crop losses must occur and cause, accelerate, or exacerbate destruction or deterioration of the crop as determined by the county committee.

Featured speaker, Sandra Scott, is a County Executive Director with Farm Service Agency and will be answering several questions about NAP coverage and qualification.

Repurposing This Ol' Barn For Small Ruminants

February 22, 2024
7pm
Webinar

Repurposing This Ol' Barn For Small Ruminants

Many farms and properties that people inherit or purchase come with existing structures that can be used for livestock. This free webinar shares how to evaluate these barns for small ruminant use, particularly old dairy barns. When starting out raising livestock, the easiest and least expensive housing is the housing already on the property. For many, this means the use of facilities previously used to house dairy cows. Many of these older buildings are not well ventilated and may need upgrades to make them suitable places for keeping sheep and goats. 

DEC License CORE Training Series (BELMONT)

February 28, 2024
March 6, 2024
March 13, 2024
March 27, 2024
April 3, 2024

1:15pm - 4:15pm
CCE Allegany County
Belmont, NY

DEC License CORE Training Series (BELMONT)

DEC Pesticide Applicator License Training Series

This series consists of 5 classes. Classes are on Wednesdays (2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27 & 4/3) from 1:15pm - 4:15pm

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County in Belmont, NY

DEC License CORE Training Series (RANDOLPH)

February 28, 2024
March 6, 2024
March 13, 2024
March 27, 2024
April 3, 2024

8:30am - 11:30am
Town of Randolph Community Room
Randolph, NY

DEC License CORE Training Series (RANDOLPH)

DEC Pesticide Applicator License Training Series

This series consists of 5 classes. Classes are on Wednesdays (2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27 & 4/3) from 8:30am - 11:30am

Location: Town of Randolph Community Room - 72 Main Street, Randolph, NY 14772



March 2024

Grasstravaganza 2024: PLANT GRAZE - Growing Resilient Grazing Systems

March 9, 2024
8am-4:30pm
SUNY Morrisville (Student Activity Building)
Morrisville, NY

Grasstravaganza 2024: PLANT GRAZE - Growing Resilient Grazing Systems

This one-day conference will focus on the tools and strategies necessary to make grazing on your farm resilient and profitable now and for generations to come.

Value-Added Dairy Tour

March 13 - March 14, 2024
This will be an overnight trip. Depart from Batavia at 8:30am, and return at 9pm on Thursday.
Various locations throughout ENY with multiple WNY pickup points

Value-Added Dairy Tour

Register now for our March 2024 Value-Added Dairy Tour! We'll be visiting 6+ locations to learn more about on-farm processing and value added products. 

"Hands-On" Animal Care Dairy Training Program at R&D Adams Dairy Farms, LLC

March 20, 2024 : Hands-On Animal Care Dairy Training program
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
R&D Adams Dairy Farms, LLC
Randolph, NY

"Hands-On" Animal Care Dairy Training Program at R&D Adams Dairy Farms, LLC

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell PRO-DAIRY are excited to invite you to our upcoming Hands-On Animal Care Dairy Training Program. 

This one-day program will include presentations and hands-on demonstrations on farm, and it will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Completion of the course will count as annually required continuing education credits for the FARM Animal Care Program.  

All materials and lunch are included.


"Hands-On" Animal Care Dairy Training Program at Alfred State

March 21, 2024 : Hands-On Animal Care Dairy Training program
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Alfred State College Farm
Alfred Station, NY

"Hands-On" Animal Care Dairy Training Program at Alfred State

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell PRO-DAIRY are excited to invite you to our upcoming Hands-On Animal Care Dairy Training Program. 

This one-day program will include presentations and hands-on demonstrations on farm, and it will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Completion of the course will count as annually required continuing education credits for the FARM Animal Care Program.  

All materials and lunch are included.


NY Pork Producers 2024 Annual Meeting

March 23, 2024
8am
The Lux Hotel
Waterloo, NY

NY Pork Producers 2024 Annual Meeting

Pork Producers interested in current swine production and youth interested in swine showmanship are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is encouraged by March 9th. 

Everyone who pre-registers will be eligible for the door prizes. 



April 2024

Navigating HPAI in Cattle: What Dairy Farmers Need to Know

April 1, 2024
3pm-4pm
Webinar

Navigating HPAI in Cattle: What Dairy Farmers Need to Know

Join NMPF and the National Dairy FARM Program for a webinar discussing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in dairy cattle, offering the most up-to-date information on the rapidly evolving animal health issue. The session will include updates from USDA about their investigation, as well as an on-the-ground report from a field veterinarian working with affected cows. The session will also explore the virus's transmission, the significance of reporting infected animals, and identification and treatment protocols. Practical strategies to safeguard the health of dairy cattle via biosecurity measures will also be discussed.

DEC Pesticide Applicator Review Session

April 12, 2024
10 am - 12 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County
Belmont, NY

DEC Pesticide Applicator Review Session

Are you interested in becoming a certified pesticide applicator? There is a pre-exam review scheduled for April 12th in Belmont, NY!

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Program for Meat & Poultry Processing

April 17 - April 18, 2024
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The Cornell Agricultural Marketing Research Program (CAMRP) will offer a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Program for Meat and Poultry Processors at the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. The course is taught by Penn State University instructors Martin Bucknavage, Senior Extension Program Specialist, and Jonathan Campbell, Associate Professor and Extension Meat Specialist. The training course covers the fundamentals of HACCP for meat and poultry processing operations. It provides participants with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan.

The course is recommended for plant management, HACCP coordinators, quality assurance/control personnel, sanitation management, line supervisors, and line operators employed by meat and poultry processing plants. The course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and meets USDA requirements for HACCP training.

DEC Pesticide Applicator Examination

April 17, 2024
9 am Start Time
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County
Belmont, NY

DEC Pesticide Applicator Examination

Are you interested in becoming a certified applicator? There is a DEC exam being hosted on April 17th in Belmont, NY!

Cover Crop Breeding Field Walk

April 23, 2024
3pm-5pm
Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm
Freeville, NY

Cover Crop Breeding Field Walk

You're invited to join us for a Cover Crop Breeding Field Walk!

The Cover Crop Breeding Network breeds fall-sown cover crops for traits like fall emergence, winter survival, spring vigor, high biomass, hard seed, and non-shattering pods

Join us to walk the trial fields, talk about what we're seeing (and not seeing), hear about past years' results, and learn about CCB lines approaching commercialization.

Advanced line trials - Crimson clover, hairy vetch, winter pea, and winter canola

Planting date trials - Cereal rye and winter pea

Breeding nurseries - Cereal rye and winter pea (across the road & optional!)



May 2024

Cover Crop Breeding Field Walk

May 1, 2024
Noon - 2pm
Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm
Freeville, NY

Cover Crop Breeding Field Walk

You're invited to join us for a Cover Crop Breeding Field Walk!

The Cover Crop Breeding Network breeds fall-sown cover crops for traits like fall emergence, winter survival, spring vigor, high biomass, hard seed, and non-shattering pods

Join us to walk the trial fields, talk about what we're seeing (and not seeing), hear about past years' results, and learn about CCB lines approaching commercialization.

Advanced line trials - Crimson clover, hairy vetch, winter pea, and winter canola

Planting date trials - Cereal rye and winter pea

Breeding nurseries - Cereal rye and winter pea (across the road & optional!)

Meat Your Farmer 2024

May 2, 2024 : Meat Your Farmer 2024
5pm - 8pm
The Powerhouse at the Roycroft Campus
East Aurora, NY

Meat Your Farmer 2024

This event brings together livestock farmers and the community to learn about local bulk meat sales and to taste recipes created for NYS schools, featuring meats from local farms. We are currently looking for farmers to participate in the event!

Western NY Value-Added Dairy Discussion Group: Jess May- Farm Credit East Webinar

May 2, 2024
12pm - 1pm EST
virtual; Zoom https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oEVIkz

Western NY Value-Added Dairy Discussion Group: Jess May- Farm Credit East Webinar

We will start our Value-Added Dairy Processing discussion group series with a guest speaker from Farm Credit East. On May 2nd at noon, Jess May will join us to discuss the lender's point of view for on-farm processing and diversification. This is free to join and will be recorded.

WEBINAR - Automated Milking Systems Efficiency: Balancing Focus on Individual Cows and System Optimization

May 8, 2024
12:00-1:00 PM
Zoom

WEBINAR - Automated Milking Systems Efficiency: Balancing Focus on Individual Cows and System Optimization

Please join Cornell the SWNY team and MSU Extension for our talk with Dr. Pablo Silva Boloña on improving efficiency of Automated milking systems by focusing on milking settings for individual and group success.

Farm Tour

May 31, 2024
5pm
Rise'N'Swine Farm
Holland, NY

Farm Tour

Good Farmers Guild of WNY will be hosting a farm tour and potluck at Rise'N'Swine Farm on Friday, May 31st at 5 pm. Rise'N'Swine has built a successful business raising cattle, pigs, and chickens on pasture, and has an on-farm butcher shop. After the farm tour, there will be a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to pass and your own plate, bowl, cup, and cutlery.

Rise'N'Swine Farm is located at 9806 Wagner Rd, Holland, NY 14080. There is ample parking in front of the farmshop. Farmers, people who work on farms, and ag service providers are welcome at this free event!

Farm Tour and Potluck at Rise'N'Swine Farm

May 31, 2024
5pm
Rise'N'Swine Farm
Holland, NY

Farm Tour and Potluck at Rise'N'Swine Farm

Join the Good Farmer's Guild for a potluck and farm tour at Rise'N'Swine Farm to learn about their pasture-raised livestock and on-farm USDA red meat processing facility. The event is free, and you may bring a dish to pass.



June 2024

Broiler Field Day at Sunny Cove Farm

June 6, 2024
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Sunny Cove Farm
Alfred Station, NY

Broiler Field Day at Sunny Cove Farm

Join us for a field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Meghan Snyder of Sunny Cove Farm will be our host. She raises small batches of organic broilers, processing them on-farm under the 1,000 bird exemption.



July 2024

Cornell Seed Growers Field Day

July 2, 2024
NYSIP Foundation Seed Barn
Ithaca, NY

Please Save the Date for the Cornell Seed Growers Field Day to be held the morning of July 2nd.  The event will be held at the NYSIP Foundation Seed Barn, 791 Dryden Rd., Rt. 366, Ithaca, NY. 

Dairy Industry Update - HPAI in Dairy Cows

July 10, 2024
3pm-4pm
Webinar

Dairy Industry Update - HPAI in Dairy Cows

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus remains a concern for New York farmers. 

New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) and Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) are hosting a special webinar at 3:00 PM EST July 10 in collaboration with Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY. Panelists will feature experts from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. The goal is to provide current and recommendations to help guide management on the farm.

Sustainable Poultry Production

July 12, 2024
10am - 3pm
Boston Valley Farms
Hamburg, NY

Sustainable Poultry Production

Join us to learn about sustainable poultry! Cornell Extension poultry specialist Amy Barkley will guide us in selecting the right breeds, establishing ecologically beneficial production, troubleshooting pests & diseases, and processing. We will tour a 5A-certified on-farm processing center and watch a demonstration. Everyone who identifies as a woman in agriculture is welcome to this free learning circle. Lunch is provided, so please register in advance! This event will allow participants to connect with fellow land stewards and producers and support everyone in learning together. We will discuss full-circle sustainable poultry production, from breed selection, housing, pests & diseases to processing and marketing. REGISTER

Led by Cornell Cooperative Extension poultry specialist Amy Barkley and farmer Kate Geiger; facilitated by American Farmland Trust NY's Women for the Land Program Associate, Caitlin Tucker, CCA.

POSTPONED TO FALL 2024 Mortality Composting Workshop at Bluegill Farms

July 13, 2024 : Mortality Composting Training at Bluegill Farms
10am - 3pm
Steuben County Civil Defense and Bluegill Farms
Bath, NY

POSTPONED TO FALL 2024 Mortality Composting Workshop at Bluegill Farms

Join CCE and Cornell Waste Management Jean Bonhotal to discuss properly constructing and maintaining mortality compositing piles on the farm. The classroom session will be followed with lunch and a trip to Bluegill Farms to see, dig into, and discuss their compost piles and keys to a successful process! 

Broiler Processing Workshop at Green Heron Growers

July 16, 2024 : Broiler Processing Workshop at Green Heron Growers
2pm - 4pm
Green Heron Growers
Panama, NY

Broiler Processing Workshop at Green Heron Growers

This free  workshop brings participants on a tour of Green Heron Growers' organic pastured raised broiler enterprise and a live processing demonstration to share how to safely and humanely process broiler chickens under the 1,000 bird exemption.



August 2024

2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 1, 2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Musgrave Research Farm
Aurora, NY

2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

The annual Cornell Field Crop Research Field Day will be Thursday, August 1 at the Musgrave Research Farm, Aurora, N.Y. The program features walking and hay wagon tours in the morning and afternoon. 

2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm

August 19, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm
5pm - 7:30pm
Laughing Earth Farm
Cropseyville, NY

2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm

Join us for a free field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Zack and Annie Metzger will be our hosts. They have run this 200 year-old small diversified farm for 8 years. They process their poultry in a 20C kitchen, where they produce value-added products like sausage and dehydrated chicken feet.

2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm

August 20, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm
11am - 1:30pm
Majestic Farm
Mountaindale, NY

2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm

Join us for a free field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Brett and Sara Budde will be our hosts. They raise slow-growth organic broilers on their diversified farm in large flocks on woodland pasture. Their birds are processed into whole birds, parts, and chicken sausage.



September 2024

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October 2024

Stockmanship and Stewardship 2024

October 25, 2024
All Day
Erie County Fairgrounds
Hamburg, NY

Stockmanship and Stewardship 2024

Save the date!! The event is one of 4 across the US and is a two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance educational sessions, facility design sessions, and industry updates.



November 2024

No Events Scheduled at this Time



December 2024

Crops, Cows & Critters - Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Newsletter Sponsorship

December 20, 2024

Our two forms of publications feature research-based and timely information from our four specialists, listed to the right, along with local event notifications and Cornell University outreach. This information is provided to participants who range from dairy, livestock, and field crops producers to agricultural suppliers and consultants.

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2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 1, 2024
Aurora, NY

The annual Cornell Field Crop Research Field Day will be Thursday, August 1 at the Musgrave Research Farm, Aurora, N.Y. The program features walking and hay wagon tours in the morning and afternoon. 

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2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm

August 19, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm
Cropseyville, NY

Join us for a free field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Zack and Annie Metzger will be our hosts. They have run this 200 year-old small diversified farm for 8 years. They process their poultry in a 20C kitchen, where they produce value-added products like sausage and dehydrated chicken feet.

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2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm

August 20, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm
Mountaindale, NY

Join us for a free field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Brett and Sara Budde will be our hosts. They raise slow-growth organic broilers on their diversified farm in large flocks on woodland pasture. Their birds are processed into whole birds, parts, and chicken sausage.

View 2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm Details

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