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Baby Mama Drama (Goat Reproduction and Kidding)

June 29, 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
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August 25, 2022
August 31, 2022

Goat Herd and Foot Health

July 13, 2022

Pasture Walk

July 13, 2022
Gainesville, NY

Myth Busting 8 Common Beliefs About Cover Crops

Last Modified: June 21, 2022
Myth Busting 8 Common Beliefs About Cover Crops

Common cover crop discussions explained further. 


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. 


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. 


Calculating Your Cost of Production - Start with Knowing Your Numbers!

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

Last Modified: March 22, 2022
Calculating Your Cost of Production - Start with Knowing Your Numbers!

Cost of Production is a financial analysis tool for farms of all shapes and sizes to use to improve their decision making capacity and operate their farm business profitably.  Cost of production is calculated by adding the costs associated with a certain farm enterprise (or production area), and dividing that by the total units of production over a designated time frame (usually a year).


National Young Farmers Coalition announces Young Farmers Grant Program

Last Modified: January 22, 2022

The National Young Farmers Coalition is partnering with Chipotle to offer $5,000 grants to 50 young farmers and ranchers to support them in building careers in agriculture.


Assess Your Farm Business Health within a Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles

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

Last Modified: January 21, 2022

Cornell Small Farms Program (CSFP) and Cornell Cooperative Extension are teaming up with diversified farmers like you to analyze your farm's finances and have productive, honest discussions about the state of your business and opportunities for improving your financial outcomes. 


Thinking about a solar lease? Here are 5 things you should consider.

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

Last Modified: January 21, 2022
Thinking about a solar lease? Here are 5 things you should consider.

Rural landowners across the Southwest New York Region, and New York State in general, have been receiving invitations from solar companies to lease their land for utility scale solar arrays. While this has been around for several years, the general trend of increasing renewable energy sources has spurred lots of conversations about the potential benefits, pitfalls, and logistics of hosting solar arrays on your property. 


Dairy Margin Coverage - Foundational Risk Management for your Milk Production

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

Last Modified: January 6, 2022
Dairy Margin Coverage - Foundational Risk Management for your Milk Production

For dairy farmers, milk production and profitability can be a tricky thing to plan for. It's even trickier when you take into consideration all of the different places where systems can break down, prices can drop, and life (or a more visual term synonymous with manure) happens. Knowing your options for farm risk management, especially dairy price risk management, is important to make sound decisions to help protect your farm financially. 


Feeding Food Waste Fact Sheet Series

Last Modified: January 6, 2022

Dairy Environmental Systems has published new fact

sheets on the topics of feeding dairy cattle food waste - wet brewers and wet
distillers grains, and anaerobic digestion biogas utilization options with a
combined heat and power (CHP) technology comparison.






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