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Regional Teams Invaluable to Local Farmers

Cooperative Extension regional agriculture programs are the result of unique partnerships that provide opportunities to commercial producers beyond their individual counties’ borders. These ag teams present educational programs on a wide variety of topics, consult with commercial farmers and producers in a timely manner on specific technical issues, provide on-site visits when necessary and provide assitance to beginning farmers in addition to those making production changes.

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Emergency responder information on pesticide spills and accidents: CHEMTREC: 800-424-9300

For pesticide information: National Pesticide Information Center: 800-858-7378

To Report Oil and Hazardous Material Spills in New York State: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response - 800-457-7362 (in NYS), 518-457-7362 (outside NYS)

Poison Control Centers: Poison Control Centers nationwide: 800-222-1222  If you are unable to reach a Poison Control Center or obtain the information your doctor needs, the office of the NYS Pesticide Coordi-nator at Cornell University, 607-255-1866, may be able to assist you in obtaining such information.


Useful Links

Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Growers: Up to date recommendations by crop.

Home Gardening resources for flowers, vegetables, and more.

Cornell Maple Program: learn about maple research and extension. Locate local maple producers.

Organic Agriculture at Cornell

Small or Beginning Farms

USDA Fruit & Vegetable Market News

Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation


Agriculture & Horticulture
Value Added Producer Grant Program
Posted 2/3/2021


Are you interested in learning about Value Added Producer Grants through the USDA? Join CCE Educators for a 3 session program brought to you by:


CCE Madison County, CCE Oneida County, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team and Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team



Pesticide Applicator License
Posted 1/4/2021

January 11, 2021, How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License.       Online via Zoom  1:00 - 3:30 PM EST Cost: $5 for ENYCHP enrollees. $10 for non-enrollees. See attached for more information


Upcoming Educational Series on Pasture Management
Posted 8/31/2020

Join Livestock and Field Crops Specialists, Amy Barkley and Josh Putman, for a webinar series focused on fall pasture management. In this series, Josh and Amy will be exploring pasture management from its most basic perspective: soil health. Many weed problems experienced in pastures can be a result of inadequate fertility, poor stand establishment, or overgrazing. Soil testing, followed by proper soil amending, is a cost-effective first step to reducing weed pressure and getting the most out of pastures for years to come.       This joint-taught series focuses on three timely topics: late-season weed ID and management; soil sampling, preparation and submission; and interpreting soil test repots and adjusting fertility. The series will run on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm from September 3rd – September 17th.            Registration with be $25 and offers access to all 3 live sessions, the recordings, and the lecture materials. For those with limited or no internet access, we are providing mailed, printed copies of the notes and CDs of the lecture recordings, as requested.     In addition to the program flyer (attached), we have come up with a promotional video for the series. Please feel free to share both widely. We’re looking forward to sharing this information with producers across the region and state. 

Amy Barkley - Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension - SWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

amb544@cornell.edu |swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu           716.640.0844

Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Posted 8/4/2020

Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

 In response to the massive market disruptions to commodities resulting from the COVID pandemic, USDA has enacted the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

 CFAP provides direct relief to agricultural producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. In New York, we have already approved 3,904 applications and disbursed over $153 million as of Monday. Many farmers have applied for CFAP already, but the numbers indicate that some who are eligible have not.

 We want to make sure that all New York producers who are eligible for CFAP know about the program and apply by the August 28 deadline. A wide range of commodities are eligible for CFAP. You can access the full list of eligible non-specialty, specialty, livestock, dairy, and wool commodities by visiting farmers.gov/cfap.

Episode 8: “Pulling it All Together – Management for Record Setting Cows” is now available.
Posted 8/4/2020

Episode 8: “Pulling it All Together – Management for Record Setting Cows” is now available.  

 It’s available on Pro-Dairy’s website at the following link: https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/events/podcasts/

  Lots of great information to help you manage your herd so that it achieves its genetic potential.

  David R Balbian

Area Dairy Management Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops

PO Box 177, Galway, NY 12074



Cell: 518-312-3592


Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer

Episode 7-Reproduction, Gestation & the Dry Period
Posted 8/4/2020

Episode 7: “Reproduction, Gestation and the Dry Period” is now available.  

 It’s available on Pro-Dairy’s website at the following link: https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/events/podcasts/


 Lots of great information to help you manage your herd so that it achieves its genetic potential.


David R Balbian

Managing Forages through a Season of Drought
Posted 8/4/2020
Managing Forages Through a Season of Drought: A Free Two-Part Webinar Series
Hosted by: North Country Regional Ag Team
 Part 1: Pasture First Aid for Drought Recovery, Thursday, July 30th
• A Livestock Perspective - Betsy Hodge (15 min)
• Getting the Most out of the Rest of the Growing Season ? and into 2021 - Kitty (25 min)
• Setting up Pastures for Long Term Recovery - Kitty (12.5 min)
• Emergency Forage Planting Options for Late Fall & Early Spring - Joe Lawrence (15 min)
• Q & A

Exploring the Small Farm Dream
Posted 8/4/2020

Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Farming Right for You?

Thursdays in August (6, 13, 20, and 27) 6-7:30pm

During this four part online series participants will begin to think through small scale farming as a business (rather than a hobby), learn what it takes to start and manage a farm business and decide whether that is something they want to pursue. Through a weekly online zoom meeting, peer support and self-study participants will finish the series being able to answer whether farming is for them, and move onto working through a business plan. The cost to attend this workshop is $50/farm or family (2 registrations included). This includes a padfolio and a workbook to walk through the four-part decision making phase. Pre-registration is required. Veterans engaged in agriculture can attend for free. Please email Laura Biasillo at lw257@cornell.edu for a discount code. For more information email lw257@cornell.edu. Please register by August 3 to ensure enough time for mailing of the materials. Click Here to Register. The Zoom link will be sent the morning of the kick-off, August 6.

Episode 6-Managing the Lactating Cows Environment
Posted 8/4/2020

Episode 6: “Managing the Lactating Cows’ Environment” is now available.  

 It’s available on Pro-Dairy’s website at the following link: https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/events/podcasts/


 Lots of great information to help you manage your herd so that it achieves its genetic potential.



Where Poultry meets Virtually
Posted 7/15/2020
MPF announces full schedule for virtual education
16+ hours of education available on-demand starting August 12

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Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Regional Team

CNY Dairy Newsletter

September/October 2013

Dairy Producers can find articles in this issue about:

  • The Academy for Dairy Executives
  • NYSERDA Money Available: It’s a Great Deal !!
  • Forage Shortfalls Again?
  • Immature Corn Silage
  • Dairy Acceleration Program

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Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Program Annual Report 2012

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