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USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. Select FSA offices will be open on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22.

Staff members will be available at certain FSA offices to help producers with specific services, including:
• Processing payments made on or before December 31, 2018.
• Continuing expiring financing statements.
• Opening mail to identify priority items.
Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.

The New York locations of FSA offices to be open during this three-day window are as follows:

  • Chautaugua County Service Center 220 Fluvanna Ave, Suite 600, Jamestown, NY 14701 (716) 664-2351
  • Cortland County Service Center 1 North Main St, Cortland, NY 13045 (607) 753-0851
  • Genesee County Service Center 29 Liberty St, Suite 4, Batavia, NY 14020 (585) 343-9167
  • Jefferson County Service Center 21168 NYS Rt 232, Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 782-7289
  • Oneida County Service Center 9025 River Rd, Room 201, Marcy NY, 13403 (315) 736-3316
  • Ontario County Service Center 3037 County Road 10, Canadaigua NY 14424 (585) 394-0525
  • Orange County Service Center 225 Dolson Ave, Suite 1A, Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-1872
  • St. Lawrence County Service Center 1942 Old Dekalb Rd, Canton NY 13617 (315) 386-2401
  • Steuben County Service Center 415 West Morris Street, Bath, NY 14810 (607) 776-7398
  • Washington County Service Center 2530 Rt 40, Greenwich, NY 12834 (518) 692-994

While staff are available in person during this three-day window, most available services can be handled over the phone.
Additionally, farmers who have loan deadlines during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends.
For more information on services available click here .

Beef Meeting – Feb 9 in Falconer, NY

Annual Meeting of the New York Beef Producers’ Association Region 2 and Chautauqua County Beef Producers’ Association for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Social hour at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm

The Falcons Nest Banquet Hall,
2001 E. Main Street Ext., Falconer, NY.

Reservations for dinner are required by February 4th by
contacting Ted Card, at 716-664-3339 or

Agenda and speaker information.


Reminder – Winter Green-Up is Jan 26.

Eleventh Annual Winter Green-Up
Grazing Conference
January 26, 2019, 8:00 AM-4:15 PM
The Century House • 997 New Loudon Road • Latham • NY

Come join us at our eleventh Winter Green-Up, the Capital District’s original grazing conference! Hear talks from grazing experts, get to know other farmers and enjoy the traditional Winter Green-Up buffet luncheon,
featuring grass-fed, locally grown meats


To Register online:


Beef Stocker Production and Financial Analysis Presentation

January 22nd, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm via Zoom conference

There has been a renewed interest in promoting stocker cattle operations in the Northeast. Long the land of dairy and cow calf operations, stocker cattle may represent a viable option for those who grow cattle seasonally or do not have the resources to enter the seed stock business. New York appears to be well suited to establish seasonal stocker operations due to availability of excellent forage and grazing land.

To support this interest, especially in the Southern Tier, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets funded a project to provide education in this enterprise.

This presentation will outline the procedural and financial outcomes of Jason Detzel’s first year raising stocker cattle. Like any new operation, it takes perseverance and patience to stabilize and grow the business into a viable entity. This presentation will highlight the successes and the mistakes of his first year running stocker cattle. He will review methods including grazing routine, water system, conditioning and veterinary concerns, and transportation as well as a marketing program including the individual profit to loss ratios, FSA loan and custom work fees, and the realities of finding buyers for feeder cattle from New York.

This online presentation is free.

To connect by computer click on this link: This will allow audio and video viewing.

For information on how to use the ZOOM platform, go to the Zoom_Participant’s_Guide.

If you can’t connect by computer, you can dial in at 1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 880 167 465.
After the course is complete it will be uploaded to the CCEUC YouTube page and can be viewed by anyone who wishes.

Jason looks forward to walking you though his triumphs, failures, and lessons gleaned from the first season running stocker cattle. He will also be looking for any input, advice, sympathizing, and even the criticism that this presentation will generate so bring on the comments!

Please feel free to call or email Jason further questions
Jason Detzel
Livestock Resource Educator
845-340-3990 extension 327
Cornell Cooperative Ulster County
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401

Feeder cattle auction – Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for January 5 2019

*** Next Feeder Special will be February 2, 2019 @ 10:00am ***

Today Last Sale Year Ago
Receipts: 694 1379 597

Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers sold mostly 15.00-20.00 higher.
Number 1 Feeder heifers sold 20.00-30.00 higher. Number 1 Feeder bulls sold 15.00-25.00 higher.
Cattle supply moderate. Demand good. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 43 percent steers,
3 percent Holsteins, 37 percent heifers, 17 percent bulls, with 33.5 percent
weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 311 steers, 258 heifers, and 125 bulls.
All prices per cwt.

Full report.

For all USDA Livestock and Grain market reports:

Partial funding for this project: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets project “Stocker cattle: Using underutilized grasslands to improve economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.”

NYBPA Annual Winter Conference – Early registration ends today

2019 Annual Conference January 18-19, 2019

DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY.

We are excited about the new changes:

* Con-Current Sessions- 3 presenters, 3 Conference Rooms
* Dairy/Beef Sessions
* Beginner/Improvements Sessions
* Marketing/Direct Marketing Sessions
* Hands on Sessions
* Different Break Sessions- Water Tub Talk- Pasture Playtime – The Chute Side Chat Room
* Fake Meat what’s it all about
* What’s out there? – Different Farm Grants and Programs
* For the Cook in the House – Cooking Demonstrations
* Something for Everyone in the “Beef Community”
* Trade Show




Speaker Pictures & Bios (PDF)

You won’t know until you go. Make plans NOW.
Book your rooms by calling TODAY.

Double Tree Hotel Reservations – 315-432-0200 ask for the NY Beef Producers Block for Special Rate of $106.00 per night.
Deadline to book rooms at this rate is January 2, 2019

NEW – this includes FREE Breakfast with choice of 4 breakfast options.

Good afternoon,

NY FarmNet is partnering with 4 CCE county office/teams to bring Mental Health First Aid Training to the agricultural community in New York. If you are available please join us at one of the trainings.

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

Trainings are set for:

  • January 17 from 8:30 am – 5 pm at the Agriculture and Business Center 36 Center Street in Warsaw. The training cost is $25 per person including lunch and a manual. Register today either on-line at: or by contacting Lisa Aures at Cornell Cooperative Extension, or 585-786-2251, ext. 123. For questions about the training please reach out to the Wyoming County Mental Health Department at 585-786-8871.
    February 1 from 8:30 – 5 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County Offices in Morrisville. The training cost is $50 per person, which covers materials and lunch. Register online at:
    February 4 from 8:30 – 5 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County Offices in Voorheesville in partnership with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program. The training cost is $50 per person, which covers materials and lunch. Registration information is forthcoming
    February 28 from 8:30 am – 5 pm at SUNY Potsdam in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. Registration information is forthcoming

Contact Kate Downes at with any questions regarding the four trainings. Additional information on the trianings is available at:


Daniel Welch
Business and Succession Planning Coordinator
NY FarmNet
The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
350 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.7103 | Fax: 607.254.7435 | Mobile: 607.342.2545 ||

Rotational Grazing For Beginners

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

How can rotational grazing help you? It can help you to increase your profits by:

Lowering your feed costs
Improving your pastures
Decreasing farm labor
Producing healthier animals

In this class, Livestock Educator, Jason Detzel, will teach the basics and benefits of rotating your animals, including:

The advantages of rotational grazing vs. traditional continuous grazing models
Planning a system that works for your particular property
Infrastructure and management
Calving and breeding considerations
Water and forage management
Use of stockpiling forage for winter

Registration deadline: January 31