February 1 Pro-Dairy’s Winter Forage Meeting Take Your Forage and Feeding Program to the next level! Held at the Holiday Inn, 2468 NYS Route 414N, Waterloo, NY. Cost is $50 per person. Questions? Contact Heather Darrow at 607-255-4478.
February 2-4 New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) Manure Pit Safety Demonstrations at the Western NY Farm Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY. Training sessions are 4 hours long (1 hour classroom style, 3 hours hands-on training) and is for first responders. Sessions are free of charge and limited to 30 participants. Contact Jim Carrabba at 800-343-7527 ext. 2216 for registration.
February 16 Pesticide Recertification Meeting held at the Education Center, 248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY. Cost is $25 per person. DEC Credits have been applied for.
February 21 Slow-Moving Vehicle Symposium from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m . At the Doubletree Hotel, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY. Who Should Attend: Horse Drawn Vehicle Operators, Law Enforcement, Farm/Agriculture, Construction, Highway Safety Advocates. The symposium will provide information on transportation regulations and how to comply as well as addressing transportation safety on the road and the farm.
February 21 & 22 2017 Cornell Dairy Executive Program Management Symposium to be held at The Strathallan, 550 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. A Unique Management Education Symposium for Progressive Dairy Managers. For more information contact Heather Darrow at 607-255-4478.
February 23—25 NY Farm Show held at the NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. Tickets are available at the CCE Cayuga County Education Center, 248 Grant Avenue, Auburn.
February 24 2017 Tractor Safety Certification Course for Youth Last Day to Sign Up!
March 9 – Winter Dairy Management 2017 “Don’t be Lame” Held at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee Street road, Auburn, NY. Winter Dairy Management meeting provides local access to current research. Farm Service Agency borrower credits are available. Winter Dairy Management 2017 Will focus on keeping cows on their feet and free from lameness. The program will address preventing hoof problems and how to identify lameness issues as quickly as possible. Registration available here. Questions? Contact Judy Wright at 315-255-1183 (ext. 234) OR Keith Severson (ext. 225).
March 11 – Farming 101 Workshop to be held at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pre-registration is requested – call 607-734-4453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to what is involved in starting a farm. The topics to be covered include the business and production aspects of getting started. Understanding soil and forest resources, critical to a productive enterprise, will be covered in the morning session, as well as, business logistics, planning the startup processes and marketing approaches to help participants identify steps to take to launch a farm business. In the afternoon, panels of experienced farmers will be sharing production basics for livestock (all species) and horticultural (fruit & veggie) crop production. There is a $15 charge for the workshop ($25 per couple) payable in advance or at the door.
March 13 – Grain Marketing Learning Opportunity Held at the CCE Cayuga County Education Center, 248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY. Please pre-register at 610-391-9840. FREE to attend.
March 15 – Farm and Rural Land Leases Held at the CCE Cayuga County Education Center, 248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY. More information can be found here.
March 16—17 NOFA-NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference Held at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway. To register, call 585-271-1979 ext. 1.
March 18 Farming 101 Workshop to be held at the Tioga Cooperative Extension office in Owego from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pre-registration is requested – call 607-687-4020 or email Margaret Ball at email@example.com. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to what is involved in starting a farm. The topics to be covered include the business and production aspects of getting started. Understanding soil and forest resources, critical to a productive enterprise, will be covered in the morning session, as well as, business logistics, planning the startup processes and marketing approaches to help participants identify steps to take to launch a farm business. In the afternoon, panels of experienced farmers will be sharing production basics for livestock (all species) and horticultural (fruit & veggie) crop production. There is a $15 charge for the workshop ($25 per couple) payable in advance or at the door.
March 22 – Last day to order your pheasant chicks! Each year the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) makes available over 30,000 day old pheasant chicks for individuals to raise and release on public lands. The program known as the Cooperative Day-old Pheasant Chick Program (DOCP) was designed to assist in revitalizing the ring-necked pheasant population in the area. If you are interested in raising pheasant chicks you can place an order here OR call Peggy Lillie (ext. 238) at 315-255-1183 to place your order.
June 8 – Small Grains Management Field Day held at Musgrave Research Farm. More information available here.
July 13 – Aurora Farm Field Day held at Musgrave Research Farm. For more information or to register click here.
September 17 – 23 – National Farm Safety and Health Week
September 30 – Stocker Initiative Short Course Interested in learning about stocker cattle? This course is designed for farmers of all experience levels to learn about managing stocker cattle (calves purchased in the spring, then sold to a finisher after adding weight using relatively inexpensive, excess pasture.) The first series is classroom based and begins Saturday, September 30. In-person sessions will be held at CCE of Allegany and will be streamed to remote sites. CCE Cayuga County located at 248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY will be a remote site with a minimum of 10 required for registration. Cost per series is $100 per person and $50 each additional person from same family or farm. Fee includes lunch and all materials. To register contact Barb Jones, at 607-255-7712. For more information click here or contact Audia Denton, Stocker Short Course Coordinator, or Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Specialist at 607-255-5923.
October 21 – Household Hazardous Waste for Farms. Runs from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. If you are a grower/producer who has potentially hazardous chemicals, please call us at 315-255-1183 (ext. 238) to schedule an appointment. You must register for this event before October 20th. Register here!
October 28 – Beef Quality Assurance Program. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Tim Pallokat Farm, 3442 Benjamin Road, Union Springs, NY. There is no charge for the training but there is a $10 charge for the BQA manual (one per farm or family). More information can be found on the Beef Quality Assurance page in the Cattlemen’s Corner. To register contact the NY Beef Council at 315-339-6922 or email.
October 30 – Pro-Dairy Online Course: Dairy Cattle Reproductive Management. Runs through December 15. Click here for registration and more information.
November 13 – 15 –AG Inservice – held at the ILR Conference Center (Please note: this is a Monday – Wednesday instead of Tuesday – Thursday.) More information can be found here.
Pro-Dairy Academy for Dairy Executives begins. This year long program develops the skills that are necessary to run a successful dairy business in individuals who have 5 or more years of dairy experience in a decision making position, and who are committed to a career in the dairy business. For more information and application click here.