In December e-Leader, we introduced the new NY Phosphorus Index (NY-PI) and provided some background. Farms that are regulated as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) will need to start using the new NY-PI 2.0 when the CAFO Permit is updated (current permits are due to be renewed in 2022). Farms that are in state or federal cost share programs will need to use the tool based on NRCS determination. Agency discussions are in progress to make sure the roll-out is as smooth as possible.
Coefficients were set for the new NY-PI using a database of more than 33,000 New York farm fields supplied by certified nutrient management planners and a second dataset that included data for PI assessment and whole farm nutrient mass balance assessments for 18 New York AFO and CAFO farms. While some farm fields had to have manure diverted, in almost all situations, the NY-PI 2.0 provided a pathway for farms with an adequate land base to both reduce risk and apply the manure generated from their herd.
Stay tuned for documentation and software tools to help with implementation of the new NY-PI.
Cornell Dairy Pricing Survey
Calling all U.S. Dairy Farmers! Interested in how milk handlers pay you for quality and volume? Have a point of view on equitable hauling cost structures? Have preferences for selling to a farmer-owned cooperative or independent milk handler? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we want to hear from you. Your input will importantly inform how milk handlers consider these issues in alignment with dairy farmer preferences! Deadline February 15. It will take less than 15 minutes. Want to read about the results? Just include your email on the survey. Plus you have a chance to win one of five $100 VISA gift cards! For more information, contact Todd M. Schmit (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roberta M. Severson (email@example.com), Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management, Cornell University.
Wednesday Spanish Webinar
January 29, 2020 | 12:30-1:00 PM
Aprende los básicos de detectar vacas cojas, lo que promueva mejor bienestar de las vacas y ayuda al rancho para ahorrar dinero.
Learn the basics of detecting lame cows, which promotes better animal welfare and helps the farm to save money.
Previous recorded webinars in English cover a range of topics including:
Dairy Cattle Reproductive Management | Dairy Cattle Nutrition | Milk Quality and Milking System Management | Dairy Replacement Management | Herd Health and Cow Comfort | Forage Management | Nutrient Management | Farm Business Management
Online registration is open for the Northeast Dairy Management Conference “Focus on the Future” March 11 – 12, 2020 at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY.
Previously known as the NEDPA Conference, this biennial conference will continue to offer high-quality programing targeted to progressive dairy farmers in the Northeast. Hosted by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Dairy Producers Association, the mission remains the same – to provide the latest information on current trends and topics in the dairy industry through dynamic and informative sessions designed to re-energize businesses and improve performance.
A sneak peak of presenters at the 2020 conference includes: Jay Waldvogel – Dairy Farmers of America; Steve Bodart – Compeer Financial; Phil Plourd – Blimling and Associates; Cheryl Jones – University of Kentucky; Julio Giordano – Cornell University; Chuck Palmer – Michael Best and Friedrich LLP; Emily Stepp – National Milk Producers Federation; Karl Czymmek – Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY; Chris Wolf – Cornell University; Tom Wall – Dairy Coach LLC; and Richard Stup – Cornell Ag Workforce Development.
Additional conference highlights include sponsored pre-conference presentations, NEDPA annual meeting, exhibitor trade show, Popp Award Presentations, labor panel, and networking dinner. Early bird registration ends February 14.
2020 Becker Forum – Farm Labor: Times of Change presentations included:
- An Initial Guide to Collective Bargaining Rights and Responsibilities Under the Farm Laborers’ Fair Labor Practices Act
- Bortnyk, Future of H-2A 2020
- Donahue, Managing in a Unionized Workplace
- Regelbrugge, Immigration Policy Washington Update
- Stup, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining under New York’s FLFLPA
- Viau, Complying with NY Agricultural Wage and Hour Laws