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 PD-Arrow-Small e-Leader 
December 2015
 In this issue:
  • PRO-DAIRY Hires Dr. Robert Lynch as Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist
  • Public Comment Open for  CAFO Permits
  • Weekly Thursday Webinar Series January Schedule Posted
  • NYAAC Seeks Applicants for New Advocacy Position
  • Middle and Senior Managers in  Agriculture Survey Results

  • Save the Date: NEDPA and Herd Health and Nutrition Conferences

PRO-DAIRY Hires Dr. Robert Lynch, DVM, as Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist

PRO-DAIRY has hired Dr. Robert A. Lynch, DVM as Senior Extension Associate – Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist. This newly created position enhances the capacity of PRO-DAIRY and results from a response to industry needs and increased funding from New York State in 2015 – 2016.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand PRO-DAIRY’s capacity with a professional of Lynch’s caliber and experience,” said PRO-DAIRY Director Tom Overton. “He has extensive training and experience working with the dairy industry here in the Northeast and has true passion for helping dairy producers and their advisors innovate. He will join the PRO-DAIRY team on February 1.”

As Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist, Lynch will establish a statewide extension program focused on dairy herd health and management for the New York dairy industry. He will link with faculty and staff in the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine and work to translate research-based concepts to practice within the dairy industry. View the news release about Dr. Lynch's hire on PRO-DAIRY's website.

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DEC Announces Draft General Permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Available for Public Comment
Two general permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are available for public review and comment through February 7, 2016. These draft CAFO general permits are expected to replace the existing permits on July 1, 2016. DEC's draft General Permits for CAFOs are available at DEC's website.

Weekly Thursday Webinar Series

PRO-DAIRY in partnership with DairyBusiness East has launched a weekly webinar series each Thursday from 1 to 2 pm EST. Registration is not required. Click on the Dairy Webinars section of PRO-DAIRY's website to join. The January 2016 webinar schedule is now posted online.

NYAAC Seeks Applicants for New Advocacy Position

The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition is seeking a full-time Director of Promotion & Outreach to aid in its statewide advocacy efforts. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Ziehm at Apply by January 31, 2016.

Study Shows Differences Between Middle and Senior Managers in Production Agriculture

Senior and middle farm managers differ significantly in their perceptions related to the competencies of middle managers, according to a recent study conducted by NY Farm Net. Middle managers rated their management competencies consistently higher in all 16 management competencies than did their senior managers. 103 middle and senior managers participated in the study. Both levels of managers indicated they want to develop communications (written and verbal), time management and interpersonal skills.

Save the Date:

2016 NEDPA Conference
March 8 – 9, 2016
Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY

The Northeast Dairy Producers (NEDPA) conference features a progressive agenda, speakers and six break out sessions to inspire the Northeast Dairy Industry.

2016 Herd Health & Nutrition Conferences
April 13, 2016 – Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY
April 14, 2016 – Burlington, VT

These conferences provide an opportunity to network and increase herd health and nutrition management knowledge.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available for both conferences.

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