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 PD-Arrow-Small e-Leader 
 July 2015
 In this issue:
  • Dairy Profit Seminars
  • Confined Space-Manure Pit Safety
  • OSHA Regulations Workshop
  • 2015 Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference
  • NY FarmNet Middle Manager Research Survey
  • Informational Meeting on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)

Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days 2015

Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 11 through 13 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls.

The 2015 Dairy Profit Seminars will include:

  • Tuesday: Milk Quality: How and Why
  • Wednesday: Re-Investing in Your Dairy – the Planning Process
  • Thursday: Using Income over Feed Costs to Manage Your Dairy

The seminars are a collaboration between Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY and DairyBusiness East magazine. Each session starts at 10:30 am at the Dairy Seminar Center, located on the show grounds. They are free and open to the public.

The Junior DAIRY LEADER formal presentation and graduation ceremony will be held at 1:30 pm, Wednesday at the Dairy Seminar Center and will be followed by an ice cream reception. The Junior DAIRY LEADER is a statewide year-long program for youth between the ages of 16 to 19 who have an interest in learning more about careers in the dairy field, along with adding to their leadership, personal and professional development.

The seminars are sponsored by AgRisk Management, ASAP Interiors, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Dairy Farmers of America, Farm Credit East, Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Lincoln Financial Advisors, Multimin USA and PikeSide Enterprises.

Additional events in the Dairy Seminar Center include: Empire State Milk Quality Council's 25 Year Super Milk Winner Roundtable at 1 pm, Tuesday; Economic Strategies and Feed Additive Update at 12:30 pm, Wednesday; and It Takes a Vision to Leave a Legacy at 12:30 pm, Thursday.

More complete details are available in the press release.

Confined Space-Manure Pit Safety

  • 7:00 to 9:00 am, August 14, Sunnyside Farms, Inc., Scipio Center, NY

This free safety training opportunity for farmers could save lives. It is instructed by National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Director Dan Neenan, of Peosta, Iowa, who is a parademic specialist with a firefighting specialist degree.

Learn how to recognize manure pit hazards, monitor air quality, safe entry, harnessing and rigging.

Registration is required. Contact NYCAMH Agricultural Safety Specialist Jim Carrabba, 800-343-7527 x2216,

Sponsored by New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH}, Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America (ASHCA}, New York Farm Bureau Member Services, Inc. Safety Group 486, Farm Credit East, and Sunnyside Farms, Inc.

Safety Meeting and OSHA Regulations Workshop

  •  10:30 am – 3 pm, August 26 at McMahon’s EZ Acres shop, 5930 W Scott Rd, Homer, NY.

The meeting is free, but RSVP by August 19 to be included for lunch. For questions, call Betsy Hicks at 607.753.5213 or email To register, call Jen Atikinson at 607.753.5078 or email

The workshop, organized by the South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team, will focus on Safety and OSHA regulations on dairy farms. Karl Czymmek, PRO-DAIRY, and Jim Carraba, NYCAMH, will speak about the Dairy Dozen, farm safety and what to do to be compliant with OSHA standards.

Danielle Volles, a local producer who went through an unplanned OSHA inspection, will talk about her farm's experiences and what they did to get and stay in compliance. Updates on the surprise inspections will also be discussed. Following lunch, the workshop will continue with a walk-through of EZ Acres’ facilities to highlight safety areas that producers should pay attention to. Ample time for questions and discussion is scheduled.

Producers who attend this workshop can claim the safety session as training for their own records.

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2015 Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference and Tours

Registration is still open for this 2-day regional conference and optional third days of tours! Register online at the conference website.

This event will feature a unique opportunity to learn about emerging dairy housing and manure management systems in conjunction with regional climate trends and national and international market force drivers. Climate adaptation strategies for the Northeast and upper Midwest is also a major conference focus. The timing and location of the conference offer attendees the opportunity to visit the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York.

The conference will also feature multiple tour options showcasing on-farm integrated waste handling/treatment systems and on-farm climate adaptation strategies.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Hans Johr: The Corporate Head of Agriculture for Nestle in Switzerland. He will discuss the role of climate change with respect to global ag policy decision making, while highlighting the importance of planning for and adapting to perceived changes in climate and their impact on ag facilities.
  • John Fiscalini: California dairyman and cheese-maker, home of the world-famous Fiscalini farmstead cheese!
  • Frank Mitloehner: Professor and Extension Specialist at UC-Davis, specializing in agricultural air quality and sustainability. He will discuss sustainable intensification of animal agriculture to satisfy human nutritional needs while protecting the environment.

NY FarmNet Seeks Senior, Mid-level Farm Managers for Research Survey

NY FarmNet is seeking senior and middle managers working in farm businesses for a new research effort that hopes to determine attributes of successful managers, as well as identify areas for improvement. Survey results may be used to develop educational programs for farm managers.

"Middle managers play an important role in the success of agriculture. However, limited research exists related to the current skillset of on-farm middle managers," said NY FarmNet Executive Director Ed Staehr. "Information obtained from this study will provide valuable information for furthering and developing agricultural managers with the necessary skillsets to ensure long-term successes and sustainability of the agricultural industry."

The definitions are as follows:

Middle Managers - A key employee that is controlled and controls. A middle is responsible for a designated area of the business, may or may not supervise employees, and may or may not serve as a junior partner. Most middle managers have some decision making authority, while senior managers are ultimately responsible for the decisions of middle managers.

Senior Manager- A senior manager controls and is not controlled. Senior managers have final decision making authority for all, or a portion of the business. Senior managers are responsible for the decisions made by middle managers. For the purposes of this study, a senior manager must have full or partial ownership of the business; otherwise they are a middle manager.

The survey link is online.

For more information, contact (607) 255-4121.

Informational Meeting on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)

Have you ever wondered: What is Blue-Green Algae? Is it algae or a bacteria? Why is it sometimes called ‘cyanobacteria’? Why are there ‘blooms’? Am I contributing to this?  What are the long term impacts? 

Regardless of where you live in a watershed you may be effecting the occurrence of cyanobacteria.

An informational meeting on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) will be held:

  • 6:30 to 8:30 pm, July 29th at the Ward W. O’Hara Ag Museum, Karpinski Room, 6880 East Lake Road, Auburn, NY.

Speakers Include:

· Nelson G. Hairston, Jr., Professor of Environmental Science, Cornell will provide a research perspective on cyanobacteria (Blue-Green algae).

· Dave MacNeill, New York Sea Grant, will discuss ways to keep canine companions, people, livestock and waterfowl safe around local waterways when cyanobacteria (Blue-Green algae) may be present.

· Stefan Lutter, Environmental Resource Educator, CCE Cayuga County will address what impact climate change could have on the ecosystem of waterbodies related to cyanobacteria (Blue- Green algae).

For more information contact Stefan Lutter ( CCE Cayuga County Environmental Resource Educator at 315-255-1183 ext. 229.

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