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 PD-Arrow-Small e-Leader 
 October 2016
 In this issue:
  • When can OSHA investigate death or serious injury of a farm owner?
  • Field Crops Program Survey
  • Veterinary Feed Directive Changes Effective in January
  • "Show Us Your Dairy Day" Contest
  • Save the Date!

When can OSHA investigate death or serious injury of a farm owner?

Owners and employees in family farm businesses often have close relationships, so when unexpected tragedy strikes, beyond a serious injury or precious loss of a life, it is often that much more difficult because a friend or family member is involved. Recent farm tragedies in NYS have raised the question of when may OSHA investigate an owner-related death or serious injury? Owners are exempt, right? Not so fast. PRO-DAIRY's Senior Extension Specialist Karl Czymmek and NEDPA Executive Director Tonya Van Slyke developed an OSHA e-Alert based on recent communication with OSHA staff.

"Show Us Your Dairy Day" Contest

The Northeast Agribusiness & Feed Alliance, along with the New York Animal Ag Coalition and other supporting agricultural organizations, are seeking quality "homegrown" videos and photos created by dairy farmers to aid in a collaborative advocacy project. We need short videos (less
than 60 seconds) and photos that show what dairy farmers are doing on their farms and explain why they're doing it. Your photos and videos will help tell the story about modern agriculture through a year-long
initiative to continue the conversation about what farmers do and why they do what they do. E-mail entries to Eileen Jensen at Submission deadline is October 28. Full video contest details are online.

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Field Crops Program Survey

As the Field Crops Extension Program faces many changes we are seeking stakeholder input on setting priorities for the future of our programs. PRO-DAIRY's Dairy Forage Systems Specialist Joe Lawrence encourages you to take the time to provide your thoughts and help us shape future programming. All data collected is anonymous. The Field Crops Survey is an online survey. Thank you for your time!

Veterinary Feed Directive Changes Effective in January

PRO-DAIRY's Dairy Herd Health & Management Specialist, Rob Lynch, DVM, posted a Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive Changes e-Alert. Most in the dairy industry are aware of recent guidance coming from the FDA as part of the agency’s policies on judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs. As the final phase of implementation approaches, now is a good time to remind everyone what has changed regarding feed-use and water-use antibiotic products which were, up until now, purchased over the counter (OTC).

Save the Date!

  • Calf & Heifer Congress 2016
    Laying the Foundation for Top Herd Performance
    December 7 & 8, 2016.
    Doubletree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY.
    Early registration deadline is November 1.
  • 2016 Feed Dealer Seminars            Held at 6 sites in New York and 1 in Vermont from November 14 through November 18, 2016.
  • Academy for Dairy Executives
    Sessions begin December 13 – 14, 2016.
    Western New York Region
    Application deadline is October 20.
  • Operations Managers Conference
    Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops and Technology
    January 24 - 25, 2017
    Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse
    Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available.
  • CDEP Management Symposium
    Strategic Management for Future Success
    February 21 – 22, 2017.
    The Strathallan, Rochester, New York
  • Herd Health and Nutrition Conference
    In collaboration with Northeast Agribusiness
    April 12, 2017
    Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse 

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