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APRIL 2021

Managing Forage Digestibility to Combat High Commodity Prices

Forage quality is important. It is hard to attend a meeting or read an agricultural publication without hearing this point, and while there is a risk of becoming numb to the message, this spring presents yet another reminder of how critical this can be to control production cost on a dairy. In this article Joe Lawrence, Cornell PRO-DAIRY, focuses on high forage diets to combat higher commodity cost. This information can also help plan what commodities may be needed in the new diet. Regardless of price trends, watch markets for relative deals on these inputs throughout the late summer and early fall to lock in favorable prices for the period when this silage will be fed. Read Managing Forage Digestibility to Combat High Commodity Prices article.

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate course registration open

Organizing Work for High Quality Results
June 18 - July 29, 2021 | Online via Moodle
Registration: $265.00 per person for Organizing Work for High Quality Results.

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development has opened registration for Organizing Work for High Quality Results, the second course offered by the Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate program. The six courses within the certificate program, which can be taken in any order, offer extensive practice and engagement activities to build confidence and skill sets. Organizing Work for High Quality Results teaches how to develop clear expectations and standard operating procedures, delegate effectively, and diagnose and correct performance problems.

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development leadership courses are appropriate for both new and experienced farm supervisors and managers, and those preparing to become supervisors. All participants will learn leadership concepts and practice skills that will improve their ability to build a positive workplace and get results through leading others.

Basic dairy nutrition online course
May 14 - June 24, 2021 | Online via Moodle
Registration: $265.00 per person. Register by May 1, 2021 and receive a $25 discount!

Presented as a partnership of Cornell University and Miner Institute, this Basic Dairy Nutrition Shortcourse will cover basic principles of dairy cattle nutrition and their application within dairy herd management. It is designed primarily for beginning nutritionists and allied industry professionals seeking a more comprehensive foundation or a refresher in dairy cattle nutrition. This program has been taught in-person every other year at Miner Institute since 1997 and in 2021, we are offering this course for the first time in an online, virtual format with weekly opportunities for live interaction with speakers.


  • Forage Production and Silage Management
  • Carbohydrates, Protein and Amino Acids, and Fats and Fatty Acids
  • Calf and Heifer Nutrition
  • Environmental Aspects of Dairy Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Milk Components
  • Transition Cow Nutrition and Management

Managing and Abating Heat Stress on your Dairy in 2021
Understanding recent research on heat stress and what it means for your dairy herd
1:00 to 2:00 PM, May 12, 2021 | Online or by phone via Zoom
Register for Managing and Abating Heat Stress
For questions contact Alycia Drwencke by email at or phone at 517-416-0386.


  • Cooling dry cows, heifers and calves
  • Signs of heat stress by group
  • Long term effects on your herd
  • Considerations for profitability

Circular@NE: A Workshop on Food Scrap Recycling in the Northeast
1:00 to 4:00 PM, May 19, 2021 | Virtual
Register for Food Scrap Recycling Workshop

Hosted by Cornell University, the objective of the workshop is to share information about the opportunities and challenges of accepting food scraps on farms in advance of the New York State Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act, which will go into effect on January 1, 2022. This new law will make food scraps more widely available throughout the state.

The workshop will include an opportunity to hear from state officials from Massachusetts and Vermont, states where organics bans are already in place, about recycling food scraps on farms, as well as state officials from New York, who will talk about the specifics of the NY law. There will also be panels on anaerobic digestion for energy production, feeding food scraps to animals, and using scraps for composting and land spreading.

LeadNY opens applications for leaders in food, agricultural sectors

New York’s premier leadership development program in the food, agriculture and natural resources sectors of the Northeast is now accepting applications through June 1 for Class 19. LeadNY is a pioneering training program for mid-career professionals and provides intensive one- or two-year programs to improve leadership skills, self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement. Based at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the program links Cornell leadership and global development expertise with real-world training to help professionals maximize their potential in their careers and their community-based impact in the Northeast. LeadNY intends to deliver most of its curriculum through in-person seminars with rigorous safety and health protocols in place. The program anticipates a return to in-person gatherings and in-state travel by this fall when the new class begins, and eventually a return to out-of-state travel next year.

In Memory of Michael Thonney

Serving on the Animal Science Department faculty since 1975 and as director of graduate studies for the Field of Animal Science since 2013, Mike Thonney’s life-long commitment to research, teaching and outreach has been both foundational and transformational to the animal science field, his students and colleagues. In his role as director of the Cornell Sheep Program, Mike also established a sheep dairy on campus that has fostered much cross-disciplinary applied research and demonstration for students and faculty alike. His wisdom, kindness and humor will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to Mike’s family, students and colleagues in his many endeavors.

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