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May 2018
In this issue:
  • Looking at Leases: Part 2
  • Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days
  • 2017 Corn Silage Hybrid Trials
  • Grant Announced to Support Waste Storage and Transfer Systems for Water Quality Protection
  • Spanish Wednesday Webinars
  • Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management Shortcourse

Looking at Leases: Part 2

A written lease can help secure land access and lease terms with outside landlords, but many are unaware of how a lease can help manage liability risk. Between operating activities that come with higher than average risk, and large land bases that have high values, liability protection is an ever-growing concern for farm businesses. Without proper planning and documentation, a minor accident could leave a farm vulnerable to a costly, or even crippling, lawsuit.

A popular strategy to mitigate liability risk on farm operations is to separate land ownership from operations. Operating assets that have a higher liability risk, such as cows, equipment, vehicles, and employees, are kept in one entity, while the majority of the land ownership is either owned in one or more separate entities, or by individuals. This method has become common practice among dairy farms. For this protection to be maintained, however, it is crucial that the two entities demonstrate that they are truly separate businesses, and operate independently of each other.

Anna Richards, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, continues her series: Leases Part 2.

 The Ag Workforce Journal provides news, updates and other helpful information about the agricultural industry from Richard Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development, and other human resource experts.

Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days

The Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals at Empire Farm Days. This year’s show is slated for August 7 through 9 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls, NY.

The 2018 Dairy Profit Seminars will feature Three Dairy Herd Management Strategies for Challenging Times that will be offered on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings; Data to Dollars, making more money from your DHI records and milk samples on Tuesday afternoon; and Changing Times, Changing Consumers, telling dairy’s story today on Thursday morning. The Junior Dairy Leader graduation ceremonies will be held Wednesday afternoon.

The seminars are a collaboration among Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), Empire Farm Days and DairyBusiness Communications. Each session will be held at the Dairy Seminar Center located on the show grounds. They are free and open to the public. Sponsors include ASAP Interiors, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Dairy One, Farm Credit East, Farm Family Insurance and Pikeside Enterprises.

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2017 Corn Silage Hybrid Trials

With weather related delays in parts of the state, a review of the 2017 Corn Silage Hybrid Trials data may help with remaining planting decisions.

In 2017, over 70 commercially available corn silage hybrids were entered into the annual Corn Silage Hybrid Test Program for evaluation. In this collaborative effort between Cornell University and the University of Vermont, hybrids were planted at multiple locations across New York and one location in Vermont, to evaluate performance across a range of growing conditions.

In corn silage evaluation, the focus is not just on crop yield, but also on key forage quality characteristics that impact the performance of dairy animals fed these hybrids. The Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein Synthesis (CNCPS) Model was used to assess how each hybrid is predicted to perform in a dairy cow feeding program based on measured forage quality parameters.

Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, discusses 2017 Corn Silage Hybrid Trials: Results and Interpretation in a webinar focused on key factors to interpret and utilize trial results to make corn silage hybrid selections that best match an individual farm’s needs.

The New York & Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Trials - 2017 report is also available.

Grant Announced to Support Waste Storage and Transfer Systems for Water Quality Protection

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 2 announced that $15 million in grant funding is available to help New York livestock farms implement Waste Storage and Transfer System projects on behalf of eligible farmers. The maximum award amount per proposal is $385,000, which includes funding for engineering and construction expenses. Grants will help CAFO-permitted farms offset the cost of manure storage construction, site preparation, and associated best management practices. The funding is a part of the Governor's historic $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, which invests unprecedented resources for drinking water, wastewater infrastructure, and other water quality protection across the state, including funds to ensure proper management and storage of nutrients on farms.

Spanish Wednesday Webinars
Seminarios Web en Español

12:30 - 1:00 PM EST
​Registration is not required | No hay que registrarse
Join the webinar | Participe en el seminario

May 30
Milking Routine SOPs and Mastitis Identification 
Entrenamiento sobre Rutinas de Ordeño e Identificación de mastitis

Dr. Paula Ospina DVM, PhD, MPH, QMPS, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

June 13
The Use of Antibiotics and Vaccines
El Uso de Antibióticos y Vacunas

Francisco "Franco” Leal Yepes, DVM, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Animal Science and Resident Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic Hospital for Animals, Cornell University

Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management Shortcourse

June 4 - 7
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

This shortcourse is designed primarily for experienced nutritionists and allied industry professionals seeking a more in-depth exposure to selected topics of emerging and continued interest relating to dairy cattle nutrition and management.

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