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In this issue:
  • Anaerobic Digester Gas to Electricity Proposal Teams
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as it Relates to Dairy Production
  • Considerations for “GMO Free” Forage Programs
  • Anaerobic Digesters | Renewable Bio-Gas Symposium
  • Save the Date

Anaerobic Digester Gas to Electricity Proposal Teams

Cornell and PRO-DAIRY will be supporting dairy farms interested in participating with proposal teams for a new $8 million competitive program for anaerobic digester gas (ADG)-to-electricity projects being administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

NYSERDA is shifting strategy to demonstrating sustainable business models that offer the prospect of reducing costs, improving performance and value, and showing how future projects can be developed with reduced incentives from the electric ratepayers. With guidance from PRO-DAIRY, NYSERDA will work with farmers, technology providers, project developers and other stakeholders throughout the remainder of 2017 to scope out the features of a competitive solicitation. Release of the solicitation is planned for December of 2017 with construction anticipated to begin in 2018.

So far, in response to NYSERDA’s outreach to the ADG industry, 10 ADG companies have indicated their interest in development of proposals for this competitive solicitation. In order to capitalize on economy-of-scale cost reductions, it is anticipated that NYSERDA will invite umbrella proposals which consist of at minimum at least two host sites that each are seeking to have an ADG-to-Electricity system constructed (the ADG-to-Electricity systems could be owned, operated and financed by that the proposing outside developer entity or an entity owned by a group of farms). Further information about the plans for developing proposal teams will be forthcoming in future PRO-DAIRY e-Alerts. Producers who may be interested in considering participation in such proposals can contact Curt Gooch at PRO-DAIRY ( or 607-255-2088).

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as it Relates to Dairy Production

The US Food and Drug Administration has been refining regulation of antibiotic use in livestock to promote judicious use and to prevent antibiotic resistance and better protect animal and human health. The Administration’s goal is to “phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for production purposes (e.g., to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency), and to bring the therapeutic uses of such drugs (to treat, control, or prevent specific diseases) under the oversight of licensed veterinarians.” The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) changes, effective January 2017, are part of this effort.

In 2016, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY began a three-year USDA-NIFA funded project (2016-68003-24601) to investigate the efficacy of modern dairy manure systems to mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Read more in the October issue of DAIRYBUSINESS.

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Considerations for “GMO Free” Forage Programs

The interest in labeling dairy products as “GMO Free” is gaining momentum, which has led to a number of questions from dairy farmers and their input suppliers regarding what adjustments are needed in their home-grown forage programs and purchased feeds to meet market requirements for “GMO Free” milk. Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, will present "Cropping Considerations for Herds Considering non-GMO Production" and Dr. Larry Chase will present Ration Considerations for Herds Considering non-GMO Production" at the 2017 Cornell Nutrition Conference held October 17 through 19 in Syracuse, NY and writes on this topic in an article featured in the October issue of DAIRYBUSINESS.

Anaerobic Digesters | Renewable Bio-Gas Symposium

In response to the State’s goals and corresponding development of new programs to reduce greenhouse emissions (GHG) and increase renewable energy in New York State, Curt Gooch and Peter Wright, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, have worked extensively to quantify GHG emission reductions by manure-based anaerobic digesters (M-BAD) in NY and have published a paper “Estimating the Economic Value of the Greenhouse Gas Reductions Associated with Dairy. Manure Anaerobic Digestion Systems Located in New York State Treating Dairy Manure” that was presented at a professional society meeting this summer and used as back-up for work with the Governor’s office on this topic. The paper reported the GHG reduction component of the environmental economic value of M-BADs - (Eghg), expressed on an electrical energy generated basis is $0.072/kWh. This value is in addition to the value of the electrons generated using a renewable energy source. If organic substrates are diverted from a landfill and used as co-digestion substrates, the Eghg could be substantially increased.

Gooch is also scheduled to present at an Anaerobic Digesters | Renewable Bio-Gas Symposium 9 AM to 4 PM, October 23 at the National Grid Auditorium, Syracuse. This Symposium will explore opportunities and barriers to the utilization of renewable bio-gas in New York State, with particular emphasis on digester technology and its use in the State’s agricultural sector. The Symposium will be led by National Grid and the Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook, and hosted by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environment and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), as well as Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, Stony Brook University, Syracuse University, National Grid and Sustainable Dairy Technologies. Registration is $35.00. Additional information is available in a printable flyer.

Save the Date

Feeder School
October – December, 2017
Two days of on-farm training at seven sites statewide.

Online Reproductive Management Course
October 31 – December 15, 2017
Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY has developed a seven-week online reproductive management course, offered from October 31 to December 15, for dairy business owners or employees. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle management, but not necessarily in reproductive management. The course will teach the basics of reproductive management, and then quickly build from there. Topics include: Anatomy and Physiology, Synchronization Protocols, Breeding Strategies, A.I. Techniques, Monitoring Reproductive Programs, Heifer Reproduction Management.

Cornell Dairy Executive Program and Academy for Dairy Executives
Two unique programs for progressive dairy executives will launch this December - Apply today!

Northeast Dairy Producers Conference
March 7 – 8, 2018

Herd Health & Nutrition Conference
April 10, 2018

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