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Cornell Dairy Executive Program
Management Symposium
Joint Ventures and Lean Systems

February 26 - 27, 2019
Doubletree Hotel
Syracuse, New York
Early bird registration discount by February 1

The CDEP Management Symposium is opportunity for CDEP alumni and other progressive dairy managers to continue their education in leadership and management skills and network with other progressive dairy producers. The 2019 Management Symposium agenda features topics to improve operational efficiencies, focusing on two key strategic concepts: Joint Ventures and Lean Systems.

Lean Systems
Lean systems is a systematic approach for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity or quality. Implementation leads to better recognition and permanent solutions to disruptions of processes. Presentations will discuss how lean principles can be incorporated throughout a business and what
steps can be taken to implement principles into daily operations.


  • Carl Lehrkinds, Lehrkinds Coca-Cola and Mountain County Distributing
  • Cheryl Jones, University of Kentucky and former Vice President of Manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Joint Ventures - Governance, Compensation, and Exit Strategies
Agricultural producers form joint ventures to achieve higher economic value by working as a group on an activity important to each producer’s business. Whether or not the potential value is achieved hinges on effective decision making and communications as they work together on their common interest. Presentations will discuss governance, compensation, and exit strategies related to joint ventures.


  • David Chattleton, Tiverton Advisors LLC
  • Mike Fassler, The Family Business Consulting Group
  • Doug Claussen, K Coe Isom
  • Shannon Ferrell, Oklahoma State University and Ferrell Law Firm

Lauren Hill joined the PRO-DAIRY team in January 2019 as a Dairy Business Management Specialist. She graduated from Cornell University in May of 2017, and previously worked as the Operations Manager for a custom heifer raising facility in Western NY. She assists in facilitating business discussion groups, activity cost analysis, the Dairy Farm Business Summary and the Dairy Profit Monitor Program.

Labor Roadshow II

January 28 through January 31, 2019
Four sites statewide
Register at or
call (315) 433-0100, ext. 5595. Cost is $55.

The Labor Roadshow II focuses on critical and timely topics that affect all farm employers, ranging from current regulations to management practices, and targets farm owners, private industry and university professionals.

The program runs from 8:30 am to 4 pm and is offered at:

  • Jan 28: Livingood’s Restaurant, 697 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru
  • Jan 29: CCE Saratoga County, 50 West High St, Ballston Spa
  • Jan 30: NYS Fairgrounds Art & Home Center Building, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse
  • Jan 31: CCE Ontario County, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Agenda topics include:

  • Better Farm- Provided Employee Housing Management and Compliance: Maureen Torrey, Jon Rulfs, Bob Ceglowski and Paul Molesky
  • Onboarding New Employees: Richard Stup
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies and Training for NY Employers: Attorney Michael Sciotti
  • Everyone Needs a Voice: Building Great Employee Relations: Libby Eiholzer
  • Dairy Safety and Compliance Update: Tonya Van Slyke and Lisa Ford
  • Fruit & Vegetable Safety and Compliance Update: Jim Carrabba and Anna Meyerhoff
  • Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws: Attorney Michael Sciotti
  • Worker Care: Let’s Get Ahead of Our Customers and Regulators: Richard Stup

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Focus on Risk for Dairy Farmers
12:30-1:15 pm, January 24, 2019 | Join the Webinar
Presenters: Ron Robbins, Owner, North Harbor Dairy, Sackets Harbor, NY and Ed Gallagher, President, DFA Risk Management.

Robbins has used many tools to manage milk price risks on his dairy, including those from FSA and RMA, and he has also bought contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. During the webinar he will share his experiences and which tools he uses now for his farm’s milk protection. Gallagher will review RMA’s new “Dairy Revenue Protection” policy. This is a new policy developed with American Farm Bureau. It is similar to crop insurance offered for field crops, which has helped that industry manage risks for a number of years.

2018 Corn Silage Hybrid Test Results
New York and Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Tests

12:30-1:15 pm, January 31, 2019 | Join the Webinar
Presenter: Joe Lawrence, MS, CCA, Dairy Forage Systems Specialist, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

If you are looking to get a sense of what silage hybrids performed well this year before your seed order for 2019,  join us for this webinar. The 2018 corn silage hybrid evaluation program included 77 hybrids from 17 companies. With this number of hybrids evaluated at multiple locations across New York and Vermont, the resulting information provides a useful decision making tool.

Wednesday Webinars (in Spanish)
Dairy Cow Management
Seminarios Web en Español- Días Miércoles Manejo de Vacas Lecheras

The movement of cows to and from the parlor
“El movimiento de vacas hacia y desde la parla”

12:30-1 pm, January 30, 2019 | 30 de enero de 2019
Join the webinar/ Participe en el seminario

Presenter: Dr. Paula Ospina DVM, PhD, MPH, QMPS, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
Presentadora: Dr. Paula Ospina, DVM, PhD, MPH, Doctora Veterinaria en el departamento de servicios de producción de leche de buena calidad de la universidad de Cornell.

Dairy Manager Training
Regional Program

NNY: March 5 & 12
CNY: March 6 & 13
NWNY: March 7 & 14

Registration details and program information are on the Dairy Manager Training website. Cost is $50.00 and includes the two-day program, materials and lunch.

The Dairy Manager Training is a two-day program held one week apart for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. It will include a full day cow handling training by Curt Pate, nationally recognized expert in dairy cattle handling and stockmanship. The program will run from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm and be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion. Topics will include effective cow handling; communication to share farms goals, implement decisions and train employees; how to manage existing facilities for profitability; and using partial budgets for decision making. The program will comply with the FARM and BQA programs. Registration is required.

Evening Beef Cattle Handling Training with Curt Pate
A special training for beef producers will be held from 6 to 9 pm on March 5 at Center Dale Farm 28206 St. Rt. 126 Black River, NY and on March 6 at Empire Livestock, 7418 NY-415, Bath, NY 14810. Registration fee is $25.00. Registration is required. Contact Katherine Brosnan, NY Beef Council at 845-325-4721.

Reduced program registration costs are possible because of the generous sponsorship of the National Beef Cattlemen’s Association, NY Beef Council, Beef Quality Assurance and the Beef Checkoff program.

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Operations Managers Conference
Building a Productive Culture - Cows, Crops and People

January 22 - 23, 2019
Syracuse, New York

Operations management on dairy farms is integral to farm business success. The Operations Managers Conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Four general sessions and 14 choices of breakout sessions will offer valuable continuing education and applicable strategies for your team, whether their focus is cows, crops or people. Preregistration closes January 18

Herd Health and Nutrition Conference
April 8 - 9, 2019
Syracuse, New York
Sponsor and exhibit opportunities available

Calf Management Online Course
Begins April 2019

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