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December 2017
In this issue:
  • Northeast Feed Dealer Seminar
  • Climate Resilient Farming RFP
  • Succession and Estate Planning Kickoff Seminar for Farm Businesses
  • NYAAC Releases Quarterly Update
  • Save the Date!

Northeast Feed Dealers Seminar

A Feed and Nutrition Related Conference
and Educational Program for Feed Industry Representatives

Hosted by the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, the Vermont Feed Dealers & Manufacturers Association and Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY.

December 19, 2017
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

American Legion Post #27
49 Wilson Road
Middlebury, Vermont

Who should attend?
Dairy Producers, Consultants, Extension Educators, Nutritionists, and Veterinarians.

What should you expect?
This meeting is a great opportunity to interact with the speakers as well as others in the industry.


  • Dealing with forage quality challenges
  • Research update – strategies to manage hypocalcemia
  • Antibiotics on the farm – VFD update and results from selective ​dry cow therapy trial
  • Updates on the bovine milk proteome


  • Tom Overton, Ph.D. - Professor of Dairy Management and Director PRO-DAIRY program, Cornell University
  • Rob Lynch, DVM - Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist
    PRO-DAIRY program, Cornell University
  • Allison Kerwin, Ph.D. - Candidate
    Department of Animal Science, Cornell University
  • Sabrina Greenwood, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
    University of Vermont

Onsite registration is available for $75. Lunch and proceedings are included.

For registration information, contact Sue VanAmburgh in the NEAFA office at 518-783-1322 or

For program information, contact Rick Zimmerman at 518-426-0214 or


Climate Resilient Farming RFP


A RFP for round 3 of the Climate Resilient Farming (CRF) Program was recently released. Planners should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District if they have clients or know of farms interested pursuing implementation projects along any of the three CRF tracks: Track 1 - Agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems; Track 2 - Water management; or Track 3 - Systems that enhance soil health. The RFP is available on SWCC's SharePoint site under Resources for Districts - Climate Resilient Farming - Round 3. The RFP and associated proposal materials is also available on the Department of Agriculture and Markets "Funding Opportunities" website.

Contact Us:

For more information about PRO-DAIRY, visit

Julie Berry, Editor | Tom Overton, Director | Facebook

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Succession and Estate Planning Kickoff Seminar for Farm Businesses

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9 AM – 3 PM
Quality Inn, Batavia, NY

You Will Learn:

  • Why planning is critical to succeeding when a new generation joins the management team or takes control of the farm business.
  • About the legal issue surrounding asset preservation in estate and transfer planning.
  • Communication tactics to use for building strong working relationships across the generations.
  • Meet people who can help you develop an estate and/or succession plan that fits your farm.


  • Preserving Farm Assets for Future Generations.
  • Legal Issues to Address in Estate and Farm Business Succession Planning.
  • Communicating to Build and Strengthen Working Relationships.


  • Timothy Moag, Freed, Maxick and Battaglia, CPAs PC
  • Steven Walker, Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti, McGough & King, PC, Attorneys & Counselors at Law
  • Erica Leubner, MSW, NY FarmNet Farm Family Consultant

Register online or contact Lisa Aures at or 585-786-2251. The registration fee, including handouts, morning refreshments and lunch is $40 for the first person from a farm and $30 for additional attendees from the farm, if enrolled with CCE. If not enrolled with CCE, cost is $50 for the first person and $40 for additional attendees.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and PRO-DAIRY encourage farm owner managers and potential entrants to the business to participate in this seminar for an introduction to important concepts in succession and estate planning.

A series of workshops to help participants clarify their goals, identify a planning team to assist in achieving retirement, succession or estate planning goals and learn skills for communicating your ideas to your heirs or successors will be offered following this seminar.

NYAAC Releases Quarterly Update

NYAAC has been busy throughout 2017 and we’re excited about the opportunities that are on the horizon for another successful year ahead. Included in this report is a snapshot of our year as we wrap up 2017. Thanks again for supporting our mission of helping consumers gain a greater understanding and appreciation for modern animal agriculture and your livelihoods.

Save the Date

Cow Comfort Conference
February 6 - 7, 2018
Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY

Northeast Dairy Producers Conference
March 7 - 8, 2018
Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY

Herd Health and Nutrition Conference
April 10, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton, East Syracuse, NY


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