Dairy Institute class focuses on mastitis
MALONE — Reducing incidents of mastitis in dairy herds through the use of record keeping is the focus of the Northern New York Dairy Institute January 2014 classes organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Northern New York and Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS).
The class will cover record keeping for mastitis control, the importance of knowing the different strains of mastitis for selecting proper treatment, and the value of records for identifying problem cows and what mastitis may be costing the farm.
Speakers include veterinarian Dr. Jessica Scillieri Smith of the Quality Milk Lab at Canton, George Cudoc with Dairy One’s Dairy Management Resources Division, Northern New York Regional Dairy Specialist Dr. Kimberly Morrill and New York State veterinarians.
The cost is $35 by pre-registration or $50 at the door for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. class. It will be of interest to dairies of all types wanting to improve opportunities for quality milk production premium income. FSA borrower credits are available.
The class will be offered Jan. 15 at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone.
The pre-registration deadline is two weeks prior to the class session. To register, contact Northern New York Regional Dairy Specialist Kimberley Morrill at 564-0498 or 315-379-9192, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cutoff date for conservation program nearing
MALONE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. While local NRCS offices accept applications year-round, NRCS evaluates applications during specific, announced ranking periods. To be considered for the current enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted by Jan. 17, 2014.
“CSP is different than our other financial-assistance programs,” said NRCS State Conservationist Don Pettit. “It offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. It helps to ensure that their farms are more productive and sustainable in the future.”
The program helps established conservation stewards take their natural-resource management to the next level. It emphasizes conservation performance, and participants earn higher payments for higher performance. Producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy.
A self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.
Information regarding NRCS programs can be found at http://www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or at the local NRCS office.
Local Farm Bureau branches garner awards
PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Farm Bureau was presented with three Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting held Dec. 3 to 5 in Syracuse.
The awards are presented to county Farm Bureaus that have exhibited excellence in a variety of categories relating to effectiveness in policy implementation, promoting agriculture among the public and in classrooms, leadership development and membership building.
The awards were presented for excellence in the following categories: Policy Development and Implementation, Local Issues; Information and Public Relations; and Agriculture Education and Promotion.
▶ Franklin County Farm Bureau was presented with a Gold Key Award.
The Gold Key Award is presented to county Farm Bureaus that have exhibited excellence in the same categories as above and, in addition, have met total membership goals. Franklin county was one of four counties in New York State to win a Gold Key Award.
▶ Essex County Farm Bureau Membership Chair Larry Phillips was awarded Most Valuable Volunteer award. Phillips received a Carhartt jacket with a New York Farm Bureau logo to recognize his efforts of signing up at least five new Farm Bureau members. He attended the meeting as Essex County’s voting delegate.
While at the State Annual Meeting, farmer members also took part in the grassroots process of laying the groundwork for the year ahead. More than 100 delegates from across New York proposed, discussed and voted on resolutions that set NYFB’s public-policy agenda for 2014. They also heard from a number of state leaders including State Sen. John DeFrancisco, Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee and Dean Kathryn Boor of Cornell CALS. Keith Eckel, chairman of Nationwide Insurance, also spoke about the successful partnership between Nationwide and New York Farm Bureau.