WATERTOWN, N.Y. — North Country farms, agribusinesses, and interested public are invited to join in our winter educational programming from the comforts of your home or the office this winter. We have lined up some excellent and informative programs, all of which will be delivered via Zoom videoconferencing. Dates and times are as indicated. Additional details will be shared at future dates.
Our “Fireside Chats with an Expert” discussion series will be offered from 7:00 to 8:00 pm each Tuesday evening from Nov 17th to Dec 22nd. Each week, a different expert will be featured for a brief 20 min presentation followed by a thorough Q&A session. Sign up for all our Fireside Chats at our website (click here) with a single registration.
- Nov 17: Business – Ag workforce management, Dr. Rich Stup, Cornell
- Nov 24: Dairy – Hoof health, Karl Burgi
- Dec 1: Crops – Weed management, Mike Hunter & Bryan Brown, NYSIPM
- Dec 8: Business – Anup Singh
- Dec 15: Dairy – Reproductive health, Dr. Julio Gordano, Cornell
- Dec 22: Crops – Soil health, cover crops, tillage, Dr. Kitty O’Neil
This year, Dairy Day will also be presented as a series of four 2-hour Zoom sessions, presented from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm on January 12, 13, 14, and 15, 2021. Registration for Dairy Day is also available through our Regional Ag Team’s website (click here). Dairy Day topics are as follows:
- Jan 12: Milk Quality
Dr. Pete Ostrum (Selective Dry Cow Treatment), Dr. Paula Ospina (Management, Bedding), Dr. Pam Ruegg (Diagnosis, Treatment)
- Jan 13: Sustainability
Dr. Sara Place (Sustainability), Briana Hagen (Mental Health), Dr. Nigel Cook (Future of Animal Welfare), Lindsay Ferlito (FARM 4.0 update)
- Jan 14: Markets
Dr. Chris Wolf (Markets), Dr. Richard Stup (Labor Updates), Tom Wall
- Jan 15: Calves
Dr. Jennifer van Os (Behavior), Dr. Rob Lynch (Health), Dr. Mike Steele (Nutrition), Casey Havekes (NNYADP study)
Additional educational programs are in the planning stages, scheduled for January through March 2021. The North Country Crop Congress will be offered in late January/early February and will include NYS DEC pesticide applicator credits. Our North Country Hay and Pasture School will be presented in early March, and a statewide “Practical Soil Health Management” program is being planned for February and March. A second discussion series, “Morning Coffee Breaks,” is planned for midmornings during February and March. Also, quite a few statewide virtual programs are being organized that will certainly interest North Country farms and agribusinesses. All these upcoming details will be announced and shared through our North Country Regional Ag Team website (https://ncrat.cce.cornell.edu), blog, and monthly newsletter. Registrations for all programs will be available through our website and fees for each program or series will be minimal. Registration for any program will grant live attendance via Zoom and access to video recordings of the program within a few days.
For more details and information, visit our CCE North Country Regional Ag Team website.
–CCE North Country Regional Ag Team
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