SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) is seeking proposals from dairy educators interested in developing and leading Topic Specific Teams. New York’s dairy educators are knowledgeable, committed and passionate about what they do. The NYFVI Topic Specific Team program supports their efforts.
The TST model requires educators to identify a common need among farmers in their region and develop a deep dive curriculum on the topic. Where appropriate, the educational model should include both peer to peer discussion group learning and individual on farm consultations.
Past teams have focused on a wide range of topics including lameness, grazing plans for organic dairy, understanding forage quality, and helping farms become active participants in the F.A.R.M program. Successful proposals will focus on helping dairy farms identify and implement changes in their operations that will provide near term benefit.
Proposals will be evaluated by New York dairy farmers and NYFVI’s board of directors. The board will make the final funding decisions. Work may start between November 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020 and must be completed within 18 months.
Proposals must be submitted via the online system by August 26, 2019. More information, along with the full Request for Proposals, and the link to the online system can be found at www.nyfvi.org.
–New York Farm Viability Institute
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