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Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Central NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team (CNYDLFC) is hosting two events to help our local dairies.

Events help local farmers maintain DEC Permits

These events will help local farmers maintain their DEC permits and stay up-to-date on the best ways to use and manage one of the most valuable agricultural resources we have: manure. Each event costs $15 to attend, includes lunch, and will count as a DEC-approved manure applicator training for CAFO permit holders. Both events will also offer Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits for the Nutrient Management and Soil & Water Management categories.

Nutrient Management and Soil & Water Management

The first event is on December 6th from 11am – 2pm at the Waterville American Legion (8083 State Route 20, Waterville, NY; about 1 mile east of Sangerfield on the corner of Route 20 and McCabe Rd). Experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension and PRO-DAIRY will discuss the new CAFO General Permit (ECL SPDES GP-0-22-001) and how to maximize your manure management in times of high fertilizer prices. There will be 2.0 CCA credits available at this event (1.0 each for Nutrient Management and Soil & Water Management).

The second event will be held on December 8th from 11am – 2:30pm at the CCE Saratoga County Auditorium (50 W. High Street, Ballston Spa, NY). Experts at this event will also cover the CAFO General Permit and the fertilizer value of manure, but will also discuss greenhouse gas mitigation, opportunities for co-digesting food waste for energy, and manure storage options and solutions. There will be 2.5 CCA credits offered for this event (1.0 Nutrient Management and 1.5 Soil & Water Management).

Attend 1-event to fulfill DEC requirements

CAFO operators only need to attend one of these events to fulfill their DEC requirements, but CCAs may attend both meetings to earn a total of 4.5 credits.

Register Online

Register online for the Waterville event athttps://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1987 (must pre-register by Nov. 28th),  and for the Ballston Spa event at https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=2001 (must pre-register by Nov. 30th).  Contact the CNYDLFC Team with any questions at cnydlfc@cornell.edu or by calling 315-866-7920.  For sponsorship information, call Erik at 315-219-7786.

The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops (CNYDLFC) Team is a Cornell Cooperative Extension partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.  For more information about the CNYDLFC Team, see https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/

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