Dairy cattle in the Cornell Dairy Research Center in Harford, NY (Cornell University Photography).
Image by Jason Koski

Dairy Cattle Handling & Safety Program https://tinyurl.com/animalhandlingcourse

Francisco Leal-Yepes, clinical instructor of ambulatory and production medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine, attaches a ChipSat to calf at Sunnyside Farms in Scipio Center, N.Y. on September 4, 2019.
Image by John Munson (MRN) / Cornell University

Basic Dairy Vet Skills Training (https://tinyurl.com/ccevetskills)

Pesticide Use Guidance During COVID-19
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Agriculture represents one of the largest economic sectors in Clinton County with a combined output value exceeding $148,999,000 (2012). Farms create direct economic benefits, provide our residents with fresh local foods, support other local businesses across many sectors, and preserve the rural character that our residents and visitors value so highly. CCE-Clinton supports local agriculture by providing resources for farmers, and consumers, to help strengthen our local and regional food systems.


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in New York

Follow Best Practices to Prevent the Spread of Bird Flu

A deadly strain of bird flu, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), has been identified in several states throughout the country, including New York. This strain can infect chickens, turkeys, game birds, waterfowl, ratites (emus, etc.), and a wide variety of wild birds. It can spread from bird to bird by direct contact as well as through farm equipment, clothing, and shoes.

Birds affected with HPAI may show one or more of the following clinical signs: sudden death without clinical signs; lack of energy and appetite; decreased egg production; soft-shelled or misshapen eggs; swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks; purple discoloration of the wattles, combs, and legs; nasal discharge; coughing, sneezing; lack of coordination; and diarrhea. The Highly Pathogenic strain can spread and kill an entire flock within days, backyard flocks included. Many, if not all the birds in a flock will be affected.

HPAI has been found in small flocks in Suffolk, Dutchess, and Ulster counties in New York as of 2/28/22 Precautions are needed to prevent further spread. This virus is not known to be a public health concern.

If you are visiting a poultry farm, follow these procedures:

  • Do not enter any farm premise without permission from the owner.
  • Whenever possible, make an appointment prior to traveling to the farm.
  • Wear clean clothes and shoes on the day of the visit.
  • When you arrive, park your vehicle at the end of the farm drive or on the roadside and use your cell phone to notify the owners of your presence and to receive instructions for entry. Or, set up an appointment ahead of time
  • Let the farm owner know if in the previous five days you have been on another poultry farm or if you’ve had contact with wild birds. Also let them know if you personally own or care for birds or poultry.
  • Observe all of the farm’s instructions regarding biosecurity procedures.
  • Do not enter animal housing areas without express permission from farm owner.
  • Do not touch animals unless that is part of your tasks on the farm.
  • Immediately report anything unusual to farm owner, especially sick or dead birds.

New York and many other states have enacted emergency regulations that restrict interstate transport of poultry and add new, more stringent requirements for entry. If you are planning to move poultry across state lines, be sure to check with the state veterinarian’s office in the receiving state to be sure you’re meeting all the requirements.

If you have death loss in your home flock or a flock you manage, call NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3502. This number is available 24 hours a day. If after normal business hours, select State Watch Center option. More information can be found on the website, https://agriculture.ny.gov/animals/poultry or by calling your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. Your attention to these precautions is critical to protecting bird health and our state’s farm economy!

The New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN) is a collaborative educational network based at Cornell University and dedicated to educating New York residents about preventing, preparing for, and recovering from emergencies and disasters.NY EDEN is working with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to provide resources and updates to poultry producers.

Nancy Glazier and Amy Barkley, Regional Livestock Specialists, Cornell Cooperative Extension


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New York Farm Bureau Weekly Digest:

NYS Farm Bureau Weekly Digest


Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium

Winter Webinar Series

January - March

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 12:00pm (Please Note Date Changed)

Plum Curculio Research- Update and Management (1.25 DEC credits in 1A, 10, and 22, and 1 New England pesticide recertification credit)

Speaker(s) / Instructor(s): Dr. Jaime Piñero, Extension Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Extension Fruit Team and Ms. Elizabeth Garofalo, UMass Cooperative Extension

Dr. Piñero and Ms. Garofalo will present recent findings from regional plum curculio research and management practices for the coming growing season.

Register here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrce2vpj0rHNevn7FZpRRetls7cUUBB0Oq

Webinars Continue Through March

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 12:00pm

Northeast Cider Apple Project

Speaker(s): Dr. Terence Bradshaw, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 12:00pm (Please Note Date Changed)

Orchard Herbicides: Materials, Timings, and Rates (1.25 DEC credits in 1A, 10, and 22, and 1 New England pesticide recertification credit)

Speaker(s): Dr. Thierry Besançon, Assistant Extension Specialist in Weed Science Department of Plant Biology School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Miss the last few? You can view the recordings of all the previous meetings here:

2022 NEFC Webinar Playlist

To receive NYSDEC credits for these webinars, New York growers must:

1. Register at the above links by no later than the Monday prior to the meeting date. Participants seeking credits must enter their applicator ID # at registration. Each license holder must register separately and participate on their own device to earn credits.

2. Email or text a photocopy of their applicator ID to Mike Basedow at mrb254@cornell.edu or 518-410-6823 no later than the morning of the meeting.

3. Log on to the meeting at 11:55 for a virtual roll call.

4. Attend the entire meeting.

5. Respond to all poll questions that will occasionally be asked during the meeting.

This series is presented to you by the Northeast Extension Fruit Educator's Consortium, which consists of: Ms. Elizabeth Garofalo, Dr. Jaime Piñero, Extension Educator and Extension Faculty, University of Massachusetts Extension Fruit Program; Dr. Terence Bradshaw, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont; Mr. Jeremy Delisle, UNH Cooperative Extension, Hillsborough County; Dr. Renae Moran, Professor of Pomology and Mr. Glen Koehler, Associate Scientist Maine Food and Agriculture Center, University of Maine; Ms. Heather Faubert, Research Associate, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension; Ms. Mary Concklin Visiting Extension Educator, IPM Program Coordinator, University of Connecticut; Dr. Quan Zeng Associate Agricultural Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station; Michael Basedow, Regional Tree Fruit Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program.

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Farmer-Driven for Northern New York
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
• High Priority Research • Practical Real-World Results •
Meeting Critical Needs & Opportunities for Clinton, Essex Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties
• Funding for the NNYADP is supported by the New York State Legislature and administered
through the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets •

Thank you!

Cornell Cooperative Extension staff across New York state have witnessed first-hand how hard our farmers have been working throughout the pandemic to help keep our food system safe and secure. We wanted to come together (digitally) to show our appreciation for all they do on our behalf. Thank you, farmers! You are essential, vital, and so deeply appreciated

Last updated May 17, 2022