Vermont Farm Show kicks off Jan. 28
The 82st annual Vermont Farm Show, set for Jan. 28-30, will feature more than 150 agricultural exhibits, ranging from tractors to livestock to cutting-edge equipment. Vermont’s largest agricultural showcase, it will be held at the Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vt.
The Farm Show also hosts key meetings for Vermont agricultural groups. For a full list of Farm Show Meetings, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/-2014-meetings.html
This year Consumer Night will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 4-7 p.m.
For a full list of exhibitors ad their respective booth numbers, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/2014-exhibitors.html
For more information, visit www.vtfarmshow.com
New York’s DAP funding boosted
Funding for New York’s Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) will be increased by $850,000, to $1.85 million. Combined with funding still available under the current program, this new funding will serve at least 100 more dairy farms across New York.
DAP is jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Available funding covers:
• up to $5,000 per farm to write a business plan or develop a combination of a business and facility growth plan.
• up to $4,500 to update an existing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP), or $6,000 to develop a new one.
New funds will be available to design farm practices described in CNMPs. CNMPs are a conservation system for animal feeding operations designed to address soil erosion and water quality concerns. The CNMP encompasses the storage and handling of manure as well as using and applying manure nutrients on farmland. Through DAP, the state already awarded dozens of projects to farms with an average herd size of about 140 cows.
Business planning may include financial analysis, farmstead development planning, facility planning and capital investment planning for increased milk production per cow. Environmental planning includes CNMP development and updates. Farms without an existing CNMP may hire a certified Nutrient Management planner to develop a new CNMP.
To be eligible for DAP, a dairy cattle farm must have complete financial records and be shipping milk. Preference will be given to farms with under 300 mature cows. DAP funding will cover up to 80% of a project’s cost.
Through DAP, farmers will be able to tap into the expertise of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) network, Cornell PRO-DAIRY, certified Agricultural Environmental Management planners, farm business planning consultants and other agricultural programs to facilitate and grow their business, and in turn, increase production on their farms.