To apply for DAP, visit http://ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/dairy_acceleration/
Penn State: Middle Managers Conference is March 5
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team will host a Middle Managers Conference, Wednesday, March 5, at the Best Western Premier Central Hotel & Conference Center in Harrisburg, Pa. The conference help dairy farm middle managers and mid-level supervisors develop practical skills they can use to make their dairy farms better places to work and more successful businesses. It qualifies for 2 AgChoice Smart Start Credits, and scholarships to attend are available from the Center for Dairy Excellence. Learn more.
New York offers on-farm anaerobic digester funding
New York dairy farmers may now be eligible for cost-share assistance to construct anaerobic digesters on their farms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated $20 million to be available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Farms, food processing manufacturers and municipal wastewater sites are eligible for up to $2 million per project. The digester technology funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible projects. Further details will be available from NYSERDA.
Biogas-to-power technology has several steps. Dairy manure and other organic wastes are conveyed into heated digestion tanks where naturally occurring bacteria break down a portion of the waste, creating the methane-rich biogas. The liquid outflow (effluent) from digesters, about the same volume as the inflow, contains all the nutrients that came into it, thus the effluent that can be applied to crops as fertilizer. Biogas can be used to fuel engines that in turn produce electricity and heat. Through this process, farmers can often eliminate a significant portion of the electricity they would otherwise purchase from the utility grid, and periodically export surplus electricity onto the electrical grid in exchange for credits.
NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority have awarded nearly $30 million toward anaerobic digestion projects and related technology over the past 10 years. Currently, this funding supports 20 operational digester projects.
Find Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/01142014-dairy-farmers-economic-opportunity
Miner Institute to study grain substitutes in dairy rations
Northern New York farmers are interested in properly and cost-effectively feeding their dairy cows. To help them evaluate economically-feasible replacements for corn grain in dairy rations, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has provided funding to the William H. Miner Agricultural Institute to conduct a comprehensive inventory and analysis of accessible and appropriate dairy diet substitute products.