Labor Roadshow V

November 2, 2021


NOV 22, 2021 | Noon to 2:00 PM EST

 Worker's compensation: How does it work from employer and employee perspectives?

  • Henry Talmadge, New York Farm Bureau Safety Group
  • Jan Klodowski, Dairy Farmers of America

Employee handbooks: Getting your handbook in place and in compliance while making it a useful tool to communicate expectations to employees

  • Richard Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

NOV 23, 2021 | Noon to 2:00 PM EST

Labor cost trends, efficiency, and management strategies: How dairy farm labor costs and efficiencies are changing over time and management actions that producers can take to minimize impact of rising labor costs more effectively

  • Jason Karszes, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
  • Greg McConnell, Farm Credit East

COVID issues for farm employers: Understanding the NY HERO Act and employer requirements and strategies to encourage or require vaccinations

  • Michael Sciotti, Attorney, Barclay Damon LLP

DEC 2, 2021 | Noon to 2:00 PM EST

NY farm labor law compliance: A review of current New York regulations covering minimum wage, overtime, day-of-rest, and COVID sick leave pay

  • Melissa Buckley, NYS Department of Labor

Preventing turnover: Real perspectives from active farm managers about what causes employees to leave and how to prevent it

  • Bob Milligan, Cornell University Professor Emeritus and Dairy Strategies, LLC
  • Panel of managers and employees including: Meghan Hauser, Table Rock Farm, Garrett Miller, Oakwood Dairy, and Bob Ceglowski, Rupert Veterinary Clinic

DEC 3, 2021 | Noon to 2:00 PM EST

Employee housing management: Producer strategies to manage employee housing, enhance housing culture, create new housing solutions, comply with H-2A requirements, and finance employee housing

  • Panel of farm managers including: Bill and Corinne Banker, Blue Hill Farms, Jeremy Bergen, Bergen Farms, and Lisa Neal, Merrel Dairy
  • Financiers: Mike Haycook, Farm Credit East, and an update from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Employee wellness programs:Why are these programs emerging and how can producers make them positive for their farm and for the industry?

  • Panel of farm managers and industry experts including Jaime Padilla, Fair Trade USA, David Darr, Dairy Farmers of America, and Nicole Ayache, National Milk Producers Federation-FARM (invited).

DEC 9, 2021 | Noon to 2:00 PM EST

NY farm unions and immigration enforcement: Review and update of employer responsibilities related to farm union organizing and negotiation

  • John Wirenius, Chair of the NY Public Employment Relations Board
  • Chris Schulte, Attorney, Smith, Gambrell Russell LLP
  • Hosted by Alyssa Keally, Northeast Dairy Producers Association

Middle managers' role in creating a great place to work: How middle managers influence the engagement of frontline employees and help keep the business in compliance with workplace laws

  • Chris Schulte, Attorney, Smith, Gambrell Russell LLP
  • Panel of farm middle managers

DEC 10, 2021 | Noon to 2:00 PM EST

H-2A for beginners: An introduction to the federal temporary guest worker program for agriculture (H-2A), and the experiences of farm employers who recently started using the program

  • Mark Martens, Agri Placements International Inc.
  • Farm panel of success stories: Maureen Torrey, Torrey Farms, John Mueller, Willow Bend Farm, David Fisher, Mapleview Dairy

Understanding NY paid sick leave and paid family leave: Requirements and strategies for compliance and to make this a positive benefit for employees

  • Richard Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development












Upcoming Events

Basic Dairy Vet Skills Training

August 12, 2022
Keeseville, NY

This program is applicable to dairy producers that would like to learn and improve basic dairy veterinary skills. This training program is not intended to replace routine veterinary care, but rather help producers learn basic skills in various areas related to dairy cattle health and care. This training will be as hands-on as possible, while maintaining animal and participant safety as a top priority.


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Dairy Reproduction and A.I. Training Course

September 8 - September 9, 2022
Plattsburgh , NY

Attend this 2-day training course to become trained in dairy reproduction and artificial breeding techniques. There will be classroom sessions in the morning, followed by hands-on practice on farm in the afternoon. After this class you will be trained to artificially inseminate dairy cattle.


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Corn processing research reveals differences between vitreous-type and floury-type hybrids. Data in the 2021 NNYADP project report on "Corn Silage Soluble Starch as Influenced by Kernel Processing Score (KPS) and Kernel Type" shows that processing of the floury hybrid increased starch digestibility and the soluble starch pool of corn silage despite a lower-than-desired KPS. This project was among the first to utilize the CVAS Soluble Starch Analysis. Read the details online at

NNYADP Research

Evaluate Costs, Market Potential to Plan Summer Lamb Feeding Programs
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