Small Dairy Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
After 20 years as a dairy farmer, Fay sold his organically certified dairy herd in 2003 to work with Cornell’s Extension service. His responsibilities include:
Small Dairy Educator for the South Central NY Dairy Team.
Project manager for the NY Organic Dairy Program.
Project Manager for the NY Soil Health Trailer
Educational Director for the NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program (DGA)
In his work he facilitates the NY Organic Dairy Task Force which is a group that has been meeting twice a year since 2006, and includes farmers, processors, certifiers, and educators. He also oversees numerous extension programs across the state dealing with organic dairy and field crops. These projects include:
“Organic Dairy Managing for Success” – A two-day workshop on farm management designed for the organic dairy farmer.
Research and resources on custom grazing dairy replacements
Facilitator for NY Certified Organic (NYCO). This discussion group started in 1996 and has been managed by Fay since 2004.
Pasture Soil Compaction – Identification and Remediation
Fay and his wife Linda still operate their farm in Groton NY, where they continually evaluate the business to fit their financial needs, time, interests, and enjoyment.