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Plan for long-term viability and environmental stewardship

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animal Science
The Dairy Advancement Program, in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is designed to enhance profitability of New York dairy farms while maintaining a commitment to environmentally responsible dairy farming.
Dairy Advancement Program (DAP) grant funds are available for business planning, human resource management, the development of, or update to, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP), and the design of environmental practices.
New options include funds to support the development and implementation of human resource management practices, funds to install non-contact cooling water reclamation systems, as well as funds to support college student internships in the areas of environmental planning and agricultural engineering.
Farms must have lactating dairy cattle and be shipping milk. Farms and heifer boarding operations under the medium CAFO size may apply for funds to develop or update their farm CNMP. Farms or heifer boarding operations under the large CAFO size may apply for funds to design practices identified in the farm CNMP.
Grant funds are targeted to small and mid-sized dairy farms. Farms of any size may apply for advisory team funds if they are new to an advisory team and funds for non-contact cooling water reclamation systems.

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A data center


A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund research on how big data and tech innovations affect organizational relationships on dairy farms and in the dairy industry.

  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Department of Communication
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Michael A. Gore, professor and chair of the School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, and collaborators are working to create an open-source digital ecosystem to optimize food crops, starting with maize, with help...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section