The PRO-DAIRY mission

Facilitate New York state economic development by increasing the competitiveness and sustainability of New York's dairy farm businesses through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability, while advancing dairy producers and agribusiness professionals' knowledge, skills and enthusiasm.

Featured Programming


December 14, 2023

In this webinar, attendees will learn about the carbon accounting of dairy manure anaerobic digestion (AD) to renewable natural gas (RNG) systems that are being implemented in New York through California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).


January 5 - March 1, 2024

This online course includes a wide range of topics, from basic agronomics to advanced practices and new research and will focus on field crop systems, including row crop and dairy forages in New York and the northeastern United States. It will be valuable for decision makers and key employees in the cropping system on the farm. Crop advisors and other technical service providers interested in crop production will also benefit from the class.


March 6 -7, 2024

This biennial conference is designed to help dairy farms increase productivity and adapt to change with personal and business-wide strategies. With dynamic and informative sessions, participants will gain insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the dairy industry and explore new ideas and strategies for success. The conference also provides the opportunity to connect with other innovative dairy producers and advisors, establishing a network for long-term success. Don't miss out on this incredible event!


April 8 - 9, 2024

The Herd Health and Nutrition Conference is a two-day event for agriservice personnel, feed industry representatives, veterinarians, and dairy producers, featuring educational topics related to current herd health and nutrition management techniques.

Online courses are now available in an on-demand format! You may begin the course whenever you want and will have 6 months to complete it once enrolled.

A variety of topics to develop the knowledge base of farm owners and the agricultural workforce are available online, archived by topic.

PRO-DAIRY News

corn silage being chopped and loaded into a truck

Report

2023 New York and Vermont Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program
In 2023, the corn silage hybrid evaluation program received 75 entries from 17 seed brands. Hybrid evaluation at multiple environments helps in decision making and expands the reach of this type of data to more farmers. Cornell, UVM, and seed...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
equipment used to harvest corn silage

Report

This fact sheet authored by Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin was shared in a November PRO-DAIRY e-Leader Forage Systems alert, distributed to an email list of nearly 7,000 dairy producers, agriservice, and legislators. The 2023 growing season...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
Photo of Andy Miller in an orange shirt and sunglasses, smiling with the farm in the background.

News

Established as a dairy farm in 1957, the Osterhoudt family of Genoa, New York, now operates a crop and custom harvest operation. The farm owners, Mark Osterhoudt and his family, and their certified crop adviser and on-farm agronomist Andy Miller...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
manure storage

News

Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic gas that can be released from the breakdown of manure in pits, tanks, and storages. It is heavier than air and can settle into low spots and accumulate in confined spaces. High concentrations can also be...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
A dairy cow inside a barn

Report

This fact sheet authored by PRO-DAIRY business management specialists Mary Kate MacKenzie and Jason Karszes was shared in the October 2023 PRO-DAIRY e-Leader newsletter, distributed to an email list of nearly 7,000 dairy producers, agriservice...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science

The Dairy Advancement Program

Program

Plan for the future of your dairy

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.

Cow walks through dairy barn