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

Pasture Walk and Grazing Program

June 14, 2022

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Hidden Hill Ranch 2081 Thayer Hill Rd Boonville, NY  

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Zufall Farm 20 Campbell Rd Lisbon, NY



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Robotic Milking System Farm Tour

July 11, 2022
Belleville, NY

This program is applicable to any dairy farmers who are interested in learning more about robotic milking systems or who already have robots. Doubledale recently built a new facility with 8 Lely robots, while Gehrkes retrofitted an existing facility to install 1 DeLaval robot. Come tour two unique farms, enjoy lunch, socialize with other farms, and learn from each other.


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Dairy Cattle Handling and Safety Program for Farm Workers

July 25, 2022
Champlain , NY

This program is applicable to any current (or prospective) farm workers that currently work with (or aspire to work with) dairy cattle. This on-farm program will focus on cattle behavior, flight zone, good handling practices,  risks and hazards when handling cattle, and it will include a hands-on portion.


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Looking to add land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District

Annual Thirty Day Period for Landowners to Request Additions of Viable Agricultural Land to Existing Agricultural Districts

The Jefferson County Board of Legislators has set June 1st through June 30th of each year for the purpose accepting requests to add predominantly viable agricultural land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District in the County.

Viable agricultural land: actively farmed as well as land that is highly suitable for agricultural production.
A parcel of land is "predominantly" viable if a minimum of 51% of the parcel is viable agricultural land.
The purpose of NYS Certified Agricultural Districts is to encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural production. The Agricultural District Program is based on a combination of landowner incentives and protections, all of which are designed to forestall the conversion of farmland to non-agricultural uses.

Landowners who wish to submit a request to add land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District may download the form from the Jefferson County Department of Planning web page under NYS Certified Agricultural Districts, or you may call the Jefferson County Department of Planning, (315) 785-3144 and ask for the 2022 Agricultural Annual Inclusion Form.

All requests must be submitted on the form provided by the Planning Department and must be received no later than June 30, 2022.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly across the world.

Although cities have the most sick people, the disease has reached rural communities of New York as well. Everyone needs to take this very seriously. Agriculture is an essential business, so many of us will continue to go to work. However, we all need to take precautions to stay safe and help prevent further spread of the disease. The key things to do are limit contact with other people and keep everything very clean. We've prepared a new resource to help Spanish- and English-speaking farm employees access credible, multi-lingual information that they can use right away. Here are this links to a printable resource for farms to use:
English COVID 19 Procedures
Spanish COVID 19 Procedures

To see a full list of other relevant resources, click here.

How to Manage COVID-19 Risk on Dairy Farms

Straightforward helpful steps to manage risk on dairy farms!  We are happy to help talk farms through these steps and develop risk management plans for protecting owners and team members. Reach out to Kelsey O'Shea via email for more information.

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Update - Regional Ag Team Operations during COVID-19

Click here to get the updated information on our operations.