UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A hands-on workshop in Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont will offer dairy advisory team members insight into using whole farm and management tools more effectively to ensure optimum use of farm resources.
Presented by Penn State’s Extension dairy team, the program will highlight the use of PA Dairy Tool, Income Over Feed Cost Tool, Cash Flow Planning Tool, Dairy Analysis Tools and Monthly Monitor Tool to help teams improve success. The first workshop will be held Oct. 30 in Blair County, Pa.
Participants can try out tools on their own after the workshop, then access follow-up webinars and conference calls with instructors to ask questions and get more detailed information.
The workshops are being offered at two locations in Pennsylvania as well as New York and Vermont. They will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on these dates and locations:
Oct. 30 — Altoona Ramada, 1 Sheraton Drive, Altoona, Pa.
March 20 — Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa.
March 27 — Cornell Extension Madison County Ag Center, 100 Eaton St., Morrisville, N.Y.
April 18 — Randolph Small Business Center, 1540 Vermont Route 66, Randolph, Vt.
Instructors will be Lisa Holden, associate professor, Penn State Department of Animal Science; Rob Goodling, Penn State Extension associate; Virginia Ishler, Penn State Extension specialist; Rebecca White, Penn State research associate; Tony Kitsos, farm management educator, University of Vermont; and Karen Baase, Extension issues leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Cost is $35. Scholarships are available for those willing to share data with instructors. Participants may bring a second person from their business at no additional charge. Pre-registration is required.
For additional information or questions, contact Holden at 888-373-7232 or lholden<\@>psu.edu. Registrations may be made at 888-373-7232.
“Tools for Teams” is made possible through a grant from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. This program is eligible for one SmartStart credit from AgChoice Farm Credit.