Farm Resources

Area (multi-county) Agricultural Specialists


Ag Staff Directory 2013

Dairy Farm Business Summary – the objective is to enable producers to analyze their financial situation, set future goals & make sound financial decisions.  Contact John Hanchar at 585-658-3250 or at

New York Farm Net – They provide farm families with a network of contacts and support services to help them develop skills for dealing with life challenges and transitions – through personalized education, confidential consulting, and referral. Farm Family Consultants and Farm Business Consultants provide free and confidential on-farm visits to answer questions and help find solutions to concerns. Topics include (but are not limited to) business and family finances, farm changes, farm management, disaster, stress, family communication and conflict.  Please call: 1-800-547-FARM (3276).

Pro-Dairy Program – For 20 years PRO-DAIRY has been dedicated to one goal: to provide programming and leadership to the New York State dairy industry so it can continue to be a leader in the U.S. dairy marketplace. Through results-driven education and research, PRO-DAIRY specialists have contributed to the technical knowledge, management skills and economic strength of New York’s dairy industry since 1988.  The web site contains an assortment of decision making tools (under Resources) in Dairy Replacements, Farm Business Management, Dairy Facilities, Environmental Management, and Herd Health.  You also have access to the latest edition of “The Manager” which has timely articles.

DAIReXNET – This is a national, extension-driven web resource designed to meet the educational and decision-making needs of dairy producers, allied industry partners, extension educators and consumers. Resources on anything related to dairy production – labor, calf & heifer raising, herd health, nutrient management, organic, reproduction and pest management. Didn’t find an answer to your question? You can submit your question to be answered by an expert.

Order Your Updated Labor Guide Today
The New York Farm Bureau Legal Affairs department has revised and fully updated a second edition of the “Farmers’ Guide to Labor and Employment Laws.” NYFB members can purchase the book for $40 and non-members may purchase it for $75. Farm Family sponsored this revision. Call NYFB’s Lisa Ovitt at 1-800-342-4143 for more information or to order.

CAFO Permit Information
In 2009, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will offer two new CAFO Permits for NYS:

  1.  The just released ECL SPDES General Permit for CAFOs (GP-0-09-001) (“ECL Permit”); This is a SPDES General Permit issued for CAFO operations that do not discharge or propose to discharge (to waters of NY). This General Permit is effective July 1, 2009 and expires on June 30, 2014.
  2. The Clean Water Act SPDES General Permit expected to be released in the coming months (GP-0-09-002) (“CWA Permit”). This is being driven by new EPA rules issued in October, 2008.

“ECL” stands for “Environmental Conservation Law” and is a general reference to the body of NYS environmental laws that regulates many activities well beyond agriculture. The new ECL permit is available to download and read from the DEC website (

DEC is requiring all CAFO-sized farms in NYS to obtain coverage under either an ECL or CWA Permit by March 31, 2010, so it’s critical that farmers (both CAFO-sized farms and farms approaching CAFO-size whether currently under a CAFO permit or not), planners, and other ag service reps become familiar with the new permit requirements.
If you have questions about which permit is best for your operation you should work with your planner or contact your DEC regional office. You can also contact Jacqueline Lendrum at 518-402-8118 or at, but be advised that it may take her some time to contact you.
The DEC CAFO website is

Forms and Publications Useful for Farming

Marketing Publications:
A great publication on marketing from Rutgers University titled To Market to Market (PDF).

Business Planning:
Purdue bulletin on Strategic Planning: Scanning the Horizon (PDF)
If you would like to assess your business management skills (PDF), a bulletin from Purdue University can assist you.

Tax Publications and Forms:
Internal Revenue Service:
Publication 225 “Farmers Tax Guide” (PDF)
Publication 51“Agricultural Employers Tax Guide (PDF)”
NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance:
NYS Guide for New Businesses Publication (PDF)
Form ST 125 – Sales Tax Exemption for Agricultural Purchases (PDF)
Real Property Tax Forms for Agriculture

Agricultural District Information
A variety of information about agricultural districts can be found at NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets