Monday, August 19, 2013

Program Begins to Enhance Profitability of NYS's Dairy Farms

Want to learn more about the Dairy Acceleration Program?

Go to where you can read about it and download a brochure.

Also, here is a bit about it from a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office:

The Dairy Acceleration Program is making available $1 million in funding to help dairy farmers develop individualized business and environmental plans.

Modern milk production requires expertise from a number of disciplines, ranging from agronomics, environmental science, animal husbandry, crop science, human resource management, and financial and strategic planning. Through the Dairy Acceleration Program, farmers will be able to tap into the expertise of the Cornell Cooperative Extension network, Cornell PRO-DAIRY and other agricultural programs to facilitate and grow their business and in turn increase production on their farms.

To be eligible for the program, a dairy cattle farm must have complete financial records. Preference will be given to farms with fewer than 300 cows. Dairy Acceleration Program funding will cover 80 percent of a project’s cost.

Payments may include: up to $5,000 per farm to write a business plan or develop a combination of a business and facility growth plan; and up to $4,500 to update an existing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan or $6,000 to develop a new one.

Business planning includes financial analysis, farmstead development planning, facility planning and capital investment planning for increased milk production per cow.

Environmental planning includes Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan development and updates. Farms without an existing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan can hire a certified Nutrient Management planner to develop a new plan for farms with under 300 cows.

To apply for DAP, visit

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