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Joe Lawrence

Joe Lawrence

Dairy Forage Systems Specialist

(315) 376-5275

I am a native of Northern New York, where I still reside with my family. I have been involved in the NY Field Crops and Dairy Industry my entire life.

Research Focus

The PRO-DAIRY Forage Systems Management program seeks to utilize applied, field scale research across New York State to enhance our extension mission for delivering cutting edge forage management information to stakeholders.

Outreach and Extension Focus

The PRO-DAIRY Dairy Forage Systems Management program works to integrate agronomic management of forage crops with harvest and feeding practices to optimize the use of forages in the dairy ration. We work to foster collaboration with numerous Cornell Cooperative Extension programs and specialist, farmers and industry professionals. We incorporate on-farm research, including crop variety and field management trials, educational materials, and on-farm programs directed towards farmers and agri-service professionals in a whole farm approach to forage management.

Focus Areas
Corn Silage Hybrid Trials
Alfalfa Grass Management
Corn Silage Harvest Management
Bunk Silo Management
Forage Digestibility Parameters

Awards and Honors

  • 20 under 40 Emerging Leader in Northern New York (2011) Northern New York Business Magazine
  • Achievement Award (2011) National Association of County Agricultural Agents

Selected Publications


  • Hansen, J. L., Viands, D. R., & Lawrence, J. (2017). Leafhopper Resistant Alfalfa Varieties for NY Farms. p. 2 The Manager - Forage Management PRO-DAIRY Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.