Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

North Country Farmers Invited to NNY Agricultural Development Program Annual Meeting February 27

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is inviting North Country farmers to hear the results of its latest projects as part of its annual meetings on Friday, February 27 in Chazy.

The research reports sessions begin at 1pm at Miner Institute in Chazy.  Registration is not required to attend.

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving all sectors of the agricultural industry, from dairy and crops to livestock, maple and horticultural production, in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.    …click here to read more

Job Opening – Horticulture Technician

Horticulture Technician

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Plattsburgh seeks Horticulture Technician with an Associate’s Degree and 2 years related volunteer or work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Support research, monitor traps, collect samples, maintain plant trials, ability to work outdoors in harsh conditions, ability to work irregular hours. Experience in growing grapes and applying pesticides. Based in Plattsburgh with extensive travel around the region, some overnight travel. 35 hours/week with excellent benefits.


Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

 Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/ADA

2015 Public Presentations Schedule is now available

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a happy and healthy new year. I’m just returning from vacation so I apologize for the delay in sending the schedule to you all. As always, I look forward to seeing you this weekend at our Public Presentations event and remember it’s at Peru Central School this year. If you have problems viewing this please let me know and I will email you a copy.

See you this weekend!

Chelsea2015 Public Presentations Schedule

Hiring Your First Employee

Cornell Cooperative Extension/CCE will offer training to help farmers who will be hiring their first employees in 2015.

This beginners course topics cover payroll accounting, minimum wage, withholding, general work agreements, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, youth hiring rules and rates, termination, quarterly and annual report filing requirements. OSHA safety regulations, dangerous jobs, Right to Know and training will also be covered.

“There are several critical considerations to put in pace before you take on employees. Those attending this course will receive a To-Do list and a set of resources to prepare them for hiring,” says workshop co-organizer Anita Deming with CCE Essex County. “Learning how to properly manage workers can expand your earning potential exponentially.”

Deming notes that even if a farm owner hires a professional to help with employment forms and government reporting requirements it is wise for the farm owner to have a working knowledge of what is legally required for hiring and employee management.

The Hiring Your First Employee workshops are set for:

Wednesday January 14, 7-9pm, Plattsburgh, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6064 Route 22 Suite 5; register with 518-561-7450

Thursday January 15, 1-3pm, Westport, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 3 Sisco St; register with 518-962-4810 x0

Friday January 16, 1-3pm, Malone, Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 151 Finney Blvd; register with 518-483-7403.

For more information, contact  Anita Deming, 518-962-4810 x409, 

Message from Amy Ivy

Hello Everyone,

I’d like to update you on some of the exciting things happening here at CCE (Cornell Cooperative Extension) in Clinton County.

  • For the past 10 years I have had a dual role here at CCE, half Executive Director and half Horticulture Educator. But my heart is in horticulture and in early 2015 I will be stepping down from my Ex Director duties to devote all my time to my passion: horticulture; specifically working with our vegetable and berry growers as part of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. This was my choice and I am thankful to our board and staff for supporting me in this decision. I will remain employed by CCE Clinton County and work out of the same office in Plattsburgh.
  • Our Clinton County CCE Board of Directors is actively searching for a new Executive Director. This position will be 50% Executive Director, and 50% Youth & Family Team Leader.  Applications are due by January 6; see our website for more information:
  • Alexa King Maille, our 4-H Educator, moved to the State 4-H Office on the Cornell campus this fall to become the State Specialist in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programing. We were sorry to see her go but I’m sure we will be having lots of collaborations and exciting opportunities for our youth.
  • Peter Hagar our local Ag Educator, is leaving us on January 15 to work next door at Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) as district manager. We hate to see him go but he has lots of ideas of how we will continue to work closely together.
  • This fall, our CCE Clinton County office received an $88,000 grant from the USDA to increase sales and consumption of locally produced food in Clinton County. This grant will run for two years and will focus on teaching consumers how to use and cook with fresh produce. Our goals are to increase consumption of healthy food and increase sales and profitability for our local farms. We will be coordinating events, classes, tastings, articles, blogs, etc, all around the county.
  • Cuts in SNAP funding at the federal level have been felt across the state but all of our staff (Jordy Kivett, Nancy Zukowski and Chelsea Baxter) have been retained through other nutrition oriented grants. We continue to educate families on ways to create healthy meals and stretch their food budgets. Chelsea also works with our 4-H program and club management and we look forward to seeing this program grow once our new Executive Director is on board. There will also be a regional SNAP educator hired soon, who will work out of our Plattsburgh office and serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
  • Our Master Gardener Volunteer Program is growing by leaps and bounds! This year our 28 volunteers donated over 2000 hours of their time to help us teach others. Jolene Wallace, Program Coordinator, just finished 50 hours of training for 13 new volunteers who will join the others in January.
  • We also participate in 2 regional programs. For Dairy and Field Crops/Agronomy we have 2 regional specialists, Kim Morrill and Kitty O’Neil. For Commercial Horticulture we are part of an 11 person team of specialists in apples, grapes, berries and vegetables. Anna Wallis is the newest member of the team and specializes on apples and grapes. She works out of our Clinton County office along with me, and I focus on vegetable and berry production.

In summary, things are going great here at CCE Clinton County! We are grateful to the Clinton County Legislature for a 2% increase in our county appropriation this year. Those county dollars make up just under half of our total budget. We also receive some state funds and a small amount of federal funds. The rest of our budget, about 40%, we raise ourselves through grants, program fees, and donations.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of our staff. From all of us at CCE Clinton County, we wish you and your families a joyous holiday season!




Public Presentations Event Registration Available

The online registration form for 4-H Public Presentations is now available! The deadline for registrations is December 29th, 2014. Please sign up for make-up day in advance if for any reason you feel that you may not be able to make it to public presentations on January 10th, 2015. This year the venue will be changing, presentations will be taking place at Peru High School instead of at Clinton Community College. As always if you have any questions please contact us at the office :)

Position Opening: Association Executive Director

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization in developing and projecting a compelling and contemporary vision for Extension programming in the county.  This position will provide high level leadership and management of the Association and will exercise professional judgment and executive skills in administering and leading all facets of Association operations and general oversight of all Association programming, which include: Agricultural Education, Youth, Family and Consumer Science Programming, and other Cooperative Extension Education.  This position is specifically responsible for high level programmatic development and planning for all aspects of the Youth, Family and Consumer Science Program Area including local, regional and state-wide initiatives.  This position will maintain effective working relationships with staff, other Extension Associations, regional groups, Extension Administration, Cornell faculty, stakeholders, legislators, local government leaders, funding agencies, civic groups and community leaders.  A priority focus will be fund and resource development to support programming efforts.

Requirements: Master’s Degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position, six (6) years of progressively responsible experience with at least four (4) years of substantive leadership and management responsibilities including human resources, finance and organizational management. PhD may substitute for two (2) years’ experience. Substantive coursework and/or experience in education.

Excellent benefits package based on eligibility, to include, but not limited to: New York State Health Insurance Program; dental insurance; New York State Employee Retirement System; vacation, personal and sick leave; etc.  Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted electronically to be considered, by no later than 1/6/2015.

For a complete position description: ED-Clinton County-Job Description

To apply: Click here

EOE/ADA Employer.

4-H Dairy Tour: Registration now available

Attention all 4-H youth members!

There will be a Dairy Tour on Saturday, December 13th, 2015 at Maple Grand Farm starting at 10:00AM. In order for this to count as a pointed event you must pre-register online – follow the link below. This event is open to 4-H youth members only.

If you have any questions please contact Chelsea Baxter at (518) 561-7450 ext. 105 or by email at

Northern NY Fall Sheep & Goat Meeting


Wednesday, December 3rd     6:30pm    CCE Clinton Office


Betsy Hodge,  Regional Livestock Team leader, will talk about different management systems and their consequences.  Lambing or kidding once a year, three times in two years, or other schemes and at different times of year. How will that affect your feed stores, life schedule, marketing, barn space, etc,  It is really important and will be different for everyone.


Whether you have sheep or goats, your farm is big or small, this meeting will be a good time to get together with other small farmers raising small ruminants.


To register, contact Peter Hagar at 561-7450 or email




POSITION OPENING Community Nutritionist

Community Nutritionist

This position will provide input into the planning for and conduct the implementation of public education to improve healthy food and lifestyle choices among low-income families and individuals encompassing all age groups throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.  As part of the Federal SNAP-Ed Regional Program, this position works closely with Nutrition Resource Educators, and the Project Manager to assist in program development, assessment, evaluation, management and marketing.  This position also assists the Social Marketing and Environmental Nutritionist in implementing the social marketing and environmental change initiative in collaboration with other nutritionists of the SNAP-Ed program in the North Country region. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, Public Health or Health Educator and one (1) year relevant volunteer or work experience.

Excellent benefits package based on eligibility, to include, but not limited to: New York State Health Insurance Program; dental insurance; New York State Employee Retirement System; vacation, personal and sick leave; etc.  Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit Cornell’s Job  Page  where a detailed position description and the link to apply for this job can be found.


EOE/ADA Employer.





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