Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

Farming in the Basin: Pasture Weed Management

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are collaborating to highlight lake friendly farming practices such as cover cropping, rotational grazing, precision agriculture, tile drainage, buffers and alternate water systems.

This meeting will be at Hagar Hill Farm, 1374 Route 22B in Morrisonville on August 5th at 7 pm.  TField of thistle2he farm currently uses rotational grazing as a way to maximize pasture production and reduce impact on the environment.  The county Soil & Water District’s no-till drill has been used to over seed pastures and recently planted a field of BMR Sorghum Sudangrass to extend the fall grazing season.

Regional Field Crops Specialist Kitty O’Neil will join us to talk about using an integrated approach to control weeds and  improve pastures.   A weed wiper will be demonstrated in a pasture situation to apply herbicide to only the tall pasture weeds and not touch the desirable species.

Please register with Peter Hagar at CCE Clinton County, 561-7450 or phh7@cornell.edu  for more information.

Got Flies? IPM Fly Control for Pastured Livestock

August 5th at 1 PM  

at Maple Summit Farm

Route 9, Chazy

2 Pesticide Credits

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County will offer a two-hour workshop discussing methods of controlling flies that affect livestock on pasture. Ken Wise, Eastern New York Integrated Pest Management Specialist, will be on hand to lead the discussion concerning methods of managing and control of biting insects on pastures. Both conventional and organic methods will be covered.

This will provide an overview of fly management issues and include a walkabout to illustrate fly management opportunities.  2 Pesticide Applicator credits will be given for category 1b, 10, 31.

Anyone with dairy cattle, livestock or horses on pasture is invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at Maple Summit Farm, 243 Route 9 in Chazy on Tuesday, August 5, from 1pm to 3 pm.

For more information and to register, call Peter Hagar at 561-7450 or email phh7@cornell.edu.

 

Horse Club Stall Assignment Sign Ups

HORSE CLUB LEADERS

Please go to the link below and register your clubs horses for the 2014 4-H Clinton County Fair. This is how we will be doing horse assignments this year.

https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2014HorseStallSignUp_209

Please contact Chelsea if you have any questions, clb299@cornell.edu or by telephone at (518) 561-7450 ext. 105

Silvopasture Field Day

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014  from  9:30am-4pm at the   Mace Chasm Farm, 810 Mace Chasm Rd., Keeseville NYsilvopasture pic

Silvopasturing is an important new agroforestry system for the Northeast that allows for the sustainable production of timber, forages and livestock on the same land.  Join us for this one day course to develop the skills and knowledge that will help you to evaluate, plan and implement silvopasture projects in the context of your own farm or land that you manage for others.

Sessions will cover basic principles, but also focus on practical applications of the knowledge so that you can be more confident and efficient as you make management decisions.  Instructors are experienced forestry extension educators and technical specialists from Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Paul Smiths College.

Preregistration Required. $15.  http://events.cornell.edu/event/silvopasture_field_day

For more details, check out the flyer:   Silvopasture Day Course – Mace Chasm

Families Cooking Together

family cooking series 2014 Register here.

 

4-H Capital Days: Exploring Government in a More Exciting Way

guest post by Megan Frederick, 14, Tails and Treats 4-H club

When teens hear words like “Senate”, “Representative”, or “Capital”, the universal thought is simply boring! Well, I can tell you differently; in March of 2014, I was one of many 4-H teens present at the annual 4-H Capital Days, an event put on right in the heart of New York’s political life. Held over a span of three days in Albany NY, Capital Days is an educational experience that explains the inner workings of the NY government, in a more exciting way. We got to tour the legendary Capital Building, and the iconic “Million Dollar Staircase”. We got to listen to several speakers from the House of Representatives, and even sit in the chamber they work in! After, a tour of the Capital building followed suit, with many facts woven in. We went into a long hallway filled with portraits depicting past Governors, and we were able to sit in and watch a portion of the Senate debate. That was all on the second day. The first day was arriving, then a make your own pizza dinner, and speakers from the Cornell offices. The dinner on the second night was followed by a dance. It was fun, with games to play with newly met friends.  On the morning of the third day, we got on a bus and traveled to the entrance to the Capital, where we had breakfast with our Senators and Representatives! I had the opportunity to talk and take pictures with Senator Betty Little and Representative Janet Duprey. As if that was not a great start to an educational morning, a group of us walked to the Department of Education, where we had in-depth discussions about the statistics of successful college students, and the new curriculum standards set this year. This was such an amazing experience, and I am so excited to go next year! If you have any interest in having a career in government, or simply want to know more about it, sign up today! Not only is it an educational experience, you will have the opportunity to meet many 4-Hers from different counties, and had some great food!

 

 

-Megan Frederick, 14, Tails and Treats 4-H club

Funding for Farmland Protection now available

New York state recently announced the availability of 2014 funding for the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Program.

Since 2004, Clinton County has received grant awards under this program that protect five farms totaling 4,077 acres. 

An informational meeting will be held on June 17th at 2 pm here at the Cooperative Extension Office, 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh.  

 

4-H Youth Celebrate Local Foods at the 4-H Produced in New York Event

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Broccoli salad with smoked Gouda. Breakfast burritos with farm-fresh eggs. Apple walnut chicken salad. Hungry yet? Thirteen 4-Hers celebrated local foods by demonstrating healthy recipes in our first annual 4-H Produced in New York event, held as part of CCE Clinton County’s Food from the Farm.

Knowing where your food comes from is important for everyone, so this year we wanted to expand our Food from the Farm event to include more opportunities for youth. Produced in NY was ideal – it offered young people a chance to learn about local foods, try new recipes, and share what they learned with their community.

PiNY Recipes 2014 …click here to read more

4-H Friday Night Workshops

Hello Everyone!

We will offering a new opportunity for everyone, 4-H Friday night Workshops! These workshops will be held at our CCE office from 6:30 – 8:30PM every other week (except for the first two) and you may sign up for all of them or just the topics that you are interested in. We will have limited space so pre-registration is required. The schedule for our workshops are as follows:

…click here to read more

2014 4-H Horse Camp Registration Available

This year’s 4-H Horse Camp Registration information is now available. Please contact the Extension Office with any questions. Thank you!

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