Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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:

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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!

Chickens for Beginners: Tuesday April 1st at 7 PM

barred rockIf you have been thinking about adding some more living color to your yard and garden,  Spring is the ideal time to think about chickens. With the growing interest in eating local foods, what is more local than harvesting eggs from your own chickens. For a small family, 3 to 4 chickens can furnish plenty of eggs. Housing can be kept relatively simple, feeding and watering equipment is widely available and chickens can be purchased as chicks or even as adult hens ready to lay.

If you are interested in raising chickens for pleasure or profit, eggs or meat, Cooperative Extension will be holding a workshop on Tuesday April 1st from 7 pm to 830 pm here at the Extension office in Plattsburgh.  We will cover the basics of chicken husbandry, housing, nutrition, and related topics.

The workshop has a $5.00 registration fee. Contact Peter Hagar, Agriculture Educator at 561-7450 or

Local Dairy Farmer & County Legislator participates in Ag Literacy Week

Local Dairy Farmer and County Legislator Sam Dyer recently participated in Ag Literacy Week.   In celebration of National Agriculture Week (March 17th-21st), volunteers throughout the state read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders.  Locally, the Clinton County Farm Bureau and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program teamed up to provide volunteers to many local schools.Sam Dyer Ag Lit Week PR 3-20-14-page-0

Sam Dyer Ag Lit Week PR 3-20-14

Stafford Students Host 4-H Choose Health Junior Iron Chef Competition

Fifteen middle school students worked with a CCE Nutrition Educator to plan and participate in a cooking competition featuring healthy recipes. Youth in this project increased their ability to work in partnership with adults and to create healthy recipes using local and commodity foods. They gained leadership and healthy living skills.

The young people in this project didn’t want to just talk about making healthy choices – they wanted to learn by doing. So our Nutrition Educator and the youth worked together to create a project that combined 4-H Choose Health lessons with the Junior Iron Chef competition. The project had two main components – youth learned about healthy eating and active living (including how to cook) and youth practiced leadership skills. This kept everyone excited and engaged in the project.

Want to know how to get your school or youth group involved? Contact us for more information!

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Statewide Hoof Health and Lameness Program -Miner Institute; Chazy, NY

The regional dairy teams of Cornell Cooperative Extension are collaborating with Cornell PRO-DAIRY, regional SUNY campuses, Miner Institute, Wyoming County Dairy Institute, the National Hoof Trimmers Association, and local hoof trimmers to offer a state-wide module on hoof health and lameness. The module will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, March 25 and 27 and April 1 and 3.

Topics include:

• Economic impact of lameness on longevity, reproduction, and milk production

• Public image and welfare issues

• Anatomy and physiology of the lower leg

• Heritability of hoof and lower leg conformation

• Lameness prevention, environmental considerations, and cow comfort

• Factors that contribute to lameness, metabolic, digital dermatitis, trauma, laminitis

• Why the hoof needs to be balanced

• Learn trimming techniques

• Practice trimming a cadaver feet on farm

• Use and misuse of foot baths

• Locomotion scoring on herds

You MUST PRE-Register for this program! Registration is $100. Contact Kim Morrill (315)-379-9192 or


Office Opening at 11 AM

Our office will open at 11 am today because of the snow storm. Please stay safe and warm!

Upcoming Dairy Programs

Cornell’s Pro-Dairy Team is bringing the Winter Dairy Management program to Northern NY.    This year’s program is all about

“Milking Systems Efficiency – Milking it for all it’s worth”

Locally, the meeting will be on March 12th  at the Miner Institute in Chazy, NY  from   9:30 AM – 3:15 PM

For more information and details about registration, click here:  Upcoming Dairy Programs (1)

Produced in New York PowerPoint is now available

The 4-H Produced in New York How-To PowerPoint (for Clinton County) is now available to view. If you have any questions about what is expected of you for this program please contact Chelsea Baxter at or by phone at (518) 561-7450

You may view the PowerPoint by clicking here: Produced in New York PowerPoint

Closed February 14, 2014

Our office will be closed today due to inclement weather. Be safe today!

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