February 2015
2015 Tractor Safety Certification Course for Youth
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The Hazardous Occupation in Agricutlural Law requires that youth ages 14 to 16 have at least 24 hours of tractor safety and maintenance instruction in order to drive a tractor on a farm orther than that owned by their parents.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is offering a Tractor Safety Certification Course for Youth this spring.  This is open to all youth and not just 4-H members.

Cost: $35 (includes student manual)

Registration Deadline: March 7, 2015

To Register or for more information: 315-255-1183 

Times:  Mondays from 6-9 p.m.: March 16, 23, 30; April 13, 20; and testing is Saturday, April 25th and begins at 12:30 p.m.

Location:  Various farms and locations around Cayuga County so that we are able to provide a hands on awareness to balance the workbook learning segments.

For more information:
Dorothy Slegle
(315) 255-1183
2015 Winter Dairy Management Program Announced
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is hosting Cornell's Pro-Dairy 2015 Winter Dairy Management Program on Wednesday, March 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State Street, Auburn, NY.  Cost of the program is $35 which includes morning break and lunch.

Impacting dairy farm profitability via milk components will be the focus of the program.  Cornell University’s Pro-Dairy team members Kathy Barrett and Dr. Tom Overton will address topics which include: Milk Components Impact on Milk Check, Understanding Income over Feed Costs and Dairy Nutrition’s Impact on Milk Components.  In addition, a farmer panel will discuss Feeding for Milk Components.  Farm Service Agency borrower credit is available.

Registration is needed by Wednesday, March 4th.  Reservations and payment can be made online by going to:  http://blogs.cornell.edu/ccecayuga and clicking on the Registration Link.  You can also register by calling Peggy Lille at 315-255-1183 (ext. 238).  For more information, please email Judy Wright at jlw24@cornell.edu or call her at 315-255-1183 (ext. 234).  Space is limited, register early and save your seat! 


For more information:
Judy Wright
(314) 255-1183
Pheasant Release Program Announced
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Each Year the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)  makes approximately 60,000 day old pheasant chicks available for individuals to raise and release on public lands.  The program known as the Cooperative Day-old Pheasant Chick Program (DOCP) was designed to assist in revitalizing the ring-necked pheasant population in the area. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is a facilitator of the DOCP program and helps to order and distribute the day old chicks to participating individuals.

  • Anyone can apply to participate in the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program, this includes 4-H members, schools, clubs and members of the community.
  • Participants must have appropriate brooding facility and outdoor rearing pen.
  • Release sites must be open to the public for pheasant hunting.
  • Applications for chicks must be submitted before noon on Friday, March 13th, 2015
  • Participants should be familiar with the DEC pheasant rearing guide http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/dayoldchicks.pdf
  • Chicks MUST be picked up on the day of delivery, which is scheduled for mid-May. 
  • Pheasants must be released at 8 weeks of age or older, but no later than the end of pheasant hunting season.
  • Pheasant chicks are not to be purchased, sold or traded.

For further information regarding the DOCP program OR to order pheasant chicks for rearing and release on public lands, call Peggy Lillie (ext. 238) Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-255-1183.  You can also order online by going to:  https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/cayugapheasants13-2-2_205Order DEADLINE is Friday March 13, 2015.   Chicks will be available for pick up at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County office (248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY) in mid-May.

For more information:
Dorothy Slegle
(315) 255-1183
Blood Pressure Screening
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Nurses from Geneva Genera lHospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Department are offering monthly free blood pressure screenings and education at the Geneva Community Lunch Program held at the Geneva Methodist Church located at 340 Main Street.  This month’s screening is scheduled for Thursday, February 26 from 11:15 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. 

Free blood pressure screenings are also held the second Tuesday of each month in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Dining Room at Geneva General Hospital from 1-3 p.m.  The entrance and parking is at the rear of the hospital.  For more information call Diana Modera at (315)787-4464.   For physician referral information call (315) 787-4060.

Spaghetti Dinner
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Spaghetti Dinner at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge (301 E. Elm Street, Penn Yan) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Tickets available at the door but presale preferred.  Purchase yours from a local 4-H member or at Cornell Cooperative Extension (417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan).  Cost: $7.00 individual (youth or adult)/$28.00 for an immediate family.  Sponsored by 4-H of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County.

For more information:
Barb McGuffie
(315) 536-5123
Invasive Species Public Workshop
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County and the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management will be hosting a public workshop on invasive species. This free workshop will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County office on February 26th from 6:00–8:00 P.M. Invasive species, such as giant hogweed and Hydrilla, are causing harm to ecosystems, the economy, and human health in the Finger Lakes region. Learn how to identify, report and manage these damaging species. Please contact Emily Staychock to register for this event: ecs268@cornell.edu; 315-536-5123 x4127.

For more information:
Emily Staychock
(315) 536-5123
Cardiac Pre-hab Preview
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Finger Lakes Health invites people who want to learn more about protecting the heart through education to participate in one free preventative health session. Finger Lakes Health’s “Cardiac PRE-hab” preview will be held in three local communities Feb. 24-26: 

  • Thursday, Feb. 26: Generations Bank Headquarters Conference Room, 20 East Bayard Street, Seneca Falls, 6-8 p.m. 

The program consists of one evening session presented by Finger Lakes Health Cardiologist Dr. Joseph Gomez. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. You may register online at www.flhealth.org/events. This program is made possible through a generous grant from The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund (www.mcgowanfund.org).           

Finger Lakes Health’s “Cardiac PRE-hab” preview includes valuable information about: 

• The heart and how it works 

• Understanding cardiac diagnostic testing 

• Fitness and nutrition 

• Your risk factors for cardiac disease and how to prevent it 

While the free preview is for one evening, participants are invited to sign-up for Finger Lakes Health’s full eight-week Cardiac PRE-hab program to be held Tuesdays from April 7 through May 26 at the Community Center, 160 Carter Road, Geneva. The eight-week program is $35 per participant. 

Those interested in participating, please call (315) 787-4012 or e-mail cardiacprehab@flhealth.org. You may register online at www.flhealth.org/events.

Home Remedies that Work with Dr. McGrimley
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


What if there were natural ingredients that could get rid of scars, erase bruises and reduce inflammation in your joints? There are! Come learn how common household items like pineapple and vitamin C can work for you in ways that you never imagined with Dr. William McGrimley! Call to register 315-539-5624.

Location: Seneca Meadows Education Center, 1977 State Route 414, Seneca Falls

Date: Thursday, February 26th, 6:30—7:30 pm

Cost: $6.00 per person

Program Type: Adult

For more information:
(315) 539-5624