March 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
SFSS 6th Annual Mom-to-Mom Sale
9:30 AM - 12:30 AM

6th Annual St. Francis St. Stephen Mom-to-Mom Sale.

Saturday April 25th from 9:30am-12:30pm at DeSales High School Gym, 90 Pulteney Street and High Street.  Families come sell your children's outgrown and gently used clothes, toys, games, furniture, sports equipment, baby equipment and more...

Call (315)789-1828 to register and reserve your tables, $20/table. Asking $1 adult adminssion to the sale.

For more information:
Beth Bulkley
(585) 905-9515
Pheasant Rearing Workshop
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Pheasant hunting has a long tradition as one the most popular small game hunting activities in New York State.  But wild populations of this introduced species have reached all-time lows. Without propagation and release programs, pheasant hunting opportunities would not exist in New York. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a long history of propagating pheasants to help meet the demand for pheasant hunting opportunities. And Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension (SCCCE) is offering you an opportunity to get involved in this worthwhile project. 

SCCCE is hosting a workshop on Wednesday, March 4th from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Vince’s Park, corner of routes 318 and 5 & 20 in Seneca Falls to explain how you can get free day old pheasant chicks to raise and release into the wild. This program is free and open to the public. Registration for the program is requested by calling the SCCCE office at 315-539-9251. 

The Cooperative Day-old Pheasant Chick Program (DOCP) is one of the DEC’s programs that help make more game available for hunting and bird watching in the area. The DEC's Bureau of Wildlife owns and operates the Richard E. Reynolds Game Farm located near Ithaca, the state's only pheasant production facility. Approximately 40,000 day-old chicks are hatched and distributed to cooperators. Each cooperator receives a specified number of free day-old chicks to raise and release at no additional expense to DEC. All birds must be released on lands open for public hunting. Program participants include 4-H youth, sportsmen clubs, landowners, farmers, schools, NYS Department of Corrections, and other individuals. For the past 10 years Seneca County has been one of the top three counties with the number of birds raised and released. 

Come to this workshop and learn from John Hoffman from the Richard E. Reynolds Game Farm as he explains how the program works and give tips and ideas on successfully raising the day old chicks.  Hoffman has worked at the game farm for over 40 years and will share his experiences with you. He will also answer questions and give insights on what is required to make this program work for you.  

Rearing pheasants is enjoyable and challenging and also a good teaching tool for youth. Releasing the pheasants offers fall hunting opportunities and pheasants are an enjoyable addition to a property.  The cooperator program provides a means for youth and adults to learn about the husbandry and natural history of pheasants, with an incentive to expand areas open for public hunting and to improve habitat for grassland wildlife species. For more information call the office, email Patti at pap11@cornell.edu  visit our website at www.senecacountycce.org or check us out on Facebook. 

Summer Flowering Bulbs
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County

480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 

Summer-flowering bulbs can provide bright, bold colors in the garden. Some, like dahlias and tuberous begonias, bloom continuously until frost. Others, such as gladioli, have shorter blooming seasons, but successive plantings can provide blooms over an extended period. Except for lilies, most summer-flowering bulbs are not winter hardy here and must be taken up in the fall to survive. Master Gardener Ken Harbison will discuss the culture of a number of bulbs. Topics include starting indoors for earlier bloom, planting, propagating, insect and disease control, pruning, taking up in the fall, and winter storage.

Fee: $10.00/family

To Register: contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or nea8@cornell.edu with your name, address, & phone number.