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Cooperative Extension Brings Chickens to the Classroom

By Jason Detzel Last year I received a grant from the New York 4-H Development Program to complete a poultry project with 4-H youth in the County.  Naturally I chose to purchase an incubator, fertile eggs, and some supplies to teach a class on hatching chickens and to showcase the process at the Ulster County … Read More

Fruitful Friendship: Jim Bittner is 2017 Friend of Extension

by RJ Anderson Through his involvement with agriculture organizations across New York state and as owner and general manager of Bittner-Singer Orchards, Jim Bittner has developed many strong friendships through the years. On Thursday, Dec. 7, one relationship in particular was on full display as Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) recognized Bittner with the organization’s 2017 … Read More

Cornell Group Explores Future of Indoor Farming

by Jill Monti Indoor farming entrepreneurs and experts came to Cornell in early November with a goal: leverage the innovation at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create viable businesses for local vegetables and produce grown indoors.  Known as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), the systems combine greenhouse environmental controls such as heating and … Read More

Extension Summer Interns Recount Helping NYS Businesses and Communities

Projects ranged from winery establishment and expansion in New York’s North Country to enhancing children’s play and parents’ knowledge in Suffolk County, Long Island. by R.J. Anderson Stepping up to the podium at the 2017 Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) internship reception Oct. 11, at Cornell Biotech, 26 students shared their experiences of working at CCE … Read More

Extension Helps NY Brewers, Growers Raise a Pint

Harvest NY Farm-to-Pint tours spotlight Empire State craft beer supply chain. by R.J. Anderson The essential ingredients of a pint of locally produced New York state craft beer are quite simple: hops, barley, yeast and water. Much more complex, however, is how the supply chain of those elements comes together to create beverages that adhere … Read More

Extension and NY Farmers Share Harvest with Hurricane Victims

Vegetable Specialist Maire Ullrich connects New York State growers with Feeding America food banks to bring NYS produce to Florida. by R.J. Anderson Like many Americans, Hudson Valley apple farmer Steve Pennings watched the devastation of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria this September and wanted to do something to help. “At the same time, I … Read More

Extension Helps North Country Grow Grapes, Wine Community

by R.J. Anderson Growing grapes in northeastern New York and Vermont requires a hardy vine and a committed hand. Researchers and extension educators from Cornell and the University of Vermont are offering wineries a helping hand with the agriculture, viticulture, and commercial challenges of growing grapes in a rugged climate. The green and red partnership … Read More

Agriculture Career Day Exposes Teens to Diverse Fields

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Cornell Cooperative Extension team up to host 2017 Building the Agricultural Intellect of the Finger Lakes Youth Career Day. by R.J. Anderson From dairy robotics and precision farming technology to the chemistry of wine making and integrated pest management, jobs in … Read More

CCE Helps N.Y. Brewers, Growers Bet the Farm on Fickle Grain

by R.J. Anderson Malting barley is an essential ingredient for brewing beer. And since its very recent reintroduction to New York agriculture after several decades of prohibition and disease-induced dormancy, it has also been very challenging to grow to market grade. Those challenges, paired with the rising demands of the state’s three-year old farm brewery … Read More

Meat Processing Workshops a Cut Above

Cooperative Ext., SUNY announce spring class schedule by R.J. Anderson When Samantha Schriber-Vanstrom decided to drive nearly five hours from her western New York home to attend the Harvest New York poultry cutting workshop at SUNY Cobleskill, she did so looking to maximize her small farm’s profits. “I wanted to learn about how other people … Read More

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