Posted by: ccenys4h | April 15, 2014

NY Gourd and Artisan Festival

Gourds can be wonderfully creative when used in art!  The Dig Art! Cultivating Creativity in the Garden lessons address gourd crafting, among numerous other arts-based activities.  All activities are grounded in ecological stewardship.

Save the dates: Saturday & Sunday September 13 & 14 2014

The New York State Gourd Society and The Cornell Cooperative Extension-Broome County are co-sponsoring the first gourd/multi-artisan festival in New York.
What you can expect:

  • Gourd classes, tools & supplies, raw gourds
  • Alpaca & other fiber art classes, supplies & animals
  • Soap/Lotion, Wood Carving: classes, tools & supplies
  • Jewelry classes, tools & supplies
  • Silent Auction & Gallery
  • Probably more!


  • Teach a class(es). Teacher’s application is available at & by request @ (Due date  is May 15th)
  • Sell supplies or your finished art. Vendor’s application available at & by request @  (First come/first served; indoor & outdoor spaces available)
  • Provide free demonstration(s). Volunteer by letting me know (
  • Volunteer to “welcome” visitors and help with whatever needs doing. (
  • Host a “Make & Take” station for children.  Volunteer by letting me know (
  • Take a class. Classes will be posted online July 1st and online registration will also be available. (Early bird registration is $5 less per class; ends Sept 5th; later registration and onsite registrations accepted as space allows.)


  • Cornell Cooperative Extension, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905-1500 easy access from Routes 81, 17/86, and 88 (less than 1 mile from all of these major routes)

Travel Information:

  • Local motels include Comfort Inn, Super 8, Fairfield Inn, Howard Johnson, Red Roof Inn, Holiday Inn & more
  • Campgrounds include Chenango Valley State Park, Pine Valley RV Park & Campground, more

Learn more about the program here:



Members of the community are invited to learn more about invasive species at an educational evening on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Master Gardener program will be offering a Beetle Busters training from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This class will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty, NY.

Beetle Busters is a training that covers the identification of and survey techniques for forest pests in the Catskills region with a focus on Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle.  Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) welcomes community members that can spread this knowledge and these practices throughout their home county.

Cost to attend is $10.00 per person. Registration with payment is required in advance by calling CCE at 845-292-6180. For more information, the public can email Susan Dollard, CCE Master Gardener Coordinator, at

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a forest pest that feeds solely on ash trees. This pest has been detected in several counties in New York and is causing severe damage and costing us the health of our forest ecosystems. Communities are left to foot the bill of removing hundreds of dying trees. This metallic green beetle can’t be stopped, but CRISP is doing everything possible to help slow the spread of the EAB and help communities to prepare.

The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is a 1 ½-inch-long, glossy black beetle with very long, black-and-white banded antennae. It tunnels its way through healthy hardwood trees weakening the main structure of the tree. The female lays eggs inside, and the cycle of devastation continues. It invades most hardwoods, including but not limited to: maple, horse chestnut, ash, birch, elm, willow, and poplar trees. To date, more than 72,000 trees have been deforested due to ALB invasion. Early detection is therefore vital to containing the spread of this species.

Posted by: ccenys4h | April 11, 2014

Saratoga Horse Symposium April 12th & 13th

If you are interested in attending the Saratoga Horse Symposium please be sure to register as soon as possible! Call 518-885-8995, we can take your info over the phone, or go to forms are available to print out.

Here is a preview of the workshops being offered:


 9:00am – “Equine Wound Care” 

10:15am– “Snorts, Stomps, and Squeals”

10:15 am– “Saddle Fitting” 

11:30 am – “Regenerative Medicine, What it Can do for You!”

11:30am – “Planning for Life-Time Care for Horses” 

1:30 pm – “Overcoming Anxiety in your Horse”

3:00pm – “The Mechanics of Speed” 



9:00am – “Poor Performance in the Equine Athlete” 

9:00 am – “Equine Massage”

10:15 am – Managing Parasites” 

12:00 pm– “A Second Career for NY Bred OTTB’s” 

1:30 pm– “Introduction to Ranch Horse Showing” .

Posted by: ccenys4h | April 11, 2014

4-H Regional Nutrition Workshop for Market Animals

A 4-H Regional Nutrition Workshop for Market Animals will be held at The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 12, 2014.  This workshop is open to  4-H members and youth interested in raising quality market animals.  Nutrition professionals will work with youth to determine the best feeding ration for their project animal(s).  Species sessions will be offered for beef, rabbit, sheep, goat, swine, and poultry.  The workshop will also offer information on the cuts of meat and marketing.

The registration fee for youth is $5 when registered by April 4 or $10 at the door.  The program is free for adult chaperones.  All participants MUST be registered for lunch.  Registration includes lunch and door prizes.  To register, call 607-547-2536 Extension 0, or visit online

Workshop presenters include Melanie Soberon, Nutrition, Cornell University; Brad Johnson, Professor, SUNY Cobleskill; Makenzie Fitzpatrick, Animal Nutritionist with Kent; Joe Hafele, Animal Nutritionist with Purina; Liz Farrow, Cornell University graduate; Eric Shelley, President/Consultant with Meat Pro; John Lathrop, beef producer .

The lunch sponsors are Purina & Byrne Dairy.  Prize sponsors include Lilley’s Feed and Needs, Country Max, Whites Farm Supply, and Tractor Supply. This educational workshop is presented by the 4-H programs in Oneida, Herkimer, and Chenango, and Otsego Counties.



Posted by: ccenys4h | March 25, 2014

Fourth Annual Youth Development Research Update

Each year, the Youth Development Research Update creates a forum for practitioners and
Cornell University researchers to discuss issues relevant to the well-being and development of
children and adolescents. Together we will ask:

  • How can practitioners use research findings for interventions or practices that benefit young people within various social settings?
  • Which questions emerge from the field that researchers have not explored and need to address?

The conference will be held June 3-4, 2014 in Ithaca, NY and will feature multiple expert professors and professionals speaking on a variety of topics. For complete information and to register please view the  Youth Development Research Update Registration.

Posted by: ccenys4h | March 21, 2014

Animal Crackers Event

Procedures for county 4-H office staff and a printable brochure with workshop descriptions and a schedule for 2014 Animal Crackers are now posted  This annual event for beginner 4-H’ers will be held on Sat. May 3, 2014, at Cornell.

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The deadline to register is April 22. Cost is $7/person.  To keep cost low, attendees are asked to bring a lunch.

The Cornell Dairy Bar will be open!

Attendees may choose 1 of (2) different species tracks and will rotate through (6 stations).

For those travelling with groups from a distance, rooms have been blocked (until April 18) at the Ramada Ithaca, 2310 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY  14850. Phone number is (607) 257-3100. The link is:

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Below is a sneak peak of hands-on stations planned, plus special guests from:

Workshops Include:

  • Grooming for Greatness
  • Repro Depot
  • Make the Best Better
  • Be a Weight Watcher
  • Getting the Inside Track
  • Poultry Workshops
  • Healthy Habits
  • Nutrition Needs
  • Egg Science
  • Be the Judge
  • Groom Room
  • Housing for Birds

We hope you consider joining us as the annual fun event!

Posted by: ccenys4h | March 21, 2014

Submit a Workshop and Poster Session Proposal

The New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators (NYSACCE4-HE) Professional Development Committee and SouthEast 4-H District have been busy at work planning for the annual New York State 4-H educator’s conference to be held on October 14- 16, 2014, at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center located in Callicoon, Sullivan County.   Hopefully, you have these dates on your calendar.  In the effort to remind us of the importance of our work, the Professional Development Committee has themed the conference: Essential Elements of Professional Youth Development.

Essential elements are the entities that create normal growth, development, and maintenance.  What essential elements do youth development professionals need? The NYSACCE4-HE Professional Development Committee is planning on sharing this information with New York State 4-H Educators at the annual conference.

At this moment the Professional Development Committee is soliciting requests for proposals for a postersession and 16-20 workshops.  A poster session is scheduled Tuesday evening before dinner. Conference Workshops are 1 hour and 15 minutes long and are offered on Tuesday, October 14th and Wednesday, October 15th.   In an effort to meet the needs of presenters and educators, workshops do have the option of being two sessions long.  This year the professional development tracts include:

  • Essential Elements of Youth Development
  • Project Materials and Curriculum
  • 4-H Club Management
  • Making the Best 4-H Educator Better:  such as best practices for leadership skill building for educators, for dealing with challenges of our positions
  • Campus Initiatives: such as best practices recording and documenting our impact, common core standards,  4-H Common Measures, regionalized programs, and diversity.

Please take the time to submit an RFP for the annual conference. What kind of programming and experiences have you had? What research do you have to share? Are there any projects or programs you wish more 4-H Educators did? Now is your opportunity to share! Everyone will benefit by you sharing some of those experiences statewide. We all have joined  NYSACCE4-HE to better our professional abilities, so what better way than to be part of the conference and provide a presentation or poster.

Deadline for submissions is April 9th. Do not procrastinate. Stay on the track and submit your proposal right now through the online form, located on the Cornell Cooperative Extension Event Registration page under Oswego and Westchester counties. This link will lead you there: (Host county is Oswego or Westchester County.)

Be an integral part of the team that helps make the conference the best ever. Submit a RFP today.

Posted by: ccenys4h | March 18, 2014

4-H Volunteerism eConference

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The 4-H Volunteerism eConference will be held on the afternoons of Thursday, March 20th and Friday, March 21st. The conference is offering a variety of workshops listed below that can be accessed online.

Thursday March 20, 2014

Session One: 12:00 – 12:45 PM (Eastern Time)
Overview of Volunteerism and Future Directions – Purpose of the VEAR pilots
Doug Swanson, National 4-H Headquarters
Janet Golden, National 4-H Council
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#

Session Two: 1:15 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
VEAR Corporate Site #1
Chris Gleason, 4-H Program Specialist
Jane Hayes-Johnk
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#

Session Three: 2:30 – 3:15 PM (Eastern Time)
Developing and Communicating Clearly Defined Roles for Volunteers
Harriett Edwards, Extension Specialist
North Carolina State University Extension
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#


Session Four: 3:45 – 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
VEAR Corporate Site #2
Heather Kent, Regional Specialized 4-H Agent III
Dr. Bryan Terry, Assistant Professor and Volunteer Specialist
University of Florida Extension
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#


Thursday March 27, 2014

Session Five: 12:00 – 12 :45 PM (Eastern Time)
Recruiting Strategies for Diverse Volunteers
Manola Erby, Youth Specialist
Alcorn State University Extension Program
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#

Session Six: 1:15 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Special Interest Clubs – Episodic
Madonna Weese, Extension Specialist,
Jamie Boas
Alvarez Dixon
University of Illinois Extension
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#

Session Seven: 2:30 – 3:15 PM (Eastern Time)
Teens as Teachers
Lisa Bouillion Diaz, Extension Specialist,
Diane Baker, 4-H Youth Development Educator
Erica Austin, 4-H Youth Development Educator
Judy Schmidt, 4-H Youth Development Educator
University of Illinois Extension
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#

Session Eight: 3:45 – 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Putting It All Together – Edward Bender, National 4-H Council
Pam Larson Nippolt, Evaluation and Research Specialist
University of Minnesota Extension
The Story Behind the Process Evaluation: How we evaluated and what we learned.
Upon signing in, have the site call your number, otherwise
800-591-2259 582765#


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services still has $500 planning stipends available to 4-H clubs around the country interested in conducting community-based town hall meetings around preventing underage drinking. As such, the deadline to apply for a stipend has been extended to April 7, 2014. For those clubs interested in registering to hold a town hall meeting and receiving the $500 planning stipend, please send your email address to Dana Lauren West at Shortly after that you will get an invitation that includes a unique web address you can use to register your event. Below is more information about the opportunity.

What is the Issue?

In 2010, underage drinking cost communities nationwide an estimated $62 billion. The cost to individuals and their families in terms of injury, death, and other consequences of underage drinking is immeasurable.

What is the Opportunity?

SAMHSA, the lead agency for the Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking, has sponsored underage drinking prevention town hall meeting events every two years since 2006 as a way for communities to learn more about preventing this public health problem. Since the initiative began, SAMHSA has supported more than 7,000 of these town hall meetings.

SAMHSA is inviting 4-H clubs to hold town hall meetings to help prevent underage drinking. A 4-H club’s participation makes them eligible for a $500 planning stipend. SAMHSA has a limited number of stipends available, which will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do 4-H Clubs Apply for the $500 Stipend?

If you are interested in signing up to hold a Town Hall Meeting, please visit the following link and follow the directions to sign up:  Town Hall Meeting Web site. The deadline is March 7.

Where do 4-H Clubs Go for More Information about Town Hall Meetings?

SAMHSA is providing free online resources for planning, promoting, and conducting a successful meeting at its Town Hall Meeting Web site.

For New Town Hall Meeting Organizers

The following training video, in English and Spanish, provides a basic introduction on hosting a Town Hall Meeting to prevent underage drinking:


What are the Town Hall Meeting Guidelines?

Events can be conducted in a physical location or via the Internet and take any of several approaches (e.g., panel discussion, student presentation, roundtable, open-microphone community forum, or webinar). Regardless of approach, SAMHSA expects Town Hall Meetings to:

  • Be open to the public;
  • Inform participants about the consequences of underage drinking and evidence-based measures to prevent it;
  • Provide for audience discussion of solutions to the problem;
  • Engage community members in pursuing prevention actions; and
  • Lead to results that can be measured and reported.

A Town Hall Meeting can be combined with another community event so long as underage drinking prevention is a key, related topic. For example, underage drinking prevention should be considered during any community discussion to prevent and reduce HIV/AIDS, school violence, drug abuse, or other public health problems and to promote the mental health of youth. The recommended, but not required, theme of “Our Town. Our Health. Our Future” can help frame a discussion about the many problems that underage drinking prevention can reduce.

Remember that the purpose of a Town Hall Meeting is to mobilize communities around underage drinking prevention. Distributing brochures at a health fair, posting information about underage drinking prevention on a Facebook page, or holding an alcohol-free event for small groups of students does not achieve this purpose. If you are uncertain about your event plan, with your questions.

What are the Stipend Guidelines?

The planning stipend is meant to help defray the costs of planning and holding an event. You may use the stipend to cover costs such as facilities rental, printing, and promotion. If guest speakers are unwilling to donate their services, the stipend may be used to cover their honorarium.

These stipends may NOT be used to pay for food and beverages, entertainment, door prizes, discounts, incentive giveaways, promotional products (e.g., T-shirts, baseball caps, or coffee mugs), or for anything not specifically related to planning and conducting Underage Drinking Prevention Town Hall Meetings.

A Town Hall Meeting might be conducted at a county fair or other community gathering that would attract a large audience. However, tacking a presentation on underage drinking onto some other planned activity may not qualify for SAMHSA support or recognition. If you are uncertain about your plan, contact with your questions.

Social media can be used to help plan, promote, and report Town Hall Meetings. But a Twitter chat or a Facebook discussion would not be eligible for a SAMHSA planning stipend.

Seasoned farmers or beginners  can gain valuable knowledge at an in-depth workshop on producing and marketing hay and baleage and feeding forage to beef, sheep, goats, horses, and alpaca to maximize livestock performance. A Hay, Baleage, and Forage Quality Workshop is being offered on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Orange and Ulster Counties.

Aaron Gabriel, a Northwest New York Crop Specialist, will discuss how to obtain and maintain optimum forage quality. Topics covered will be managing, renovating, and establishing hay fields. Participants will take a close look at forage quality and the economics involved in making hay. Tips from the area specialists can help in growing quality forages.

As a partnered program with the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of  Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties, this class will be held at CCE Orange County from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. A live webinar of this workshop will also be available at CCE Ulster County beginning at 11:00 am.

Cost of this program will be $15.00 per person or $20.00 per farm and includes a light lunch.

Space is limited so pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required by April 9th. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling 845-292-6180 or emailing Michelle Lipari at

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