Historical data from the National Weather Service indicates that many areas of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties will have their first frost of the season within the next two weeks. While it’s sad to see the traditional gardening season come to an end, you may be able to extend your gardening season a bit longer with careful attention to the weather forecast and a little extra work to protect tender plants.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners in Cattaraugus County will present a free gardening lecture series called “Wednesdays in the Arboretum”.
Every Wednesday evening, beginning July 9 through August 20, 2014 there will be two lectures at the Nannen Arboretum at 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY from 7:00-8:30 PM. There are informational and exciting programs planned for each evening. Master Gardeners and other local experts will be conducting the classes.
At the ribbon cutting of the USDA Headquarters People’s Garden in April 2010 plans were already in place to install a beehive on the roof of the Whitten Building as well as a “bee-cam” so anyone anywhere could learn about bee activity. USDA’s newest ‘buzzing’ residents were welcomed on Earth Day but the bee cam was put on hold. 18 gallons of honey later, that idea has finally come to bee. See what the bees are up to on any given day by viewing the video buzz.
The Census of Agriculture is conducted every 5 years, for the same years as the Economic Census and the Census of Governments. Starting with reference year 1997, the agriculture census has been conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For 1992 and earlier years, the census was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau or its predecessors. The Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.
Various Employment Positions will be available for those working to work as a field hand at Canticle Farm.
Allegany County 4-H has attended District Dairy Bowl for the past several years. This year the our team consisted of the following 4-H members: Megan Jozwiak (14, Hinsdale), Elana Emerson (14, Cuba), Molly Emerson (17, Cuba), Lily McGovern (17, Belmont), Josh Deichmann (18, Belmont), Michael Deichmann (17, Belmont) , Alyssa Santangelo (17, Cuba), Elizabeth Burrows (18, Cuba), Logan Torrey (11, Angelica), Noah Santangelo (13, Cuba), Kyla Jozwiak (10, Hinsdale), Alexis Deichmann (11, Belmont), Zach Deichmann (14, Belmont), Josie (13, Rushford) and Kimmi Litchner (14, Rushford).
The 4-H horse program is off to a good start with our educational contests. On February 15th at the Ellicottville Central School we kicked off our year with public presentations. We set up a special room for the Regional Horse Communications (a contest where youth speak/Present on a horse topic in front of judges. The winners go on to represent our County at the Region contest held this year in Cuba, NY on April 5th.
A new aquatic invader has been identified in the neighboring County of Chautauqua. The Water Chestnuts have moved in and practically taken over the Jamestown Audubon's Big Pond, in just six years after first identification. With efforts from volunteers, continually over the summer, the Audubon is working to reverse and prevent more occurances. More recently, these plants have been pulled from Chautauqua Lake, and then 14 more plants were found in Akeley Swamp in 2013. This swamp is adjacent to the Conewango Creek which is a tributary to the Allegheny River. So far it has yet to make it
Learn something about land, nature, growing and more at Cornell University Cooperative Extension's 22nd Annual Rural Landowner Workshop. There will be an open session on the Ecology of Alaska followed by three concurrent sessions with four classes per session and you must choose one class per session.
Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b was enacted in 2003 to provide for the designation of an annual 30-day period during which landowners may submit requests for the inclusion of predominately viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district. Cattaraugus County has designated January 2 through January 31, 2014 as this 30-day period.