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.
By: Carol Sitarski, Master Gardener, Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CCE)
“The worms crawl in the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle in your mouth”. Remember that song from childhood? Well, those are not the worms we gardeners so love. This fall while I was putting in some last minute bulbs on a cold fall day I was surprised to find our little friends still close to the surface and it started me thinking about what earthworms do in the winter. During my research I discovered some facts about earthworms that were very interesting. We all know earthworms dramatically alter soil structure, water movement, nutrient dynamics and plant growth. Right?!
Did you know, the best time to test your soil and adjust its pH level is NOW, in the fall, NOT in the spring! Any amendments you add to your soil can take up to 6 months to work their magic (i.e., lime or sulphur).
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are hosting fall pH clinics starting Sept. 15th.
Cornell Small Farms Program just released a new guide for small farmers that lists research projects from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Landowners and Producers Can Now Enroll in Continuous CRP with General Sign-Up to Follow
May 14, 2013 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. Vilsack also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives. Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through Sept. 30, 2013.
The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is offering a FREE webinar to discuss the upcoming Conservation Reserve Program's eligibility requirements, ways to increase acceptance into the program, annual payment rates and CRP practices and management options.
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