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NYS Health Department: Health Advice for Eating Fish You Catch

May 28, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

All publications can be viewed or downloaded from NYS Department of Health, here! http://profiles.health.ny.gov/img/nysdoh.png

You can also download and complete the order form online through this PDF

If you have questions about the order form or fish advisory materials, please call 518-402-7530 or email cdheduc@health.ny.gov

Nutrition Opening! Apply by June 5th!

May 28, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

CCE Onondaga County has an opening for a Temporary Nutrition Educator to support summer program!

 

See the full posting on our Jobs section: http://www.extendonondaga.org/employment/job-openings/

News Regarding Avian Flu

May 27, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

How to Protect Your Home Flock

With the recent outbreak of Avian Flu in the United States, it’s important for all flock owners, large and small, to take preventative measures to protect their birds. While no cases have been reported in New York State, we need to be cautious and protect our birds before it’s too late.

The newest strain of avian flu is carried and transmitted by wild, migratory birds such as ducks and geese. Your flock does not have to come into contact with these wild birds to pick up the deadly disease. The newest strain of avian flu is devastating flocks both large and small throughout the United States and Canada, although no human cases of the virus. There currently is no public health concern regarding the virus.

Please follow these steps to keep your flock safe:

  1. CLEAN! Scrub your shoes with disinfectant and wash your hands thoroughly before entering your coop and/or bird area. Change the birds’ food and water daily. Remove manure and clean and disinfect equipment that comes into contact with your birds and their droppings (waterers, feeders, cages, tool, etc.). If you have been in contact with other birds and/or bird owners, cleans and disinfect your vehicle tires, poultry cages and equipment before going home.
  2. Purchase new birds from reputable breeders and hatcheries. Keep new birds quarantined from your existing flock for a minimum of 21 days.
  3. Restrict the access to your property and your birds. If you have a free ranging flock, consider fencing them in to better control the spread of germs.
  4. If you plan on showing your birds (currently there are no allowed poultry shows in NY or PA for this summer), have your birds tested and keep them separated from the rest of your flock for a minimum of 21 days after you return from the show.
  5. REPORT SICK BIRDS. If you have birds that are sick, call New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3502. NYSDAM will help you find out if your birds have avian flu and what your options are if they are infected.

Symptoms of Infectious Bird Diseases:

  • Sudden increase in deaths in your flock
  • Sneezing, gasping for air, coughing and nasal discharge
  • Watery and green diarrhea
  • Lack of energy and/or poor appetite
  • Drop in egg production, soft, thin shelled or misshapen eggs
  • Swelling around the eyes, neck and head
  • Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs and legs
  • Tremors, drooping winds, circling, twisting of the head and neck or lack of movement

IF YOU HAVE SICK BIRDS, IMMEDIATELY CALL NYSDAM at 518-457-3502.

 

Fact sheet from NYSDAM: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/AvianFlu.html

Fact Sheet from the WHO:  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/avian_influenza/en/

Tractor Safety Course!

May 26, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

The Hazardous Occupation in Agriculture Law requires that youth ages 14-16 must haveFFA at least 24 hours of tractor safety and maintenance instruction in order to drive a tractor on a farm other than that owned by their parents.

Tully FFA and Onondaga CCE will be conducting a Tractor Safety Certification Course for Youth during July to fulfill these requirements. The course will be open to all youth. Classes will be held from 8 am until 12 pm July 20th – 24th and July 27th and 28th. Classes will be held at the Tully High School located at 5848 State Route 80 Tully, NY 13159. This seven session course will cover many components of agriculture safety. Class members are required to attend all 7 classes. The certification exams will be given on July 28th.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost of the class is $25 and will cover all materials as well as a certification card once the class has been completed with a passing exam.

Youth, starting at age 13 may take the course. Certification is required for youth 14 and 15 years old. Those younger may take the class but may not become certified. Older youth may take the class but certification is not required after age 15.TRACTOR

Instructors:   Mr. Hill, Mr. Hoke, TBD

Location:    Tully High 5848 State Rt. 80 Tully, NY 13159

School Room 191

Schedule:    July 20th – July 24th, July 27th- July 28th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who Can Take the Course?    Youth, starting at age 13. Certification is required for youth 14 and 15 years old. Those younger can take the class but may not become certified. Older youth can take the class but certification is not required after age 15.

What is the Cost?     $25

-This covers the cost of the workbook and certification card

-Make checks payable to the Tully FFA

How do you sign up?    Please register HERE!

or call Erin Hull at CCE Onondaga at 315-424-9485 ext. 224

 

Plant Sale Tomorrow!!

May 22, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

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