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September 1st Tick Management Forum

Aug 25, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County Offers A Public Forum on Ticks and Lyme Disease

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County is hosting a public forum on ticks, Lyme disease and options to manage ticks in the yard and in the landscape. The forum will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the All Saints Church located at 1342 Lancaster Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.

The increasing incidence of Lyme disease and tick-borne illness has been a frequent topic of discussion in Onondaga County and throughout the Central New York region. Three experts will present on a variety of topics related to ticks and public health. Brian Underwood, PhD., USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and SUNY-ESF will discuss the assessment of exposure to tick-bites; Joellen Lampman from NYS Integrated Pest Management will discuss landscape management options to help minimize exposure to ticks; and Quoc Nguyen, M.D., Medical Director of the Onondaga County Health Department will discuss Lyme disease symptoms, diagnosis, and prevention.

After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. This forum is free and open to anyone interested in learning about reducing exposure to ticks around their home and in recreational settings.

Questions about the public forum may be directed to Kim Zhang, 315-424-9485, ext. 229 or at

Find us at the Fair!

Aug 21, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off

fairCome see us at the Great New York State Fair!

Check out our schedule and map of where we’ll be!

Natural Resources staff and Master Gardeners will table with the NYS Parks at their Natural Resource Stewardship Tent. This year’s focus will be on invasive species, pollinators, blight, composting, and ticks. The table will be located across from the patio outside the International Pavilion.

Nutrition Team Educators are partnering with SNAP-Ed educators from Oneida and Cayuga County to provide a variety of nutrition education activities in partnership with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in the Science and Industry Building most days during the Fair.

4-H Volunteer Opportunity at the 2015 Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the NYS Fair!

Aug 10, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off


The NY Animal Ag Coalition (NYAAC), in cooperation with the Cornell Vet School, is seeking volunteers for the 3rd Annual Dairy Cow Birthing Center, which has become one of the top attractions at the New York State Fair. We’d like to offer you the opportunity for 4-H youth who are at least 16  years old and have experience with dairy cows to work at the exhibit this year as volunteers and gain real life lessons in working with the public and alongside some of the top dairy producers in the state.  For every shift filled by a 4-H youth participant NYAAC will contribute $100 to that local County 4-H program!


The goal of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center is to enhance the awareness and understanding of dairy farms.  Last year, we attracted over 213,000 fairgoers and welcomed 36 calves into the world over 12 days.  However, the real attraction is our volunteers who come to share their passion, their life stories and the care they have for dairy cows.  So please consider volunteering and being part of this incredible educational exhibit that is helping bridge the gap between farmer and consumer – and is a lot of fun doing so!  If you would like to make this available to your 4-H youth please email Jessica Ziehm and ask her to send you the volunteer registration form.  Sign up soon as the shifts are filling quickly.calf2

Newly Formed Local Agriculture & Land Use Leadership Institute To Host Inaugural Trainings

Aug 3, 2015   //   by Kristina Ferrare   //   Featured Article, News, Project Spotlight  //  Comments Off
Image: “August Afternoon, Besemer” © Alison Mason Kingsbury, printed with permission Cornell University Rare and Manuscript Collections

Image: “August Afternoon, Besemer”
© Alison Mason Kingsbury, printed with permission
Cornell University Rare and Manuscript Collections

Targeting Residents of Onondaga, Oneida and Madison Counties

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, August 3, 2015 – While farmers are out in the fields growing our food, decisions are made in town halls that impact the future of local agriculture. A new program plans to help residents develop leadership skills for participating in local planning meetings and speaking up for the farms in their community.

“Tragically, New York has lost 4,500 farms, the equivalent of one farm every three and a half days, since the early 1980s,” said David Haight, New York State Director at American Farmland Trust. “Communities must do more to protect farmland and help local farmers achieve economic security to ensure that farming continues into the future – farms and farmland can’t be taken for granted.”

American Farmland Trust and Cornell University established the Local Agriculture & Land Use Leadership Institute to develop community leaders with the skills and knowledge to strengthen the economy and protect farmland. The Institute will train farmers, extension educators, planners, nonprofit professionals, local officials and concerned citizens about policies and programs that communities can use in protecting farmland and keeping farmers on the land. Open to all interested residents, the Institute is recruiting 30 residents of Oneida, Madison and Onondaga counties for five, day-long training sessions from November 2015 through February 2016.

Each session will foster leadership skill development as well as the technical aspects of land use planning, farmland protection, and agricultural economic development. Participants will learn from classroom presentations, panels of guest experts, site visits, interactive activities and case studies relevant to the three-county region. Participants will also receive certificates of program completion that can be applied for land use training credits required by the State of New York for planning and zoning board members.

The $100 fee covers instruction, materials, refreshments, and other costs. Partial scholarships are also available. For more information and to apply for the Local Agriculture & Land Use Leadership Institute, visit

Special thanks to the Central New York Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for their financial support of the Institute’s training program being offered in Onondaga, Madison and Oneida Counties.

View the curriculum for the Institute here.

Submit your application to the Local Agriculture & Land Use Leadership Institute online here. A PDF application is available here. Successful candidates will be notified in early October 2015.


July 11 Energy Workshop CANCELED!

Jul 9, 2015   //   by Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew   //   News  //  Comments Off

This program will be rescheduled for the Fall.


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