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Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Principles of Gardening course offered this fall by Cornell extension, deadline to register is Aug. 25

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will be offering “Principles of Gardening” training on Wednesday evenings, starting Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 pm. Classes will be held at the CCE office at 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Participants will enjoy training in horticulture topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, fruit, perennials and annuals. Each class will focus on a different topic throughout training.

Pre-registration and payment by Aug. 25 is required. Class size will be limited. No walk-ins will be allowed. The fee for training is $225 per person.

This training is also the first requirement to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener.

Graduates of the program (Genesee county residents) are then eligible to apply to the Genesee County Master Gardener program. (Other county residents should contact their local Master Gardener program.) A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned at training. Enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge is a must.

For an application or to register contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by the Extension office located at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Collins assists Cornell extension in getting tax exempt status back

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) helped the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Genesee County regain its tax-exempt status, something it should have never had revoked in the first place. The CCE of Genesee County contacted Congressman Collins’ office after it was notified by the IRS that its tax-exempt status was being revoked without an explanation.

After months of back and forth, Collins’ office determined that the IRS mistakenly placed CCE of Genesee County on an "Auto-Revocation" list. The issue has now been resolved and the agency’s tax-exempt status has been restored.

“On behalf of CCE Genesee, I am extremely thankful and grateful for the persistent and timely support, and active intervention with the IRS in resolving the erroneous revocation of our tax-exempt status,” said Beverly Mancuso, executive director of CCE Genesee. “Attempts to resolve this were unsuccessful until I reached out to Congressman Collins’ office. I am extremely relieved to have this matter successfully addressed and behind us, hopefully once and for all. I cannot even imagine how much time and effort was required on the part of the Congressman’s office, but our association is more than thankful.”

“Unfortunately, the IRS is an example of big government bureaucracy at its worst, and I am grateful my office was able to help Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County get out of a mess it never should have been in,” Collins said. “Our office is always available to constituents and local agencies who are having a trouble navigating the federal government to get an answer or resolve a problem.”

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Photos: Annual spring gala at Cornell Cooperative Extension

It was a perfect morning for a plant sale at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on East Main Street, Batavia, with local master gardeners hosting the annual spring gala.

Alan Bieber and Heather Tower wait for a hot dog from Carol Schroeder.

Lucy Oltramari checks out a plant while her mother Laurie looks on.

Kara Tress shops for new plants.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Cornell extension board meeting, public invited

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 19. The meeting will be held at the Extension Center at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia and is open to the public.

Any questions should be directed to Samantha Stryker at 585-343-3040, ext. 123.

Future 2014 CCE Board of Director Meetings will be at the same place/time on Aug. 18 and Dec. 8.

Event Date and Time

May 19, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Growers gather in Batavia to learn about tunnel farming

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More than 50 vegetable farmers from throughout WNY were at the Cornell Extension in Batavia today for "Tunnel School."

Tunnels, also called hoop houses, are like greenhouses. They're large enclosed structures allow plants to be grown in-ground but protected from the elements.

"What we're trying to do is help vegetable farmers grow over a longer season," said Judson Reid, a senior extension associate. "We really trying to help farmers increase their profitability with some of the technology we're talking about here today."

Tunnels allow farmers to plant vegetables earlier in the spring and harvest later in the fall, and because the plants are irrigated and aren't hit with rain water, the vegetables often come out looking better, which makes them easier to sell.

Not just growing vegetables but topics such as pricing and marketing where discussed in some depth by the farmers.

"One of my co-presenters said earlier today that farming is about marketing, business and growing, in that order," Reid said. "It's really fun to talk about plants, growing, soils, but really, we can never neglect markets.We have to focus on our marketing ability to improve our profitability."

Paul Fenton, owner of Fenton Farms in Batavia, was among the local farmers at the workshop and he said he was getting a lot of good information from the presenters.

"We're here because we want to extend our growing season and improve quality," Fenton said.

He said he's planning on growing cherry and  grape tomatoes. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Finance Committee meeting, public welcome

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County Finance Committee Board of Directors will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Extension Center at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia and is open to the public. Any questions should be directed to Samantha Stryker at 343-3040, ext 123.

Event Date and Time

September 4, 2013 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Monday, October 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Cornell emplores farmers to get ready for 'Frankenstorm'

Press release to farmers regarding storm from Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Cornell Cooperative Extension urges all farmers to prepare ahead of time for power outages, structural or crop damage, insurance claims and damage that could accompany Hurricane Sandy, also dubbed “Frankenstorm” and the “Perfect Storm.”

The New York State Office of Emergency Management is already warning citizens of Sandy’s approach, and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets urges farmers to pay close attention to those warnings.

Long-range preparations can include purchasing or making rental agreements for special equipment, making adjustments to property and reviewing business arrangements. Short-range preparations should focus on immediate concerns such as turning off propane, moving livestock or equipment to safe places or updating phone numbers for emergency assistance.

Equipment needs may include a generator, fuel, a hand fuel pump, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, a flashlight and batteries, NOAA weather radio and batteries, stored water and feed for humans and livestock and a camera to document damage.

Photos of agricultural losses are very helpful to the USDA, especially with their livestock indemnity programs.

Tobacco farms or nursery operations with greenhouses, dairies, and hog and poultry operations are especially vulnerable if power remains out for a lengthy period. Those farmers may want to purchase a generator, and the sooner the better. Farmers who cannot purchase a generator should consider leasing or negotiating a rental arrangement for a back-up generator in advance. Be aware that some rental contracts are only for eight hours use per day.

Property preparations can include clearing debris from drainage ditches so water can run freely, checking power lines for clearance and pruning or removing trees that could fall on lines, surveying buildings for limbs or trees close to buildings and pounding in extra nails or tightening hurricane straps to prevent wind damage.

Other precautions include clearing away all debris that could blow in high winds, securing farm signs and photographing valuable items and storing the pictures off site.

Farmers and home owners alike should store all business records above flood level, which is generally at least two feet off the floor.

A final long-range preventive measure is reviewing business affairs, including insurance policies, debt level and finances. Farmers need to ensure they have adequate insurance coverage for homes, vehicles, farm buildings and structures, crops and flood damage.

Finally, farmers should develop an emergency plan for their families and their farm workers and should establish a meeting place where everyone can gather after a disaster. They also need to assign and prioritize preparation and recovery duties.

Short-range preparations are those things to do now, even though Sandy’s path is still somewhat uncertain.

These include:

  • Monitoring local weather reports for up-to-the-minute information on the storm.
  • Charging batteries on cell phones and cameras.
  • Determining check-in points for family members and workers.
  • Storing or securing items or equipment that may blow away or blow into structures, including lawn furniture and ornaments.
  • Checking generators to be sure they are in good working order and purchasing sufficient amounts of fuel to operate them.
  • Checking feed inventory and ordering extra if needed.
  • Moving poultry and livestock to higher ground if possible and sheltering them in securely battened barns, houses or tightly-fenced areas.
  • Planning for the possibility of evacuation and identifying horse facilities in nearby vicinities that are willing to take horses in an emergency.
  • Find out what their requirements are for vaccinations or tests such as the Coggins Test.
  • Have a system for permanently identifying each horse with its name, your name and a phone number.
  • Turning off the propane supply at tanks and securing tanks in the event of flooding to prevent them from floating away.
  • Moving equipment to the highest, open ground possible away from trees or buildings.
  • Pumping and storing adequate supplies of drinking water for humans and animals in the case of power outages. Recommendations are for a minimum 36-hour reserve.
  • Topping off all gas, propane and other fuel tanks, including the family vehicles.
  • Marking animals with an identifier so they can be returned to you if lost. This can include ear tags with name of farm and/or phone numbers, brands, paint markings on hooves or coat or clipped initials in the hair.
  • Moving feed to higher ground or to a more accessible place in case of flooding or transportation problems.
  • Checking the security of roofing materials, siding and windows and doors in barns and poultry houses to make sure they will not blow off or blow open in strong winds.
  • Coordinating with neighbors beforehand to discuss what resources can be shared in the event of power outages or flooding.
  • Making a list of important phone numbers ahead of time in order to make calls following a storm. Potential numbers to include are the local emergency management office, county extension agent, insurance agent, county Farm Service Agency and private veterinarian.

For local emergency offices, contact http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/contact

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension to hold annual meeting

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. The event will be held at City Slickers Bar & Grill (in the lower level lounge).

City Slickers is located at 59 Main St. in Batavia. Light refreshments will be served.

The business portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m .with election of officers, constitution amendments and recognition of staff and volunteers. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, to view the proposed constitution changes, or to RSVP contact Brandie at 343-3040, ext.101, or stop by the extension office at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Enjoying backyard birds in winter is focus of class

Feeding the birds is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby in the midst of chilly winter weather. Join our expert birding Master Gardener on Oct. 12 as she shares backyard feeding tips and shows you the birds that may visit your yard this winter.

The class will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Cost is $10 class and includes handouts, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. Pre-register for the classes by stopping by the Extension Center or by contacting Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101.

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