Agriculture & Natural Resources
VIDEO RELEASED: Marketing & Social Media Basics (Watch the video, learn more about the workshop, and download the presentations used on our Delaware Fresh page. Click to get started.)
Brief Overview: DELAWARE FRESH, funded by USDA Local Food Promotion Program Grant #14-LFPPX-NY-0129, researched interest among Delaware County, NY consumers for purchasing local farmers’ food products, and researched farmers’ needs for expanding their market outreach to local consumers, using Schoharie Fresh as a model. Two workshops were held in which farmers strongly supported opportunities to expand their market through a local foods retail outlet and explored how social media marketing can expand their market outreach to invisible consumers and current customers.
VIDEO RELEASED: Using Produce Washing Stations
A new video has been created to show you a set of standard operating procedures for using a germicidal bleach in a produce washing station. Learn what supplies are required and how to calculate the amount of germicidal bleach needed to sanitize the water. This video was developed by the Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York with support from the USDA and the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is looking for landowners to help with a large-scale study of wild turkey movements, survival, and harvest. In January, DEC began the final year of a four-year study in which wild turkey hens will be captured and fitted with leg bands. The objective of the banding study is to examine harvest rates, survival rates, and movements of hens. All work is done by DEC personnel on public and private lands from January through March.
DEC seeks landowners in DEC Regions 3 through 9 who would be interested in allowing birds to be trapped on their land, as well as alerting project coordinators when they see turkeys on their property. After turkeys are trapped and banded they will immediately be released at the same location Not all locations are suitable for deploying capture equipment, so landowners should contact their regional project coordinator to discuss the suitability of their property.
DEC would appreciate reports from landowners, hunters, bird watchers or others about winter turkey flock locations anywhere in NYS.
If you are interested, please contact Karl Parker, (518) 357-2154. For more information contact DEC at 518-402-8886 or email: email@example.com (subject line-"turkey study") HELP IN IDENTIFYING INVASIVE SPECIES
In recent years there has been an increase in awareness that introduced invasive species are having a significant impact on our economies, our environment, and our health. Many of the currently known invasive plants causing problems today were originally imported as ornamentals. Recent increases in global trade, including trade in ornamental plants, have created new opportunities for the spread of non-native species.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership to develop an early detection and rapid response system in the Catskill region. Research has shown that the best strategy to deal with invasive species is to identify and eradicate them before they become established. We urge people in our region to join us for this important task. The more eyes we have looking for these invaders, the better able we will be to deal with them quickly and effectively.Information and free identification services for potential early detection species is available at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County.
If you suspect you have found a new invasive species, on your property or anywhere in the region, please contact us at 607-865-6531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If e-mailing photos, close ups are helpful with white or neutral background.
Please be advised that Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Disaster Education Network has extensive resources available to help you address questions or concerns regarding water scarcity or potential drought.
These resources are available at - http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/disasters/Pages/Drought.aspx
PDF: Drought and the Risk of Nitrate Toxicity in Forages
FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION
PDF: Dealing With Flooded Berry Fields
PDF: Dealing with Flooded Vegetable Fields
LINK: New York Extension Disaster Education Network Website
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING AGRICULTURE
On any scale, from backyard gardening to large-scale dairy – you’ll find our expert staff to be a helpful and knowledgeable resource.
CCE services include:
- one-on-one consultations with our professional staff
- workshops on dairy production precision feed management, field crop management, farm financial planning, workforce training, pesticide applicator training, and more
- programs for alternative agriculture, horticulture, forestry, natural resources, and water quality
- opportunities to participate in demonstration and research projects