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The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.

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 We will continue to serve as a fundamental catalyst for promoting quality of life in Delaware County by linking university-based research and innovative land-grant university programming with the talents, enthusiasm and goals of community groups, agencies, institutions, volunteers and our program staff through pro-active planning, focused programming and on-going partnering.


Our annual report is filled with snapshots of programs that show you an overview of the newest and most exciting programs. For greater details, feel free to browse the rest of our website or visit our Facebook pages. We want to thank the Extension staff, volunteers, program partners, the county board of supervisors, and members for helping to make a difference in the lives of people through Extension programs each year. 

Annual Report 2020


President : Donna Dickson-Noonan

Vice President: Abby Wilson, Delhi

Secretary: Jill Coleman, Delhi

Treasurer: Andrea Balcom, Andes

Supervisor Representatives:  Wayland Gladstone, Andes; Dennis Valente, Davenport Center

Cornell Representative: Danielle Hautaniemi

Members:   Dean Darling, Stamford;  Jennifer Gerster, Davenport Center;  Robert Hansen, Sidney; Carol Ann Michalski, Walton;  Carolyn Scobie, DeLancey;  Betty Scott, Unadilla; Kathleen Cuomo, Walton; Paul Crognale, Unadilla: Chrissy Evans, Walton


Agriculture Program Committee:

Chairperson: Fred Kuhn, Grand Gorge

Vice Chairperson: Jason Mondore, DeLancey

Dick Latourette, Sidney Center

Brad Taggert, Sidney Center

Carolyn Scobie, DeLancey

Paul Crognale, Unadilla

Vanessa Merrill, Walton

Janet Beken Smith, Stamford Advisor

Dr. Chris Camann, Unadilla, Advisor

Human Ecology Program Committee:

Chairperson: Donna Dickson-Noonan, Bovina Center

Vice Chairperson: Paul DeAndrea, Franklin

Secretary: Karen Ogborn, Hobart

Joan Hale, Sidney

Kathi Herzog, Hancock

Paula Brown, Downsville

Carol Ann Michalski, Walton

4-H Youth Development Program Committee:

Chairperson: Donna Machala, Oneonta

Vice Chairperson:   Jill Coleman, Delhi

Secretary: Megan Eklund, Stamford

Morgan George, Sidney Center

Christine Evans, Walton

Amanda Madugno, Deposit

Stacy Palmatier, Hobart

George Machala, Teen Advisor

Jessica Coleman, Teen Advisor

Equity and Justice Statement


Cornell Cooperative Extension is a respected and trusted leader in linking university research and experiential learning to the problems and issues facing a diverse society.  Drawing on public and private resources, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County (CCEDC) provides innovative, flexible, and participant-driven programs that promote new ways of learning, thinking, and acting.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County through Ag & Natural Resources, Family and Nutrition, Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, 4-H Camp Shankitunk, and Rural Healthcare Alliance programs enhance the quality of life by promoting individual growth, strengthening families, improving the economic well-being of businesses, enhancing the environment, and building stronger communities.  Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCEDC) is committed to partnerships among county, state, and federal governments; faculty, staff, administrators and volunteers; and public and private entities.  The strength and durability of these partnerships depend on shared concerns, shared responsibility, shared authority, shared costs and shared recognition.  Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCEDC) is committed to pluralism because differences enrich people and programs.  Extension (CCEDC) values and pursues diversity in staff, volunteers, and program participants. 

We recognize that there are historical and present-day injustices that have made access to capital, land, education and supportive networks more challenging for people of color, indigenous people, women, people who are economically disadvantaged, and immigrants.

We also recognize that our affiliation to a well-known academic institution provides privilege and access to resources including funding, land, and infrastructure. We commit to ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, that our time, energy, and financial resources are committed equitably to all people. We will continue to be actively engaged and involved in relationship building, collaboration, and support of efforts to build a diverse, equitable and just society.

The staff of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County commits to the following actions:

  • Support people of different backgrounds, races, ethnicity, gender identities, nations of origin, ability and economic class.

  • Examine our own roles in, and understanding of systemic challenges locally and nationally to support all people and provide programs that are accessible to all people. Offer in person, on line and virtual educational resources to all people.

  • Support project partners and staff to offer programs and develop relationships with diverse audiences.

  • Engage in diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism training and networks.

  • Commit to improving the inclusiveness of our work through ongoing reflection, discussion and actions.

  • Tell stories of diverse people in our outreach (e.g. website, social media, Extension Connection).

  • Empower people to move into management and ownership positions through targeted training.

  • Cultivate inclusive dialogue to elevate all voices.

  • Offer print and web resources in multiple languages, literacy levels, and strive to enhance accessibility.

  • Promote tools, strategies and adaptive/assistive technologies that support access to opportunities for all.

  • Act as a leader in modeling how to provide equitable and just support to all people.


Effective January 2018


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