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New York Ag! Theme for NY Farm Bureau Center at Show

Seneca Falls, N.Y. ; May 16, 2019. The New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) Foundation for Agricultural Education and the NYFB State Promotion and Education Committee have announced plans for the Farm Bureau Family Education Center at the August 6-8, 2019 Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, N.Y. New York Ag! will be the theme of the education area that showcases the diversity of the farming industry in New York State.

"Every year we plan a full menu of agricultural education for visitors of all ages along with providing a place to relax. The tent will have a new look and updated exhibits and materials for the 2019 Farm Days," says NYFB Foundation for Agricultural Education Director Sandie Prokop.

Special Exhibit Features Food Waste Mitigation Partnership Program
A special exhibit in the tent will highlight the NYFB 2018 Promotion and Education Award-winning program created by the Dutchess/Putnam/Westchester Farm Bureau. The program partners farms with religious groups and others to mitigate food waste while feeding people in need.

Information about the 2019 Education Summit scheduled for November in Syracuse, N.Y., will be available in the tent. Prokop notes, "We are developing a hands-on learning experience that will provide the training and tools needed to tell the New York Ag! story."

NYFB Foundation major educational programming, including the Food and Farm Experience, the Meet Your Farmer video series, and the Ag Fact School Calendars that are distributed free of charge to thousands of third grade classes in New York State, will be featured at the exhibit in 2019.

Discover Agricultural Education Resources and Learning Opportunities
Nine pull-up banners showcasing New York livestock, commodities, and crops will be on display as part of the NYFB Foundation Lending Library for free use by groups throughout New York State.

Youth, young farmers and college students will find news and information on events, programs, and awards of particular interest to them. The 2019 NYFB Scholarship winners will be featured with details about how to apply by March for a 2020 scholarship.

Do you know all the benefits of being a NYFB member? Visit the Benefits area to learn more and see new membership solicitation tools that highlight an individual county's activities and offerings and how your voice can be heard.

The children will enjoy the Grain Box area with toy farm equipment, interactive games, puzzles, coloring, and straw bale seating. NYFB balloons will be available for all children visiting the tent. Popcorn and juice are free.

Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, N.Y., hosts the Empire Farm Days agricultural and rural living event. Learn more about exhibits, field crop and equipment demonstrations, seminars, speakers, activities, live animal exhibits, and show vendors at www.empirefarmdays.com or call 877-697-7837.


Shaman Drumming

May 16 – Shaman Drumming: on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 PM, Shaman Drumming at Books, ETC. Lynn Bourse and Kareen Stearns will lead participants in drumming and finding their animal guide. They also lead in a meditation. Come and enjoy this special “magic.” This group is free and open to the public at Books, ETC. 78 W. Main St., Macedon NY. For more information call John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.



May 16 - Abundance Theory: On Thursday, May 16 at 5:00 PM, Abundance Theory at Books, ETC. Participants study how to practice positive thinking. They learn how to develop life habits that encourage success. These habits include setting goals and learning to manifest. Come and see the possibilities. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For questions email books_etc@yahoo.com


Psychic Night at Books, ETC.

May 10 - Psychic Night: On Friday, May 10 at 6:30 PM, A Gathering of Spirits at books, ETC. Carol Cieslinski will be reading in an audience setting. Feel free to bring a trinket with you for Carol to read. It should have history to it and keep it concealed until asked to show. Beverages and appetizers provided. Admission is $30 per person at the door. This is for entertainment only. Silvery Moon Jewelry, one of the sponsors of the evening will also be showing their creative pieces. Seating is limited so please make a reservation by emailing books_etc@yahoo.com or by calling John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116. Books, ETC., 78 W. Main St., Macedon, NY.


Healthy Transitions at Books, ETC.

May 7 – Healthy Aging: On Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 PM, Healthy Aging Group at Books, ETC. Participants meet to discuss foods, health products and activities that promote staying young. The idea of the discussion is to encourage people to choose the best elements that will keep them healthy and happy. This program is free and open to the public. We w2Bljcill meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. If you have any questions, please respond by email books_etc@yahoo.com or phone John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116.


Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Guide Available

Oswego, N.Y., April 16, 2019.  An Erosion Management for New York’s Great Lakes Shorelines guide is now available from New York Sea Grant. The 16-page guide can be downloaded for free online at http://bit.ly/2IoF1F4 or requested from New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

“Erosion is a natural process and shorelines in the Great Lakes region are constantly changing shape. Developing an understanding of the natural processes at work and identifying the level of protection needed for specific sites are important considerations in planning a project,” says guide author Roy Widrig, a Coastal Hazards and Processes Specialist with New York Sea Grant, Oswego, N.Y.

Readers will learn about managing shoreline properties for better drainage and bluff stabilization, nature-based erosion management features such as coir logs and sills, and traditional hard or gray structures. The guide outlines the different types of each shoreline management option and discusses the design considerations, limitations, and effects on coastal processes and delicate coastal ecosystems.

A small rubble mound groin with vegetation
along Lake Ontario; photo: Roy Widrig, NYSG

Photos in the illustrated guide include shoreline management options seen along New York’s Great Lakes shoreline along Lake Ontario at:
       ·       Irondequoit Bay in Monroe County
       ·       Chimney Bluffs and Sodus Bay in Wayne County
       ·       Sterling in Cayuga County
       ·       Selkirk Shores State Park and Sandy Island Beach in  Oswego County; and at
       ·      Westcott Beach State Park and Chaumont Bay in Jefferson County.

To learn more about New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit www.nyseagrant.org.


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