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Student Farmers: Pre-Register for NYS FFA Contests in Seneca Falls

July 9, 2018.  Students in grade 9-12 who wish to pre-register for the 2018 NYS FFA Welding Competition have until July 14 to do so by contact contest coordinators Johanna Bossard, 315-824-6386, jbossard@hamiltoncentral.org, or Professor Fred Bach, Morrisville State College, 315-684-6299, bachfw@morrisville.edu.

The competition will be held Thursday, August 9 at the 2018 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.  A list of equipment to bring will be provided. Active FFA students are scored for $2250 in scholarship funds from Morrisville State College.

Students ages 14 to 18 may pre-register through July 30 for the 2018 NYS FFA Tractor Driving Safety Contest at Empire Farm Days on Thursday, August 9. Contact Contest Coordinator Jon Clayson at JClayson@pioneercsd.org.  FFA members are judged in two age divisions; 4-H members who are not FFA members compete in a separate division. The winner of the Senior Division goes on to compete at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, in September.

Student may also register the day of the contest at the showgrounds. Learn more about the full range of activities, field equipment and crop demonstrations, live animal programs, exhibits, information available, and show hours at the 2018 Empire Farm Days event at www.empirefarmdays.com.


2018 Pultneyville Homecoming Schedule of Events

Curious about what the 2018 Pultneyville Homecoming has scheduled this year??!!
Below is the event schedule for the weekend of July 20 - 22, 2018.
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Pultneyville Homecoming 2018 Captain's & Sailor's Quilt Show

Dog Owners: Stay Smart about Algal Blooms in 2018

Photo courtesy of Maxine Appleby
NY, PA, Lake Champlain Sea Grant Programs, New York State Parks Providing Education to Pet Owners

New York Sea Grant is partnering with the Pennsylvania and Lake Champlain Sea Grant programs and New York State Parks to remind dog owners to enjoy the water this summer, but remember to stay smart, safe, and informed about algal blooms and their impact on people and pets.

“Harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs, are dense populations of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Not all blooms are harmful, but some algal blooms can produce toxins that affect the liver, nervous system, and skin of humans and their pets,” says Jesse Lepak, Ph.D., Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist with New York Sea Grant.

Dog deaths suspected as a result of harmful algal blooms prompted New York Sea Grant to develop a Dogs and HABs informational brochure in 2014. The brochure, updated in 2017, is downloadable from http://seagrant.sunysb.edu/articles/r/2748 with video clips.

In 2018, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation enters its second year of making the brochure available at information kiosks in parks across the state. 

Lake Champlain Sea Grant has adapted the brochure for use in Vermont.

Partners in the Pennsylvania Lake Erie HAB Task Force intend to use the brochure as part of ongoing outreach in northwest Pennsylvania. A Task Force member, the Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle, PA, will include the brochure as part of its new Mobile HAB Lab project.

Toxic HABs can develop in less than 24 hours, which can be faster than testing for toxins can be completed.

Noted algal bloom researcher Dr. Gregory L. Boyer, Ph.D, of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, comments, “While it is very difficult to prove that animals died from ingestion of blue-green algal toxins, pet owners can take steps to reduce their dogs’ exposure to those toxins. Be diligent about keeping animals out of the scums when algal blooms are present and not letting them eat beach wrack. If the dogs swim in water where blooms are visible, they should be thoroughly washed off immediately to prevent the ingestion of toxins from cleaning their fur.”

Dr. Karyn Bischoff , a toxicologist with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY, advises, “Prevention is the best protection for domestic animals. The most severe effects of HABs are from ingestion. The clinical signs depend on the toxins present in the HAB. Neurotoxins can cause immediate effects, including drooling, tremors, and seizures; hepatotoxins can destroy the liver. Both can be rapidly lethal. Animals that have been exposed should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. Time is of the essence in these cases.”

In addition to Boyer and Bischoff, those assisting New York Sea Grant with development of the Dogs and HABs brochure included the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, US Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA National Ocean Service, Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and Sea Grant Network colleagues.

In 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation listed more than 100 potentially harmful algal blooms in waters across the state. The number of HABs has been increasing such that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a $65 million initiative to combat HABs. To learn where suspected or confirmed HABs may be in NY waters: see the
 New York State DEC Harmful Algal Blooms Notification Page.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, and one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices in Buffalo, Newark, and Oswego, NY. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities, www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links. 


Laurel House 5K is Saturday, June 9th!

Apple & Grape Growers! USDA Will Offer Grafting Demos at 2018 Empire Farm Days

USDA ARS Apple, Grape and Tart Cherry
Repository Farm Manager Bill Srmack;
photo: USDA, Peggy Greb 
Seneca Falls, NY;  June 1, 2018.  USDA personnel with the Agricultural Research Service Plant Genetic Resources Unit, Geneva, NY, will be demonstrating apple and grape grafting techniques at the August 7-9, 2018 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, in Seneca Falls, NY. The demonstrations will take place daily at 11:00 am in the Cornell University building.

Grafting, the joining of two or more plants together to grow as a single plant, can improve apple and grape production. In their daily presentations at Empire Farm Days, the USDA staff will be talking about how the selection of rootstocks affects fruit quality and changes the shape and productivity of the upper section of the graft known as the scion, and how scion traits can be modified by using different rootstocks.

Grafting is the most efficient method to propagate apple varieties and manage tree size,” said USDA ARS Apple, Grape, and Tart Cherry Repository Farm Manager Bill Srmack.

The USDA ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit, located in Geneva, NY, acquires maintains, characterizes, and distributes plant genetic resources of selected fruit and vegetable crops to develop new hardy varieties that can stand up to pests, diseases and environmental stresses.

The 300-acre Empire Farm Days is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S. with more than 600 agricultural institutions, organizations and industry representatives with exhibits, information, demonstrations, educational seminars, live animals, and farm safety and rural life displays. Learn more at www.empirefarmdays.com or call 877-697-7837.


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