April 2021 | Vol. 13 Issue 4
Join us as spring arrives!
Don't miss our second CCE Steuben Speaker Series of 2021

Wednesday April 7, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Online:

Ask Me Why I'm Pumped!

Dive into how heat pumps are an attractive alternative for your heating AND cooling needs and say goodbye to your old clunky heating system.

If you are saying…

  • My current heating system needs repairs or is dying
  • My heating costs are expensive with oil, propane, kerosene, or electric-resistance heating
  • My home uses plug-in electric heaters or my oven to keep me warm
  • My excitement to lower my carbon footprint is high
  • My family or staff members and customers have health needs that this would help
…then get pumped with us and find out what you can do today!


Our Presenter:
Erica Herman, Campaign Director of HeatSmart FLX South under Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, has been working with residents and energy efficiency since 2018. Prior, she monitored invasive plants in Cayuga Lake, and provided outdoor/environmental education for middle-schoolers with non-profit, Nature’s Classroom, in Connecticut. Not only is she excited to engage various age groups, but she enjoys energizing them too. See you soon!


Welcome to our newest SNAP-Ed Nutritionist
Katie Weigle just joined the CCE Steuben team this week. She is our newest SNAP-Ed New York nutritionist which now completes the team in the Steuben office. Katie holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Mansfield University, graduations that she is extremely proud of receiving while being a single mom and working two jobs.

Katie will be facilitating classes and activities and providing nutrition education to lower income individuals and families – promoting healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Previously she has served as a nutritionist at the Nutrition Clinic/Sol Stone Center in Elmira, a Food Service Manager for GST BOCES (Avoca/Bath/Hammondsport), and a server at TGIFridays.

“I think I am a good listener, very open minded, and empathetic. I am able to relate to different people on different levels,” she says. Her goals for this new position include continuing to make a difference in people’s lives and maybe getting her Registered Dietitian degree along the way.

Katie lives in Horseheads and has two daughters, two dogs and a cat. She enjoys movies, board games and reading.

You can reach Katie at knw38@cornell.edu or 607-664-2570.
Join our Team!
The South West New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Regional team is hiring a Dairy Management Specialist. The Dairy specialist will be working on programming related to heifer and calf management, cow comfort, improving efficiency, facilities, and herd health while working to identify the needs of the region. The position is posted at Cornell Careers. The posting will expire on Thursday, April 15th (or until the position is filled). Please share with your networks and potentially interested candidates.

The links to the posting are:

Applicants will submit their application materials via AJO (Academic Jobs Online). 
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Agriculture News
Pips to Peeps: Virtual Hatchery School
April 10, 17 & 24 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team is excited to announce “Pips to Peeps: Virtual Hatchery School”, a partnership between Amy Barkley, Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist, and Emily Shoop, Penn State Poultry Extension Specialist. Through the program, participants will learn how to develop a small-scale breeding and hatching program. This intensive school is made up of three lectures and corresponding virtual laboratories on topics including the basics of breeding flocks, incubation, and insight into hatch rates & resulting chick quality.

  • Basics of Breeding Flocks: Selecting birds for a breeding program, appropriate male: female ratios, biosecurity, NPIP, choosing sound eggs for incubation, egg storage, and culling eggs
  • Introduction to Incubation: Choosing the right incubator, how to set up an incubation room, incubator and egg management, hatchers and their management, biosecurity, cleaning and disinfection, preparing a brooder
  • Hatch Rates and Chick Quality: Differentiate good and poor chick quality and determine how breeder flock and hatchery management affect this. Learn the different reasons for “failure to hatch” and what hatchery residue can tell us about the incubation process.

Vegetable IPM: Gardening from the Ground Up!
NYSIPM Program's Annual Conference 2021

Join in with other garden lovers! Register today and share this invitation with your friends!

Two virtual half days: Tuesday, April 27, and Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Open to the public via Zoom; registration will be open soon. Registered participants will receive a flash-drive containing all resources mentioned during the conference upon completing an evaluation after the meeting.

2021 Finger Lakes Beverage Conference
April 14 & 15
12:00-6:00 p.m.
With the the end of the pandemic in sight, now is the time to prepare to hit the ground running for what promises be a busy summer in your breweries, wineries and tasting rooms. Reconnect with your NYS beverage industry colleagues and experts from across the country for two consecutive afternoons of virtual education, networking and fun!

Monday, April 5th is the deadline for Virtual Tasting with War Horse Brewing
Conference Dates: Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (includes Beer and Cider Tasting for those registered by April 5th)

Location: delivered via Zoom from a location of your choosing
Registration is required. Cost is $75.00 and includes link to all presentations and Tastings hosted by Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, War Horse Brewing Company.
For more information, and to register, go to: www.flxcraftbevcon.com.

Crocus Facts
It’s springtime and the early flowers are blossoming! Here are some fun facts about crocus plants:

  • Dutch crocus (Crocus vernus, or spring crocus) are native to the Alps and the Balkans.
  • Crocus grow from corms, which are enlarged stems planted underground that store energy, different from tubers or bulbs.
  • Saffron spice is harvested from crocus flowers, although a different species that blooms in the fall, Crocus savitus.
  • Spring crocus often emerge with flowers of purple, yellow, white, and lavender
Learning about all things maple
Those cold nights and warm days spell maple sugaring time! Check out the Cornell Maple Program website for interesting information on maple sugaring, maple research, and other interesting syrup information.
Useful Links
Financial & Consumer Education News
April is National Financial Literacy Month
April is National Financial Literacy Month. It’s an excellent opportunity to review and upgrade your financial smarts.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been earning your way for quite some time, it’s never too late to learn about saving and improving your financial outlook. Developing a budget and building financial knowledge is the foundation for a brighter future.

National Financial Literacy Month places the importance of learning about finances and the tools to learn about them right in the classroom, too. No matter the age of our children, putting the know-how and resources at their fingertips will give them the power to make smart decisions now and in the future.

Long Term Care Planning
Tuesday, April 13
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
It is an aging society, so there are some important facts everyone should know to begin planning for long term care for your loved ones. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County offers a free workshop, Long Term Care Planning, to help sort through the options.

The workshop will be led by Patrick J. Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning. He will explain what Medicare covers, veteran options, Medicaid eligibility for a nursing home, long term care insurances, and planning options for you and your family. The session will include:

  • Discover the four parts of Medicare and what is covered by each part.
  • Learn about financial benefits that you may be eligible for if you (or your spouse) are a veteran.
  • Discover the Medicaid eligibility rules surrounding long term care.
  • Learn how to plan for your future long term care costs.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. 

Who is Scamming You?
Wednesday, April 14
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Recognizing common signs of a scam could help you avoid falling for one. In this class Financial Educator Nancy Reigelsperger will cover:

  • Types of scams
  • How to recognize a scam
  • How to protect yourself against scams
  • What should you do if you’ve been the victim of a scam?


Medicaid and In Home Care Changes
Tuesday, April 27
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Time is running out. If you don’t act now, you could pay more for long term care...

Spend time with us to:

  • Discover how this new law may affect you or your loved one either now or in the near future
  • Learn what does this mean for you if you don’t act before October 1, 2020
  • Discover how this affects the application process for in-home care
  • Learn about the new the look-back and penalty period for in home care

This is a FREE Workshop led by Patrick J. Roth Esq. CPA


How To Avoid Becoming a Victim of Investment Fraud
  • Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. | Register

In this presentation, Cornell Law School students will discuss how the investing public can avoid falling victim to investment fraud. Topics covered include common investment scams and warning signs, how to investigate your financial advisor, and particular types of investments. The program, sponsored by the Cornell Law School Securities Law Clinic, covers these topics in a manner suitable for the general public – you don’t need to be a lawyer or have any specific investment background.
There will be an opportunity for Questions and Answers at the end of the program.  
April 10-17 is Money Smart Week
SNAP-Ed New York News
Join SNAP-Ed New York this month for Cultural Cook Alongs and Cooking Matters for Kids
SNAP-Ed New York Southern Finger Lakes Region has developed two new online classes to help the community learn healthy new cooking skills. The classes are free of charge. Email Kelsey to register.
Working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben, Schuyler and Yates Counties SNAP-Ed NY is presenting two Cultural Cook-Along classes. Savor the flavors of the world during this free online food demonstration full of tips to save money, make it healthy, and mix it up in the kitchen with simple, low-cost ingredients!

The Taste of Asia – Indonesia will feature the recipe Mo Indonesian Stir-Fry on the following dates:
  • April 5, 2021 | 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM
  • April 6, 2021 | 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM
  • April 7, 2021 | 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM

The Taste of Greece will feature the recipe Tabouli Bulgur Salad on the following dates:
  • April 12, 2021 | 3:30 PM- 4:30 PM
  • April 13, 2021 | 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM
  • April 14, 2021 | 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM

SNAP-Ed NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is presenting an online cooking class for youth called Cooking Matters for Chefs and Kids. Over Zoom, kids will learn tricks for healthy eating. Young chefs will practice basic kitchen skills.
 
·        On April 15 from 4:00 -5:30 p.m. they will whip up a nutritious breakfast! To cook alongside Chef Kelsey, join with the following ingredients: 3 green onions, 15.5 oz black beans, 1 bell pepper, 1 garlic clove, Black pepper, Canola oil, Cooking spray, 2 oz low-fat cheese, 4 whole wheat tortillas, 3 eggs, and Cumin.

·        On April 22 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. they will prepare a grab-and-go snack, Peanut Butter Balls. To cook alongside Chef Kelsey, join with the following ingredients: Peanut butter or sunflower butter, 15.5 oz can chickpeas, Honey, Vanilla extract, and Quick cooking oats.

Spring into Small Changes to Make a Big Difference!
Start by Rethinking Fats
One small change to improve your health is replacing foods high in saturated fat with foods higher in unsaturated fat. Saturated fat, which is often found in forms that are solid at room temperature, includes butter, milk fat, and fat inside or around meat.

Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, come from many different types of plants and fish, such as vegetable oils, peanuts, avocado, and salmon. Eating the right types of fats will keep your body healthy and keep your taste buds satisfied.

Check out these tips from MyPlate.gov to make smarter choices when choosing, using, and eating fats for good health:

  • Check the label first: Read the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. Choose products that are lower in saturated fat, since these types of fat are less healthy.
  • Eat foods with healthy fats: Eat nuts, seeds, and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and sardines. These foods, as well as vegetable oils like olive and canola, are good sources of unsaturated fat – a healthier fat option.
  • Limit saturated fat: Build meals around protein foods that are naturally low in saturated fat such as beans, peas, and lentils, as well as soy foods, skinless chicken, seafood, and lean meats.
  • Skimp on "solid fats": "Solid fats" such as butter, shortening, and fat from meats are high in unhealthy saturated fats. Switch to olive or canola oil for cooking and trim the fat when possible.
  • Swap the spread: Switch from butter and cream cheese on your toast to a nut butter or a spread of avocado and a squeeze of lemon. These spreads contain healthier unsaturated fats.
  • Customize your order: Order baked or steamed options instead of fried foods, especially deep-fried. A dash of hot sauce or a spoonful of salsa adds flavor without adding fat.

Source: www.myplate.gov
Try one of these affordable and nutritious recipes, full of healthy fats!

Visit www.snapedny.org for more tips and resources to help you and your family save time, save money, and eat healthy!
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program News
It's National Garden Month
Benefits of Growing a Vegetable Garden
 
1. The freshest food possible
When you plant your own food, you know exactly what went into your process; the seed types you selected and any growing challenges encountered. Not only will you be able to harvest your produce at its peak, you can consume it at its freshest too as you’ve eliminated time produce spends traveling to the grocery store.
 
2. Physical activity
When you prepare, plant, weed, water, and harvest a garden, you also get sunshine, fresh air, and physical activity. The exercise can help you stay in shape, relax and reduce stress.
 
3. Family time
Gardening is an activity that kids of all ages can take part in. They can help with weeding, watering, planting, and even harvesting, depending on their ages. Gardening gets everyone together, active, and engaging with each other and nature.
 
4. Use your SNAP benefits
You can use your SNAP benefits (EBT card) to buy vegetable plants and seeds to start your home garden.
Tips for New Gardeners
· Start small – Gardening can be an investment. Start with container gardening if you want to give it a whirl. Tomatoes and peppers are good starters and are easy to eat.
· Soil – Use the right soil for the plant. Depending on the plant, you may need to check with the garden center to determine if you have the right soil to grow a particular plant or tree. 
· Potted Plants – Anything in a container, such as a clay, plastic or resin pot will require more watering than a plant that has been placed in the earth. Depending on the daily temperature, these plants will likely need to be watered at least twice a day. 
4-H Youth Development News
Order your April Boredom Buster Kits!
Steuben County’s 4-H Program is offering monthly Boredom Buster Kits that will include 5 different activities targeted for youth 8 - 12, but can be completed by youth of any age (5-18). Youth DO NOT need to be enrolled in 4-H to participate!

Instructions for activities are provided in the kits. Activities will involve STEM, Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living, and some general craft projects. Kit prices will vary - payment due at the time of registration. Order forms can be completed 1 per family. Kits will be available for pick up in Bath or other locations as needed. If you are unable to pick up in Bath, please indicate that on your registration.

April activities include:
  • Decoupage planter,
  • herb planting kit,
  • farm in a glove,
  • DIY kite and
  • recycled wreath!

The April kit registration deadline is April 9 with pick up on April 16.


Order your 2021 4-H Spring Garden Kits!
These kits will serve in lieu of the in-person Spring Garden Meeting for this year.

What do the kits include?
  1. A variety of seed packets
  2. General Gardening Information
  3. DIY Clay Seed Pods (Materials & Instructions)
  4. DIY Marble Wind Spinner (Materials & Instructions) 

How Much Are the Kits? Thanks to the support of the Tractor Supply Paper Clover Funds, we are able to provide the kits at no cost to Steuben County 4-H'ers! 

Please reserve your kit ONLINE by clicking here and filling out the form BY Monday, April 19th

Kits will be ready for pick up at the CCE Office on FRIDAY, APRIL 23rd
Questions? Contact Ainsley Owens @ 607-664-2571 or ar935@cornell.edu
Email Jenny or Anne to register.
Save the dates for the 2021 Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaigns
 


Spring - April 28 – May 10
Fall - October 6 – October 17
New York State 4-H Forestry Series
The Youth in Nature & Outdoor Education PWT are once again offering a virtual 3-part NYS 4-H Forestry series to replace the Forestry weekend. There will have two tracks, one for beginners (no matter their 4-H age) and one for youth who have more advanced skills (greater skill challenges).  
 
NEW THIS YEAR: An optional forestry participation kit (including compass, paper Biltmore stick template, tree cookie, and updated version of 4-H Members Guide to Know Your Trees, and a photocopied, copy of Know Your Trees) to be used with the program.

Steuben County 4-H will cover the cost for youth enrolled in the Steuben County 4-H Program.
 
Registration will be through each county office and must be completed by 4/19/21. Contact jmg422@cornell.edu for more information.
 
Date                        Time                                        Topic
May 5th                 6pm-7pm                              Basic Tree ID
May 5th                 7pm-8pm                          Advanced Tree ID
May 12th               6pm-7pm                            Map & Compass
May 12th               7pm-8pm                         Advanced Map & Compass
May 19th               6pm-7pm                    Tree Measurements and Plot Evaluation
May 19th               7pm-8pm                       Advanced Tree Measurements

Scholarship applications to 4-H Camp are due by April 30th
4‑H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities in every state across the nation. 4‑H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. 4‑H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of STEM opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.

4-H camp provides a unique hand-on 4-H experience that has proven to grow life skills like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion through stages and developed through experiences, not instruction. The result? Kids who are empowered with the skills to lead for a lifetime.  

The Steuben County 4-H Program sponsors 4-H camp scholarships for Steuben County 4-H members who will be attending either Hidden Valley 4-H Camp in Watkins Glen at cceschuyler.org/hidden-valley-4-h-camp, 4-H Camp Bristol Hills, Canandaigua at www.4-Hcampbristolhills.org, or Camp Wyomoco, in Varyburg at wyomoco.cce.cornell.edu/ this summer. Please contact our office at 607-664-2300 for further information on 4-H Camp.

Shooting Sports classes
Upcoming classes include:

Air Pistol:
April 19,21,26,28
6p-730p Ages:
10-18 Fee $10

Rifle: 22 Rimfire:
May 17, 19,24,26
6p-730p Ages:
12-18 Fee: $10

FLX 4-H Learning Launchpad
Join us for virtual learning sessions on Facebook for a number of 4-H project opportunities.

Community News
The Dairy Festival is on
We are optimistically planning to hold the 2021 Steuben County Dairy Festival on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

The parade theme will be Dairyland Mas(k)querade.
The photo contest theme will be "Steuben County Waterways" (ponds, lakes, streams, creeks, rivers and waterfalls)

Stay tuned for details.
From the Steuben Council on Addictions
Thank you to our sponsors
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