January 2023 | Vol. 15 Issue 1
Agriculture News
Agricultural Literacy Week
March 20-24, 2023
In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to elementary students, with a focus on second grade classrooms. Farmers, FFA and 4-H members, adults engaged in a career in agriculture, and engaged in our food system, volunteer to enthusiastically engage students in a paired hands-on activity related to the book to extend learning. "Tomatoes for Neela" was selected for 2023 and this book will be paired with a hands-on activity, Planting Tomatoes! If a school chooses to participate, the hands-on activity will allow the students to grow tomato plants, collect their own produce, and cook the recipes in the book!

Would you consider funding the purchase of one or more books for schools throughout Steuben County?
The books are $12 each and will be donated to the school library after being read. For each book purchased, a classroom set of planting materials will be provided for 30 students.  
Your support will help foster a love of reading while building knowledge of agriculture and what better way than learning to grow food!
Donors will be recognized on a special bookplate. You may choose to have your donated book sent to a specific school, or to read it yourself to your local school! Please contact us if you would like to volunteer to read a book!
Click the link below for more details and to donate!
Questions? Contact CCE Steuben, 607-664-2300

2023 Educational Schools For
Garden Centers, Greenhouses & Growers
January 18, 2023
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Steuben County CCE is participating in the Virtual morning program series for the 2023 Educational Schools for Garden Centers, Greenhouses, and Growers. Zoom links will be provided upon registration.

Registration for the morning series is $50.00 per registrant. The deadline for registration is January 15, 2023. Please register using this link

Multiple presentations in 2023 Educational School offer 0.75 CEC, each. If you will be applying for NYSDEC Pesticide Recertification Credits from these classes, please provide your applicator license number.
Save the Date:
2023 Virtual NOFA-NY Winter Conference
Online: February 2 – 5, 2023
NOFA-NY is excited to partner with the Northeast Community Seed Conference & Celebration in hosting our 41st Annual Winter Conference which will offer 70+ workshops and events.
Suggested registration for non-members- $125
Suggested registration for NOFA-NY members- $100
Reduced Registration Rate for anyone who needs it- $50
We continue to host the conference online because we are able to offer lower ticket prices than we could in person, and the virtual platform broadens access by eliminating hotel and travel costs, offering on-demand workshop recordings, more dynamic interpretation services, closed captioning, and more.
All of that said, we understand that communities need to meet in person, and we miss seeing you too.
We do plan to host at least four regional events in the spring and summer of 2023 so if you aren’t able to join us for the Virtual Winter Conference, we hope to see you then!

What's Bugging You?

Join Live, on the first Friday of every month from Noon to 12:30 EST on Zoom.

Each month, experts will share practical information and answer questions on using integrated pest management (IPM) to avoid pest problems and promote a healthy environment where you live, work, learn and play. We’ll end with an IPM Minute, and cover a specific action you can take in the next few days to help you avoid pest problems.

2023 Schedule
  • January 6: Lawn alternatives | 2022 Year in Review
  • February 3: Indoor cockroaches | Pet flea/tick treatments
  • March 3: Carpenter ants | Carpenter bees
  • April 7: Avoiding wildlife at home | Slug/snail management
  • May 5: Spotted lanternfly update | Stinging insect ID
  • June 2: Common garden insects | Poison ivy management
  • July 7: Pest of home berry plants | Spiders in the home
  • August 4: Groundhog management | Bat exclusion
  • September 1: Right plant, right place | Transplanting trees/shrubs
  • October 6: Jumping worms | Roof gutter pests
  • November 3: Winter Garden prep | Tick check reminder
  • December 1: Houseplant IPM | Firewood pests

Register for 2023 Events Here. Watch the past Event presentations Here.
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Happy New Year!
It’s the start of 2023, the time for making New Year’s resolutions. Thinking about improving your health this year? Let’s set positive goals that are good for your physical and mental health. Here are some tips to reach those goals in a smart and effective way!

Start with small changes
Instead of a diet overhaul, make small changes to what you eat and drink that will work for you now and in the future.

Take one day at a time
Sometimes things don’t go as planned, even with the best of intentions. If you miss one day or one milestone for your goal, don’t give up!

Be active your way
Pick activities you enjoy! If you focus on having fun or learning a new skill that interests you, you will be more likely to stick with it.

Team up
Find a friend with similar goals—swap healthy recipes and be active together. Staying on track is easier with support and a cheerleader.

Celebrate successes
Think of each change as a “win” as you build positive habits and find ways to reach your goals. Reward yourself—you’ve earned it!
Here are some quick and easy recipes to start your year off with!

Visit for more tips and resources to help you and your family save time, save money, and eat healthy!

Visit 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
4-H Youth Development News
4-H Poultry Workshops
For youth 8 and up!

Registration Due: January 13th @ Noon
February 10th @ noon
Event Date: January 15th - Housing & Breed Selection
February 12th Nutrition & Feeding

Location: CCE Steuben - 20 East Morris St, Bath, NY
4-H Poultry Classes for youth interested in learning more about raising poultry and/or are interested in competing at the NYS Fair 4-H Poultry Knowledge Contest(s). We have separate times for different knowledge levels. The first hour (2-3pm) each date is for our beginner who are just starting, or in their first or second year of raising poultry. The second hour (3:30 - 4:30pm) is for our intermediate and advanced youth who have a good grasp on the basics of raising poultry but want to learn more in-depth information and potentially compete at the New York State 4-H Poultry Knowledge Contest and National Contest in Louisville, Kentucky!
January 15th Housing & Breed Selection 2pm – 3pm beginners; 3:30pm – 4:30pm intermediate/advanced

February 12th Nutrition and Feeding 2pm - 3pm beginners; 3:30pm – 4:30pm intermediate/advanced.
4-H Dog Obedience Classes

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County’s 4-H Program offers dog obedience classes for youth!

1.Fill out form completely 4-H Dog Policy
2.A copy of the CURRENT Rabies Vaccination Certificate
*Per NYS 4-H Dog Policy “Dogs that exhibit aggressive, and/or unsocial, and/or problem behavior, that cannot be controlled by their handler, are a serious safety issue. Leaders and Superintendents have the immediate authority to excuse or place restrictions on such dog’s participation in 4-H activities…”*
Classes: Tuesday  Nights 5pm -6pm @ the Howard Building

Contact Michelle with any questions or to register!
FLX 4-H Learning Launchpad
Join us for virtual learning sessions on Facebook for a number of 4-H project opportunities.

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