August 2021 | Vol. 13 Issue 8
4-Hers ages 8-19 who participate in the county fair are provided opportunities to display what they have learned, enhance individual learning and skill development, receive recognition, learn & recognize standards of quality, learn & apply research-based subject matter, and promote public awareness of the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Save the date for our fun Annual Dinner Meeting event!
We will be putting knowledge to work (and play!)
on Friday, November 12, 2021
This fundraiser benefits our four program areas in Steuben County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County's Annual Meeting will be in person this year and feature both a speaker and TRIVIA! The new Barrelhouse 6 Distillery will be hosting our event at their location at 9558 Middle Road, Hammondsport. Owner and Head Distiller Kara Mackey will be talking about the challenges of procuring heirloom/organic/native grown raw materials. Dinner will be provided by Timber Stone Grill. And then Bob Smith of Bulldog Sounds DJ Services will lead our trivia competition.

We welcome teams of up to 6 persons to join in the fun! Or just come and join others to make up a team. Tickets for the dinner and trivia are $50 per person. You can purchase your tickets at http://bit.ly/ccedinner21 or call 607-664-2300 to reserve your space.

More details coming this fall!
Visit CCE Steuben at the County Fair!
The 2021 Steuben County Fair is back in person this year. The Fair will be held August 17-22 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath. Come visit our booth towards the back of the 4-H Building and check out all the wonderful programming we offer our community.

We also offer some great information for our agriculture community in the Agriculture Building in the middle of the fairgrounds.
Free Container Gardening Kits at our office
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County and our regional CCE Extension offices are once again sharing our gardening skills and nutrition knowledge with our entire community. With the help of NYS Ag and Markets, we have made a do-it-yourself gardening kit, complete with everything needed to grow tasty and healthy lettuce and herbs indoors.

Come learn how easy it is to plant your own basil, lettuce and onion - even if you do not have space for a regular garden.

These kits are now available at no cost to you by stopping at the CCE Office at 20 East Morris Street in Bath. We have put together instructions in the kit, and plenty of additional resources, including recipes from our SNAP-Ed New York team, on our website: http://putknowledgetowork.org/gardening/container-gardening.

The CCE Steuben staff enjoyed some great team building time putting these 200 kits together for you!
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Agriculture News
Upcoming Food Preservation Classes

Pressure Canning Vegetables, Meats & Soups:
Thursday, August 5, 6:00-8:30, via Zoom by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Learn the procedures for safely canning low-acid foods, such as vegetables, meats, and soups in a pressure canner. Includes a demonstration of canning green beans. Also, learn about the different types of pressure canners. This class is free. Please register for Zoom class here. Or contact Diane Whitten, dwhitten@cornell.edu, 518-885-8995.

Canning Salsa & Tomatoes:
Tuesday, August 17, 6:00-8:30, via Zoom by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Learn how to can whole and diced tomatoes, plus make salsa. This class will cover the basics of canning in a boiling water bath or steam canner, including equipment needed. Includes a demonstration. This class is free. Please register for Zoom class here.
Or contact Diane Whitten, dwhitten@cornell.edu, 518-885-8995. 
Soil Health Field Day
The American Farmland Trust has invited a panel of farmers and experts to share information on practical, field-tested results of advanced soil regenerative practices targeted to dairy, field and specialty crop farmers at the Mulligan Farm in Avon NY. The event is free and includes lunch, but requires preregistration.

Farmers, Farmland Owners, Conservation Agency Personnel, Ag Consultants, and other interested people in western New York can register at www.farmland.org/WNYFieldDay or contact Aaron Ristow at American Farmland Trust, aristow@farmland.org(315)748-5029. There is no cost to attend, and refreshments and education materials will be provided.
Empire Farm Days
Aug. 3-5
This Aug. 3 – 5, Empire Farm Days is back at a new/old location in Pompey, NY (near Syracuse). Bruce Button, general manager and vice president of Lee Newspapers and Trade Shows, presented this history of the summer celebration:

“The Empire State Potato Growers held their first agricultural show in 1931. Over the years, the event became Empire Farm Days. The event is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S., showcasing all the latest tractors, farm implements and dairy industry innovations alongside working demonstrations, live animal seminars and more than 600 exhibits loaded with the latest agricultural information for successful farming.”

Palladino & Carley Farms LLC have created a successful livestock/crop growing partnership in Central New York over the years. Now, Palladino Farms is excited to announce another promising partnership – hosting Empire Farm Days again, after a 34-year hiatus.

DEC SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR 2021 SUMMER WILD TURKEY SURVEY
Citizen Scientists Help DEC Monitor Turkey Population
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to take part in the State's annual survey of wild turkeys.

"As New Yorkers continue to get outside this summer and reconnect with nature, we ask that they keep an eye out for the State’s most popular game bird, the wild turkey,” Commissioner Seggos said. "Reporting the turkeys you see this August helps DEC monitor the turkey population and contributes to our ongoing scientific efforts to survey this species.”
Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during breeding and brood-rearing seasons can significantly impact nest success, and hen and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can click the “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Online report” on the DEC’s website.

Additional information is available on the following DEC websites: Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey and Citizen Science Initiatives.

To improve public safety and encourage visitors to State-owned lands to practice responsible recreation, this spring DEC launched the 'Love Our New York Lands' campaign. The campaign is responsive to the steady increase in the number of visitors to state lands, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the decade prior, as more and more New Yorkers and visitors from other states and countries discovered the natural beauty of New York State lands. For details and more information, visit the Love Our New York Lands webpage.

A Message from USDA to Gardeners in New York State
Save Your Boxwoods: Check Them for the Box Tree Moth!
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to a significant plant health threat and needs your help. Please check your boxwood plants for the invasive and destructive box tree moth. During the spring, a number of U.S. nurseries received potentially infested Canadian boxwood plants. This invasive pest feeds on the plants’ leaves, and can cause complete defoliation, eventually killing the plant.
 
Many New York residents have already purchased and planted these boxwoods. If you bought one, you may have infested boxwood on your property. USDA wants to prevent the box tree moth from spreading and establishing itself in the State and beyond.
 
Here’s how you can help:
 
If you bought a boxwood plant during spring 2021, please inspect it for signs of the moth and report any findings to your local USDA office or State agriculture department. If State or Federal agriculture officials visit your home, please allow them to inspect your boxwood trees and place an insect trap. Box tree moths can produce several generations between June and October, so acting now is essential to prevent this pest from establishing itself in New York State.
The New York State Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act will go into effect on January 1, 2022. An upcoming webinar on August 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. will discuss various ways farms can utilize the potential availability of food waste through animal feed, composting, anaerobic digestion and direct land application.

The webinar, hosted by PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University was created to share information about the opportunities and challenges of accepting food scraps on-farm. Experts with discuss various ways farms can utilize the potential availability of food waste. It will include an opportunity to hear from DEC, who will describe to Farmers the specifics of the NY law, and various experts on the use of food waste on-farm through animal feed, composting anaerobic digestion, or direct land application.

There is n cost to attend, but registration is required. For questions, contact Jennifer Bockhahn at jsb466@cornell.edu.

2021 Wool Pool in Morris, NY
The Southern Tier Sheep and Wool Growers annual Wool Pool will be Friday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Otsego County Fair Grounds, Morris, NY. Please make sure you are signed in before closing time.  

Producers will receive $.40 per pound for clean white wool. The wool will be separated into two categories: good clean wool and off-sorts/short wool. We will not be accepting naturally colored wool this year.

The Southern Tier Sheep & Wool Growers pool is a producer friendly pool. It is a place to see old and new friends and to network with other shepherds about rams, ewes, equipment and markets. 

When you shear or if you have already shorn try to keep your wool clean and dry. Store out of the sun and away from vegetable matter and polypropylene. 

If you have any questions or are looking for more information, please contact Sue Smith at (607)293-8810.
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Financial & Consumer Education News
Things Heating Up in Your Home? Tune In to Cool Down
Is your home, small business, or nonprofit heating up this summer? Would you like to increase your comfort with options that are cost-saving, convenient, and climate-change friendly? Tune in to HeatSmart FLX South’s upcoming webinar series on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and find out how.
 
The webinar series will be hosted on Zoom and can also be listened to by telephone.

  • 8/4 - Program and Financing Options for Small Businesses and Non-profits
  • 8/18 - 21st Century Heating and Cooling: Heat Pump Basics
  • 9/1 - To the Center of the Earth! … Well, Almost: A case study of a ground source heat pump
  • 9/15 - Heat Pump Water Heater Basics
 
Please register to receive the Zoom link, or call 607-535-7161 x3223. Please let us know about any accessibility needs at least one week prior, so we can try to accommodate.
 
Five Ways to Protect Your Assets from Long Term Care Expenses
Thursday, August 12, 2021,
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Southeast Steuben County Library
300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza

Long Term Care is expensive and it only gets more expensive each passing year. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County offers a free workshop, Five Ways to Protect Your Assets from Long Term Care Expenses, to help sort through the options.

The workshop will be led by Patrick J. Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning. In this presentation you will:
  • Find out how expensive long term care is,
  • Discover five ways you can protect assets from these costs (six if you are married,) and
  • Learn about lock-back and penalty periods

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call 607-664-2300 to reserve your space.
Five Ways to Avoid Probate
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Probate can be a long a difficult process when a loved one passes away. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County again partners with Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, to lead this workshop. He will help you:

  • Discover what Probate is
  • Learn what the Probate process entails
  • Find out why you may want to avoid probate, and
  • Learn the five different ways you can avoid Probate.

The workshop is free, but registration is required
Three things You Need to Know if You Have a Loved One in a Nursing Home

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Southeast Steuben
County Library
300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning

If you have a loved one in a nursing home (or about to enter one) there are many things you should know. In this presentation you will:

  • Learn how expensive long term care is and how to pay for it
  • Discover what the Medicaid Application process entails, and
  • Find out about last minute planning you should do.

This workshop will be presented by Patrick J Roth, Esq.CPA.

The event is free by registration is required. Please call 607-664-2300 to reserve your space.
Five Critical Estate Documents Workshop -online
Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Do you have the Five Critical Estate Planning Documents...and five more you may want to consider? Is your estate plan a comprehensive estate plan which includes all of the five critical documents? Do you know what could happen if you don’t have one or more of these documents in place?

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering a free workshop to answer your questions. Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, will lead both workshops and discuss such topics as:

  • What can happen if you never get around to completing your plan?
  • What do each of these documents do and what happens if you don’t have them.
  • Learn how to prevent disaster from striking you and your loved ones.

This workshop is free but registration is required.
Come meet Syble Solomon in person!
Southern Tier Women's Financial Conference is set for Oct 23 in person!
The 7th annual Southern Tier Women's Financial Conference is scheduled for October 23, 2021, and we are excited to announce that Syble Solomon will be our keynote speaker and appearing in person at our event!

Syble will be speaking on the topic of H.O.T. F.L.A.S.H. Aha! This isn’t what you are thinking….HOT FLASH can help you take control of your life today whatever your age! Forget about the guilt that your life isn’t in balance. Pay attention to these eight areas of life and all will work out! You can live your fullest life today and be prepared to have choices in the future. 

Syble Solomon has an eclectic background that has prepared her to look at life through many lenses. she developed Money Habitudes, a money personality profile to help people talk about money and understands what motivates their money behaviors. She has been quoted in over 100 publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Redbook and Morningstar, appeared on TV and radio shows has spoken internationally at women’s conferences, financial planner conferences as well as speaking to many different groups in the US from the NFL to national non-profit organizations—but her favorite audiences are conferences like this one for women who share her passion to take control of their lives and prepare for a future with options for themselves and their families.

Our 2021 event will be a hybrid event - both in person and online. It will be held at The Center on Park Avenue in Corning. We will have more information on our speakers and topics in next month's Money Moment (bit.ly/STWFCMoney Moments) or visit our Facebook Page for the latest details about how you can join other women as we learn how to improve our mind, body, and checkbook! 

The Southern Tier Women’s Financial Conference is coordinated by Amy Irvine CFP®, EA, MPAS℠, Rooted Planning Group; Nancy Williamson, CEO, ServU Credit Union; and Nancy Reigelsperger, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, Financial Educator. Stay up to date with future conference details here on our website page, on facebook at @SouthernTierWomensFinancialConference and on Instagram at @stwomensfinancialconference.

For more information on the conference call 607-664-2573.
Click on the above image to register for the conference!
SNAP-Ed New York News
Celebrate Family Meals Month this August!
August is Family Meals Month and whether you are a family of 4 or a household of friends, celebrate the month by enjoying nutritious meals together. Preparing and eating meals at home can save money, allow for more time together, and is usually healthier – and tastier! As the cooks, you have control over the ingredients you use and the portion sizes. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get kids involved in the kitchen!

Ready to kick start your celebration for Family Meals Month? Check out these tips for meal planning to save time, money, and stress:

  • Make a food budget. Determine how often you will shop (preferably no more than once a week) and check grocery store ads for sale items that you can use in your menus.
  • See what you have. Plan meals that use foods you already have. Look in your freezer, cabinets, and refrigerator, and be sure to check expiration dates.
  • Map out your meals. Write out the meals you plan to eat for the week and use it as a guide. Be sure to list beverages and snacks, too.
  • Find balance. Plan your meals so you eat from all five food groups—fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy products—every day. When planning, be aware of added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium by reading the Nutrition Facts label.
  • Think about schedules. Prepare meals and sides – including whole grains, vegetables, and beans – on the weekends when you may have more time. This will help during busy weekdays. Also be sure to note your family’s schedule – which meals and snacks will be prepared at home or eaten away from home – so you can be sure to buy the right amount of food.
  • Make a grocery list. Start by listing ingredients for the meals you plan to make and then cross off items you already have. Keeping the list in the kitchen or somewhere visible can help you remember to jot down staple items as you run out of them.
  • Love your leftovers. Prepare enough of a dish to eat multiple times during the week or freeze some to enjoy later. Making leftovers part of your plan can save you time and money.
  • Save your favorites. Write a list of the foods your family likes to eat and keep it taped inside the kitchen cabinet. When you try a new recipe that everyone likes, add it to the list!
August Recipes
Make meal planning even easier by adding some family-friendly recipes from SNAP-Ed New York!

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
Grow Your Meals with Fruits & Veggies
It's not too late to join our summer series!

  • Our first Bath series will be held Thursdays August 5, 12, 19 an 26 from either 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex, 20 East Morris Street, Bath, NY
  • Our Addison series will be held Wednesdays August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, and 15 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Addison Community Center, 13 Community Drive, Addison, NY.
  • Our second Bath series will be held Thursdays September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October 7 from either 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex, 20 East Morris Street, Bath, NY

During this series, sessions will be offered either in person or online. Come learn how to:
  • Utilize Farmer’s Markets & Food Pantries
  • Stretch Food Dollars
  • Prepare snacks and easy meals
  • Freezing and Preserving tips
  • In person families will receive a giveaway weekly
  • Families that complete 6 sessions in person will be eligible for gift drawing

To register or find out more information, call 607-664-2300.

Are You Eligible for EFNEP?
If you are a parent, or an adult caregiver (like grandparent, aunt, uncle, foster parent, or day-care provider) and receive any of the following:
 
  • Children attend Head Start
  • HEAP
  • SNAP to buy food
  • WIC
  • Free or reduced school meals (breakfast and lunch)
  • Medicaid
  • Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food from local food pantries (TEFAP)
Enjoy Vegetarian Meals
There is no better time of the year than summer to start including one weekly vegetarian meal. The freshest and most flavorful vegetables are available during the summer growing months and summer is a great time to try a vegetable that is new to you and your family.
 
Try these ideas for going vegetarian one day a week:
  • Have a cold pasta or grain salad and add lots of different vegetables you enjoy. All vegetables fit in cold salads and it is your choice to choose what you love.
  • Add lots of different vegetables to pizza in place of pepperoni or sausage. Again, add your favorites. All that matters is that you enjoy the vegetables you choose.
  • Include beans at lunch and/or dinner. Add beans to a pasta, grain or lettuce salad (think chick peas or kidney beans). Replace chicken or beef in a taco or burrito with refried beans or black beans you season yourself. Cumin, oregano and coriander are tasty additions to beans.
  • Choose vegetables as snacks and eat them plain, with low fat dip or hummus.
 
Lots of variety in local vegetables and fruits available this month at your local farmers’ market!
Look for these vegetables:
Lettuce, kale, collards, arugula
Yellow and green beans
Beets
Onions
Zucchini and yellow squash
Bell peppers
Broccoli and cabbage
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Potatoes
Basil, oregano, mint

Look for these fruits:
Apples
Peaches
Blueberries
Blackberries
Nectarines
Raspberries
Plums
Cantaloupe
Currants
Ground Cherries
Pears
 
4-H Youth Development News
Our 4-H'ers are getting ready for an in-person county fair this year!!!
The animals and exhibits start arriving on August 15th, so be sure to stop by during that week and watch what our kids have been working so hard on! The list of shows can be found here. Be sure to stop by the 4-H Building at the Washington Street end of the grandstand to see the youth exhibits with their ribbons. There will also be several contests such as Cake Decorating and Flower Arranging going on there. The kids missed all of this activity last year during the shut down, so come on out and support them!

The FFA/4-H Market Animal Sale is Saturday, August 21
The 49th Steuben County 4-H & FFA Market Animal Sale will take place on Saturday, August 21 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion (behind the Sheep & Swine Barn). The kids have raised turkeys, chickens, rabbits, steers, goats, lambs and hogs for sale. The sales often go to college funds or other such savings. Please come out and support our kids!

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

Community News
Strong Kids Safe Kids will be held Sept 18 in Bath
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