March 2021 | Vol. 13 Issue 3
Celebrating agriculture and nutrition!
Sign up today! CCE Steuben Speaker Series 2021

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

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!

Donate a book to a school for Ag Literacy Week
Agricultural Literacy Week is March 15-19, 2021. Agricultural Literacy Week has been celebrated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) for the past 17 years as a way to promote agricultural literacy and learning to students across New York State. Each year, with the help of county-based coordinators, thousands of volunteers visit schools to read an agriculture-themed book to elementary students. 

This year NYAITC and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County are excited to continue this state-wide event with some special events at local schools. Please visit this website for the latest details as we grow closer to the celebration week.

The dairy industry will be supported in 2021 as the book Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) by Viola Butler will be read to students. This is a unique tale of agriculture with vivid illustrations and an engaging storyline. The book will help students understand the importance of dairy in communities across New York and learn about the journey their food takes from farm to cone. With over 4,000 dairy farms and ranking fourth nationally as the largest producer of milk, dairy is vital to New York State. The dairy community in New York includes both large and small farms. It also boasts processing facilities of various types and sizes, from major global processing companies to small artisanal dairy product makers. NYAITC is proud to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York’s dairy industry while also focusing on processing and how consumers contribute to agriculture.

You can help by donating just $12 to purchase this book for one of our school libraries in Steuben County. Visit here to donate a book.

Agriculture News
Steuben County Crop Symposium
Tuesday, March 9
9:30 am - Noon
Join Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, and CCE Steuben Agriculture Educator, Ariel Kirk, for a virtual edition of this year’s pesticide recertification course in the Virtual Steuben County Crop Symposium 2021 to be held Tuesday March 9, 2021 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

The agenda will be:
  • 9:30 am: Registration to confirm pesticide license numbers for workshop certification
  • 10:00am: Worker Protection Standard, Christopher Wainwright, DEC Pesticide Control Specialist Updates regarding the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) created to protect employees in agribusiness fields, including farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses from work related exposure to agricultural pesticides.
  • 10 minute break
  • 11:00am: Identifying Pigweeds (Tricks of the Trade) and an Update of Herbicide Resistance Screening in New York, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, Assistant Professor of Weed Science Palmer amaranth is one of the most problematic weed species in the United States. Its biology and ability to become resistant to multiple classes of herbicides make this weed very difficult to control. We will discuss biology, identification methods, closely related species, and management tools for this newly found weed species in Southwest New York. In addition, we will discuss research being conducted at Cornell University on weeds like marestail and waterhemp.

Pre-registration is required! Registration fee is $15.00 Please register here or mail your check to CCE Steuben, 20 East Morris Street, Bath, NY 14810. Webinar link and call-in number will be shared the day prior to the presentation by the email you registered with.

DEC certificates will be given at the conclusion of the workshop: 1.0 DEC Credits in categories 1d, 22, 24, and 25 and 2.0 DEC Credits in categories 10, 1a, 21, and 23 have been approved for this workshop.

Forage Production Series
Starts March 2
This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. They will be held on March 2, 4, 9, 11, and 16. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

As a thank you for participating in our 2021 Forage Management Webinar Series, anyone who registers before February 24, 2021, will receive a registration packet. This packet will have handouts that will be used during the workshop, and a copy of the Forage Crop Pocket Guide- by The Fertilizer Institute.

The fifth and final session will have two, PA Department of Agriculture, core and two category credits for pesticide applicators*. To receive these credits, participants must fill out a Qualtrics survey and take a ten-question quiz. Credits for this program will only be available through April 30, 2021.

Online Grazing Program Focused on Dairy Herds Scheduled for March 2021
Cornell Cooperative Extension shares information on improving grazing for your dairy herd.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Regional Dairy Specialists, Alycia Drwencke and Betsy Hicks, would like to invite dairy producers, employees and agribusiness professionals across the state to join a series of 6 webinars focused on “Pasture Prep: Virtual Ruminations for your 2021 Grazing Program”. This virtual learning opportunity will be offered every Tuesday beginning at noon (EST) for 5 consecutive weeks March 2nd - 30th, 2021 with the 6th session occurring at 7pm on April 6th which will be formatted as a panel discussion.

Each week will have an hour long presentation or discussion followed by ample time for questions. One-time registration is required by visiting - this registration is good for the entire series. There is a $25 registration fee which will cover access to all webinars, presented materials, and recordings.

This virtual learning opportunity will be offered via ZOOM with engaging presentations and open discussion.

Pruning Your Home Orchard
Wednesday, March 10 6:30 p.m.
Roger Ort from CCE Schuyler County will present on pruning fruit trees. One of the prime reasons for annual pruning is to encourage lots of productive fruiting wood. How you prune your trees affects how they grow as well as how much they fruit.

Learn how to manage your home orchard to keep your trees producing. The fee for the class is $10.00 per email address.

This class will be held via Zoom, a link for the Zoom meeting will be sent to you via e-mail on the day of the event.

For more information contact: Dan Cargill at
To register and pay online please visit:
New podcast from the NYS IPM group
The first season includes eight episodes and we hope to record many more next year. The podcast’s full name is “Into the Weeds (New York State IPM)” and is available on most platforms, including Spotify or Google Podcasts.

Financial & Consumer Education News
March is National Credit Education Month
There is no better time to educate yourself and others on the importance of understanding the ins and outs of your credit score. Did you know that one in five Americans find errors on their credit reports and that more than 90% of home and auto insurers use credit ratings to decide who to cover and what premiums to charge? It’s for these reasons you should actively monitor your credit score as well as educate yourself on how to properly manage it

Wills versus Trusts
Thursday, March 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Estate planning today is more complicated than it has ever been. Often, mistakes in a plan are not discovered until someone has passed on. Unfortunately, then it is too late. Join us for an informational look at planning with Revocable Living Trusts in a free workshop called Wills versus Trusts.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County again partners with Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, to lead this workshop. He will present such information as:
  • How can a Revocable Living Trust based estate plan help protect you and secure your family's future?
  • Do you know the unknown truths about planning with a Revocable Living Trust?
  • Discover the 16 situations in which a Trust can have legal advantages over a Will.
  • Learn the truth about the hidden costs of a Will based estate plan that no one talks about.

The Financial World...Post COVID
March 18
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Join us for a webinar where we will bring perspective on current economic conditions as we prepare for the “post COVID era.”

Topics we will cover:
  • How tax and the economy interact with each other
  • The U.S. National Debt and its future impacts
  • Stock market trends and sector analysis

The webinar will be presented by Associate Advisor Shirley Nelson, CFP®, J.D and Securities Research Analyst Mark Abdalla, MBA, of John G. Ullman & Associates, Inc. where they will connect these macro-economic issues with individual planning considerations. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to ask live questions with the presenters for an open discussion. 

What to do if your loved one is in a nursing home
March 23
6:00-8:00 p.m.
This workshop will be presented by Patrick J. Roth, Esq. CPA and help you:

  • Explore options on how to pay for long term care
  • Learn Medicaid eligibility rules for single individuals and married couples
  • Discover what the Medicaid Application Process is really like
  • Find out planning options available to protect your hard earned assets even if you didn’t start five years prior
  • Learn other important information you should know about long term care

Two great financial aids we are offering you
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering a couple ways to get your finances in control for the new year.

  • The first is a 12-month self-paced online series of classes about personal finance called Follow the Roadmap to Financial Success. The series will be a year-long training with each month's information to be released online on the 15th of the month. You can choose one, two, or all of the classes depending on which topics are important to your financial success. These classes are typically offered at $50 per session, but CCE Steuben is pleased to be able to offer them at only $15 per class (or at the discounted rate of $10 per class if you purchase all 12 sessions).

  • The second is new financial program that can lend a helping hand with your financial challenges - trained Master Money Mentors who are ready to work with you one-on-one either in person, via zoom, or by telephone. The program is free to the public and for persons at all income levels. Those who complete two sessions with a mentor will receive a $25 local gift card.
SNAP-Ed New York News
Join SNAP-Ed New York to learn about Eating Healthy on a Budget
Join SNAP -Ed New York for a free online workshop on how to Eat Healthy on a Budget. Adults will learn everyday tricks for saving time and money at the store and in the kitchen. Participants will get a free prize! Join SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator Kelsey Monks on March 9 from 10:00 - 11:00 am or March 10 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Personalize your plate for National Nutrition Month!

Every March is National Nutrition Month. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging Americans everywhere to Personalize Your Plate. As individuals, we have personal preferences in style, hobbies, traditions, and especially, food! Healthy eating doesn’t mean leaving those favorites behind. Celebrate your unique eating habits by making healthy swaps to your individualized routine.

Get what you need from the food you eat: Food is the best way to get all of the vitamins and minerals needed to support your immune system and prevent disease. Look for these nutrients to keep your immune system strong:

  • Beta Carotene: carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, mango
  • Vitamin C: citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers
  • Zinc: beans, nuts, seeds, beef, seafood
  • Probiotics: yogurt, some cottage cheese (check the label for live and active cultures), fermented items such as kimchi and kombucha

Eat right at every stage of life: As we grow, it’s important to be mindful of our changing nutritional needs. Read the advice below for tricks to stay healthy throughout your lifespan:
  • Teens to 20’s: Eat and drink foods that are high in calcium to build bone density, like low-fat milk and cheese.
  • 20’s to 40s: Eat nutritious foods within the MyPlate Food Groups to prevent chronic disease. Focus on whole grains, beans, peas, and lentils to consume a diet that is high in fiber and folate.
  • 40’s to 50’s: Stay active regularly and limit foods that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium to maintain a healthy weight.
  • 60’s and Up: Keep your bone strength up by incorporating muscle-building exercises and eating protein-rich foods. Vary your protein and opt for lean choices such as eggs, beans, seafood, and chicken.

Incorporate individual touches into healthy standards: Food is a language that can bring people together! Maximize the joy of eating while making small, health promoting substitutions to your favorite dishes.
  • Swap the salt: use dried herbs and spices in place of salt to create flavorful and heart healthy dishes.
  • Go meatless: choose beans or lentils to lower cholesterol in your diet.
  • Cut the fat: limit saturated fat by cooking with vegetable or canola oil instead of butter. 
  • Up your whole grains: substitute wild rice or barley for white rice to pump up the fiber on your plate. 

Looking to Personalize Your Plate this month? Try these healthy takes on cultural classics!

For more information on National Nutrition Month, check out

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
Smart Snacking Tips for Adults and Teens from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Snack only when you are hungry.
  • Plan snacks ahead of time.
  • Keep snacks simple by choosing a variety of vegetables and fruits based on what you love, what is on sale and what is in season.
  • Snack ideas to try:
  • A smoothie made from fat-free milk and frozen fruit.
  • A sliced apple with 1 tablespoon of peanut, sunflower or other nut butter.
  • A whole wheat pita cut into wedges and dipped into 2 tablespoons of hummus or bean dip.
  • Roast chickpeas and season with spices.
  • Air pop popcorn and season it with herbs you like.
  • Make a yogurt parfait with 6 ounces of fat-free or low-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup of fresh, frozen or canned fruit in its own juice and a sprinkle of your favorite cereal.
For more ideas how to Personalize Your Plate, visit
Focus on fruit. One of the key messages from MyPlate encourages Americans to choose fruit in all forms (fresh, frozen, canned and dried). Fruit is a great addition to any meal. Some other ideas to consider are adding fruit to green salads (apples, pears, grapes), to sandwiches (apples, pears, sliced strawberries) , to plain tap water to add flavor (lime, lemon, orange, strawberries, apple slices) and to hot or cold cereal. For more ideas for eating fruit each day, visit
4-H Youth Development News
Order your March 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.

February activities include:
  • Snow Volcano
  • Handsewn Winter Magnet
  • Feeding our Feathered Friends
  • Helping Hands
  • Creating Tasty Treats

The March kit registration deadline is March 12 with pick up on March 19.

Order these new kits by March 5th!
Now available: Monarch Butterfly & Milkweed Kits.

What do the kits include?
  • 16 piece wooden monarch puzzle (assembled is about 10.5" tall),
  • 2 Crayola markers to decorate with,
  • 1 instruction blueprint with educational elements and
  • a word puzzle,
  • 1 educational activity booklet with monarch and milkweed facts,
  • 1 milkweed seed packet with an instruction sheet,
  • 1 box that holds all items and can be colored and used as an artwork pedestal.

How much are the kits? The kits will cost enrolled Steuben 4-H member $25 each when you order through the Steuben County 4-H Program. Our cost for the kits are $35 each but with Tractor Supply Paper Clover Funds, we are able to cover $10 per kit! Non 4-H members can also order the kits through our office at a cost of $35 ($3 savings).

Ordering/Sign Up/Pick Up: Please reserve your kit ONLINE HERE BY March 5th, Pre-Pay ONLINE or Cash/check accepted upon pick up. Kits will arrive the 1st week in April (you will receive an email notification when they arrive), Pick Up Location: CCE Steuben 20 East Morris Street Bath, NY 14810

-The kits are locally made in Dundee, NY by IDEA Collective
-Questions? Contact Ainsley Owens @ 607-664-2571 or
Register soon for Virtual Dairy Discovery Program
The annual Dairy Discovery program provides New York youth with fun, science-oriented learning experiences on dairy production and management topics. This year, a virtual workshop is being offered each Thursday in March. Each workshop will include a short presentation from one a NY college agriculture program, a presentation on an area of dairy management, and an opportunity to meet youth from across the state through hands-on problem solving and small-group discussion.

The presentations are intended for youth 14-19 years of age as of January 1, 2021.
 There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Registration closes March 1.
4-H/DEC Pheasant Chick Project
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be distributing day-old pheasant chicks for rearing and release projects to 4-H Youth. All state pheasants are hatched and delivered from the DEC Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca. Parents, leaders, or other volunteers who are willing to oversee and assist youth with this project are expected to become familiar with the DEC's Cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program Guide and DVD. CCE-Steuben can provide you with these materials! 

Interested in participating? Questions? Contact Ainsley / 607-664-2571. Pheasant Chick Orders are due to Ainsley by Monday, March 15 
Hoard’s Dairyman Dairy Judging Contest (National & County)
The classes for the 91st annual Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest are available at The National Hoard’s Dairyman picture judging contest offers an interactive web-based portal containing all five classes, and allows you to submit your entries online and receive your scores by email at the completion of the contest! Entries are DUE ONLINE to Hoard’s Dairyman BY March 25, 2021 for the National Contest.
The Steuben County 4-H Program will also be offering the Dairy Judging Contest! 4-H members will be able to utilize the same classes as the National Hoard’s Dairyman Picture Judging Contest, but instead compete amongst other 4-H members in the county. How to participate? Keep a copy of your National entry & send to Ainsley BY March 25!
Contact Ainsley if you have ANY QUESTIONS or if you’d like any paper copies! 607-664-2571 /
Animal Crackers 2021: All Creatures Great and Small
The Cornell University Department of Animal Science is pleased to announce Animal Crackers 2021, "All Creatures Great and Small” will be taking place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the month of May. Species covered include equine, sheep, poultry, dairy, dog and cat, goat, swine, and rabbit and cavy. Registration closes March 31st. 

4-H Dog Obedience Classes
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County’s 4-H Program offers dog obedience classes for youth! Classes are being held at the Howard Community Building (Exit 35 off I-86, Hopkins Road) Howard, NY from 5:00-6:30 pm on March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th.

For more information please visit our website or contact Ainsley at or 607-664-2571.

Students who Plan an Ag-Related Future - deadline March 1st
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New York Farm Bureau is encouraging high school seniors who will continue their education to prepare for a career in some way connected to the diverse agricultural industry to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second, and $1,000 for third place. District winners will each receive $100 and a memento. County winners are recognized at the discretion of their County Farm Bureau.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to complete an application which is a fillable pdf available on the NYFB website, and submit a brief 300-500 word essay discussing an issue facing agriculture in their county, explaining how they think NYFB can support members who may deal with this issue. We suggest that they feel free to visit the NYFB website to learn more about Farm Bureau.

At the District level scoring will determine the County winners as well as the District winner. The judging event may necessitate a personal interview and essay presentation or may be based solely upon the application and attachments. The state winner selection will be made from District Winners based solely on the submitted applications; there will be no personal interviews. The application submission deadline is March 1, 2021. For scholarship information and the application visit or contact or 1-800-342- 4143. 

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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