June 2023 | Vol. 15 Issue 6
Haverling Street Community Park
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County’s very own Susan Walker, Agriculture Educator, has been hard at work creating the Food Forest Garden out at the Haverling Street Community Park. Susan has spent countless hours bringing to life this one of a kind garden for many of us to enjoy.

A Food Forest Garden is a planting method that takes advantage of beneficial relationships between plants, resulting in a beautiful, highly productive garden that doesn’t require a lot of space and is a virtually self-sustaining ecosystem.

While the garden is still a work in progress you can already see the beauty coming to life. Many flowers and plants have been planted, an insect house is in place and waiting for its new insect families to move in. More plants, rocks and even a bird house are still in the works along with the completion of the sign.

Thank you Susan for your hard work and dedication to getting the Food Forest Garden up and growing. We look forward to watching it bloom.

Keep an eye out for more updates on the Food Forest Garden and if you happen to be out and about in the area stop over and take a look at all the happenings going on at the community park.
Master Money Mentor Testimonial
“The financial coaching sessions were extremely helpful. I could not have moved forward without the assistance I was given. It has been beneficial to be able to have someone to follow up with”.  

CCE Steuben offers the Master Money Mentors to any and all Steuben County residents! Maybe you've tried everything, but still can't pay your bills on time, or maybe you've experienced a job loss, illness, or divorce. Maybe you feel like your life is spinning out of control from overuse of credit. Whatever the reason for your financial concerns, it might be time to speak to a Master Money Mentor. The Master Money Mentor will work with you to help achieve your goals and create a personalized budget and money-saving tips based on your needs. It's not easy to take the step and talk to someone about your finances but know that your information is secure and confidential. Contact Nancy Reigelsperger, CCE Financial & Consumer Educator to get set up with an MMM at 607-664-2573 or 607-664-2300.
Spring into Gardening with Growing Your Own Herbs and Reaping the Benefits!
Gardening can be a great way to grow your own food while also being active. And did you know? SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food-producing seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This is a sustainable and cost-saving option that can produce fresh, homegrown food to supplement items purchased at a grocery store or other retailer.
Growing your own herbs can be a great way to have fresh herbs on hand and at a low cost. Herbs are also a nice “starter” for those new to gardening, including kids, as they are one of the easiest plants to grow and they thrive in containers.
Spring is the perfect time to start your herb plants – and to start reaping the benefits:
  •  Use herbs in recipes instead of salt. The relationship between sodium intake and blood pressure is well-documented. Evidence has shown that limiting sodium intake provides benefits and may reduce one’s risk for heart disease and hypertension. An easy way to start reducing your sodium intake? Using fresh herbs to flavor your recipes instead of salt!
  • Keep it going year-round. There are many herbs that can be easily grown and maintained indoors, such as basil, mint, chives, and thyme. With enough sun and proper drainage, you can have fresh herbs available through all seasons.
  • Reduce waste – and trips to the grocery store. Many recipes that use fresh herbs only call for a small quantity. By having your own fresh herbs available, you can reduce waste by only taking the amount you need. Or, if you have more available than you can use, consider freezing in ice cube trays, plastic bags, or even pureed!
  • Jazz up your drink! Perk up your plain water or seltzer water with fresh herbs and fruit. Some favorite herbs to add to water are mint, basil, and rosemary.
Once you’ve got your fresh herbs, kick up the flavor of your meals with some of these SNAP-Ed New York favorites:

Sources: MyPlate.gov, onieproject.org, snaped.fns.usda.gov 
We're Hiring
The SNAP-Ed Regional Supervisor is responsible for providing in-depth leadership for the assessment, development, planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the Southern Finger Lakes (SFL) Region SNAP-Ed program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County. The individual will represent Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County before the public, community leaders, government officials, grant funders and Cornell University in conjunction with program area responsibilities. The Issue Leader is responsible for the effective management of resources available to the program and for assuring accountability and affirmative action requirements are met as part of Association and grant requirements. S/he will connect with other Associations and Cornell faculty/area teams to examine and develop regional efforts in program and research related to Extension mission, priority programs and issues. The Issue Leader will develop and facilitate local community task forces/networks to bring together agencies with the goal of combining resources for local programming, cutting back on duplication of services while increasing services available to the community. S/he will maintain existing community partnerships and collaborations already in place to help bolster the nutrition and health status of the region.

Steuben County Dairy Festival
Saturday, June 3rd
Starting at 9 a.m. at the Steuben County Fairgrounds, there will be a flea market, craft fair, and food vendors.

The "Dairyland Country" parade will start at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine.

Check out the full list of scheduled events on the Steuben County Dairy Festival Facebook event page.

Jun 1, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

From farming to processing and health to sustainability, both consumers and healthcare professionals have questions about dairy foods. With widespread information available online and in the media, it can feel overwhelming to discern fact from fiction. In this webinar, our dairy experts address common questions and misconceptions that can help health and wellness professionals feel confident in evidence-based guidance when it comes to dairy’s role in health and sustainability.

At the end of this webinar attendees will be able to:
1. Describe the role of dairy foods in supporting healthy dietary patterns and sustainable food systems.
2. Identify farming and processing practices that ensure animal wellbeing and food safety.
3. Answer common questions and address misconceptions about dairy food and farming.
4. Communicate evidence-based, practical and cost-effective nutrition guidance.

Register Here.
We know that the green industry plays a critical role in pollinator health. After all, horticulture provides the very thing pollinators need to thrive: diverse and abundant sources of forage. In recognition of that role, and in celebration of National Pollinator Week (June 19-25), Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is delighted to team up with AmericanHort to present a series of free tHRIve webinars focused on all things pollinator health. Join us for one, two, three or all four webinars by registering using the links provided and remember to Grow Wise - Bee Smart!

1 pm Eastern

Integrated Pest & Pollinator Management for Ornamental Plants
Decline of several insect pollinators, including bees and butterflies have triggered a need for pest and plant management strategies that also prioritize protecting pollinators, or integrated pest and pollinator management (IPPM).
During this webinar, Dr. Adam Dale, University of Florida and Dr. Jaret Daniels, Florida Museum of Natural History, will discuss:
·    The importance of protecting pollinators
·    Effects of insect pests on pollinators
·    How pest management strategies can be tailored to reduce damaging pests while still protecting pollinators

1 pm Eastern

Building a Better Monarch Butterfly Garden
Migratory Monarchs have been listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in July 2022. Better understand why Monarch butterflies are in peril, why their conservation matters, and how partnership between the Horticulture Industry and gardening public can help to restore this beloved native butterfly to sustainable status.
This webinar with Dr. Dan Potter, University of Kentucky, covers the fascinating natural history of the monarch, including its spectacular long-distance migrations and special relationship with milkweed, as well as best milkweed species for attracting and sustaining monarchs and native bees in gardens. Recent research showing that garden design and placement matters, and that cultivars of native milkweeds (“nativars”) have conservation value for gardens, will be discussed, as well as how to prevent a garden from becoming an “ecological trap” for monarchs due to predation by invasive wasps or planting the wrong type of milkweed.
Consumer demand for milkweed seedlings and nectar plants is burgeoning. Information from this webinar will help garden center personnel, Master Gardeners, and others to better advise customers and other stakeholders about butterfly gardening.

1 pm Eastern

Bees, Pesticides and Politics: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Urban Landscapes
This talk with the esteemed Dr. Dan Potter (University of Kentucky) will help attendees better understand why bees and other pollinators are in peril, the role of insecticides and other factors in pollinator decline, and how land care professionals and gardeners can safeguard pollinators when managing pests of lawns and landscapes. Pollinator conservation initiatives that can benefit growers, garden centers, and land care professionals will be discussed, as well as best woody plants supporting bees and other pollinators.

1 pm Eastern

Pollinators, Plant Trials, and People: Discovering and Sharing the Best Pollinator Plants
What happens when you mix a desire to support pollinator health with a passion for growing beautiful, high-performing plants? What if you then added in a commitment to sharing information with and assisting a community of gardeners?
For more than two decades, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has trialed plants with the goal of determining what plants work best in the Mid-West region. Over the last three years, they've paid particular attention to which plants bring in and support the most pollinators. Their renowned plant trials and expertise, combined with their impressive position within the surrounding gardening community, has created a unique program where gardeners and pollinators work hand-in-hand helping the horticultural industry thrive.
Join us for an exciting look into this unique program, the best pollinator plants, and the people behind it all with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's own director of horticulture, Steve Foltz.
Inspiring every visitor, every day with plants!


The senators said that this widespread agricultural devastation, so close to harvest, requires prompt attention from the feds, especially since more frost is forecast in the coming days, and are urging the USDA to make any and all assistance available to impacted eligible growers.

Read the full article here.

Photo: Franco Nadalin
USDA Issues WASDE Report for May – All Milk Price Estimate for 2023 Lowered to $20.50

The All Milk Price has been lowered to $20.50 for 2023 and $19.90 for 2024 based on increases in milk per cow and other global factors. Read more from Joel Hastings, Dairy Business News HERE.
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:
  • 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.
Host Families Needed
Do you have children between the ages of 12 and 18, consider enhancing their summer with the addition of a Japanese Youth looking to learn about American Family life. Not a 4-H Family, Not a problem. We welcome ALL FAMILIES to APPLY!!

2023 Market Animal Ownership Dates
*Please keep these dates in mind when you're starting to look for this year's market animal projects. Your animals should be owned & housed by the 4-H member by the dates below*
January 1, 2023- Market Beef Steers/Heifers & Dairy Steers
June 1, 2023- Market Goats, Hogs & Lambs
2023 Market Animal Rules & Regulations
*Please reference this guide if you plan to show a market animal at the 2023 Steuben County Fair*
*RFID Tags are an official identification by USDA Ag & Markets and are required for all cattle & hogs that will be shown at the Steuben County Fair*
-We do have these tags at our office in case you do not have your own-
Interested in getting your own farm RFID Tags for your farm?
Fill out the form with USDA Ag & Markets!
4-H Market Animal Project Award
The Steuben County Market Sale Committee is excited to announce this great opportunity for any 4-H youth that participates at the sale. Click the below for the Application and more details.
Dr. Guy Hammond Memorial Scholarship Steuben County 4-H

Our community lost a special member in the fall of 2022. Dr. Guy Hammond impacted the community in many ways and held great pride in giving back to the youth. Therefore, the Hammond Family will award a $1,000 scholarship through Cornell Cooperative Extension to a deserving high school senior who is a current member of 4-H and planning to pursue a higher level of education or enter the workforce.

One of Dr. Hammond’s biggest passions was helping young 4-H members. For many years he donated his services, bought animals from the annual livestock auction, and was just a friendly face to see during fair week. He understood the hard work it took to prepare 4-H projects each year and appreciated the life skills it taught the youth. The characteristics gained while participating in 4-H are carried with you throughout your life. He would be honored that this memorial scholarship will support 4-H members to become even more resilient in their future careers.

The scholarship application is due June 2nd. More information about this scholarship will be available on the Steuben County- Cornell Cooperative Extension website.
The Junior DAIRY LEADER program is intended to reach youth between the ages of 16 and 19 who have an interest in exploring careers in the dairy industry through hands-on experiential learning. The future of the dairy industry depends on young people who are well-trained and are excited about the range of opportunities that exist in the industry.
The program presents youth with a realistic view of the dairy industry as a viable, profitable, and progressive business sector, while also building personal and professional skills. Junior DAIRY LEADER participants get real world learning experiences with student and industry interaction through diverse programs.
The program consists of a series of workshops that focus on multiple facets of the dairy industry, personal development and technical skills.

The Beginning Dairy Leader is for youth who will be entering at least 10th grade in the fall up to a senior in high school and not graduating by this fall. The Beginning DAIRY LEADER program gives high school participants the opportunity to explore post-secondary agricultural education and career opportunities in a networking environment through interaction with faculty and students, college planning, and personal development. Activities include resume writing, leadership and team building.

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County Enrollment, Subscription, and Support
The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension offers educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the five county region of Southwestern New York. 

Our specialists work with Cornell Faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the agricultural industry and provide services to farms of all sizes and production techniques. The educational programming and support that we offer ranges from workshops to on-farm events, and includes one-on-one consultations. Our program is designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of our region's diverse agricultural community. 

For more information, contact any of the specialists.
Please support CCE Steuben by signing up for their enrollment programs.

Reach out to CCE-Steuben at 607-664-2300 and ask about enrollment.
The enrollment form can be found online, here.
The Cornell Vegetable Program works with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that impact the New York vegetable industry. The team offers educational programs and information to growers, processors, and agribusiness professionals in pest management, variety evaluation, cultural practices, market development, and farm food safety.

Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists expertise includes processing vegetables, fresh market vegetables, weed science, soil health, food safety, organic, marketing, greenhouses and high tunnels.

To read the Vegetable Programs 2022 Year in Review, click HERE. Learn more about the specialists HERE.

To enroll click here.
The Finger Lakes Grape Program (FLGP) is a regional extension program of Cornell Cooperative Extension serving the grape and wine industry of the Finger Lakes.

The staff of the Finger Lakes Grape Program is committed to providing grape growers in the Finger Lakes and beyond with cutting edge, research-based information to help them improve the productivity and sustainability of their vineyards and the quality of the fruit that they produce. We work with researchers and extension staff from Cornell and other institutions to create informative extension materials and programs that help to keep grape growing a viable and profitable industry that enhances the communities of the Finger Lakes and upstate New York.

Learn more about the specialist HERE.

To enroll click here.
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