Pollinator Workshop December 6th Newark

Join Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop that will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

December 6th, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Newark, NY

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This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology and integrated crop pollination, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.

Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Attracting Native Pollinators. as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

The Xerces Society is offering similar Pollinator Conservation Short Courses, as well as Conservation Biological Control Short Courses across the country.

Soil Health Workshop

The District is planning a Soil Health Workshop for late Summer of 2019, stay tuned.

October 27: Huckleberry Swamp Hike – 10am to 1pm.

Participants will learn about one of Wayne County’s hidden treasures. Enjoy a leisurely walk along an elevated board walk through the swamp and explore the birds and other wildlife that live there. The foliage will be beautiful too! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. For more information and to register call Montezuma Audubon Center at (315) 365-3588. http://nyaudubon.org/montezuma

Catchpole Road
North Rose, NY United States + Google Map
Call (585) 338-1820
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Happy Owl-ween at Montezuma Audubon Center

Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a hike through the forest and grassland to explore the night sights and sounds. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org

Workshop – Easy Steps to Black Gold

Composting Workshop “Easy Steps to Black Gold” with Master Gardener, Barb – our Composting Queen!

Leaves, garden debris, veggie scraps and more…a few easy steps will turn these into “black gold” for your plants! This workshop will provide instruction on how to be successful with home composting, including troubleshooting problems, what can be composted, container types, and composting with worms (vermicomposting). Plus question and answer session.

What: Composting Workshop for Consumers – “Easy Steps to “Black Gold”
When: Sept. 22nd, 9am to 11am
Cost: $3.00 and pre-registration is required
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne Co. 1581 Rte. 88 North, Newark NY 14513
Save the date: Sept. 22nd 9am-11am.

Registration is $3.00 per person and is required by Sept. 18th. To register, stop by our office or mail your payment along with your phone number and/or Email to CCE Wayne County, 1581 Rte. 88 N. Newark, NY 14513. Limited spaces available. Registration will be confirmed via phone call or e-mail, so please remember to include your phone number or e-mail with your registration. Registration Deadline Tuesday, September 18th.

For more information contact: 315-331-8415

Do you have a valid NY Fishing License? Free Entrance to State Fair

You can get FREE admission to the The Great New York State Fair on August 23rd and 26th if you own a valid New York State Sporting License.

DEC’s #IFISHNY staff will also be holding free family #fishing clinics at those days from 10am-2pm. You can participate even if you don’t have a New York State fishing license. Rods and bait will be provided and DEC staff will be on hand to assist.

Interested in purchasing a NYS Sporting License: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/365.html


Wayne County Fair

Join us at the Wayne County Fair on August 13-18th. We are in the Ag building. Register for a chance to win prizes, learn about Invasive Species, Ag Best Management Practices, Soil Health and more!

Empire Farm Days will take place on August 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Seneca Falls, NY. On August 7-9, 2018, Rodman Lott and Son Farms at 2973 Route 414 in Seneca Falls, NY, becomes a showcase of shiny new agricultural equipment for test driving and in demonstrations, fields with new cover crop mixes to beat the summer heat and attract pollinators, Dairy Profit Seminars, beef cattle and horses, farm youth showing their tractor driving and welding skills, and much, much more.

Empire Farm Days show hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm, and Thursday 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free, parking is $10/vehicle. Directions to reach the showgrounds by automobile and airplane, and programming details and schedules are posted at www.empirefarmdays.com. For more information, call 877-697-7837.

New activities and highlights for the 2018 Empire Farm Days event that is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show of its kind include the following:

• Field Demonstrations Add Manure Application Options for Less Odor
The demo will highlight methods that reduce odor and runoff and retain nutrient value. Side-by-side demos include dribble bars, grassland tool, disks, shanks.

• Stone Grinder and Forestry Mulcher demonstrations

• Test Drive Applicators, Tractors, Trucks, Heavy Equipment, UTVs

• Cover Crop Demos: Options for Summer Stress Tolerance, Pollinators, Compaction
Side-by-side plots with options for dairy, crop and vegetable farmers with single cover crop species as well as mixes of stress-tolerant summer annuals, good combinations for dealing with compaction and adding organic matter, 3 pollinator-friendly mixes, and 4 blends for use after small grain or vegetable crops. Daily plot tour at 10:30 am.

• Soil Health Speakers:
. Tuesday: Dr. Sally A. Flis, Director of Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute, Washington, DC
. Wednesday: Cornell Soil Science Professor Dr. Harold M. van Es, Building Soils for Better Crops co-author
. Thursday: Cornell University Cooperative Extension Regional Field Crops
Specialist Michael E. Hunter, a Resistance Management Specialty-certified Certified Crop Advisor.

• Tuesday-Only: “New Alfalfa Genetics for Forage Quality and Tips for On-Farm Forage Program Consistency” with Alfalfa & Forage Expert Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems: Registration preferred to www.FGIFieldDays.com; walks-in welcome.

• One Free DEC Credit Available: Daily 9:30 am Worker Protection and Pesticide Training

• Falcon Automated Soil Sampler Demonstrations

• Get a Bird’s Eye View: Quadcopter Demonstrations
• Dairy Profit Seminars:
. Three Dairy Herd Management Strategies for Challenging Times
. Data to Dollars: Making More Money from DHI Records and Milk Samples; and
. Changing Times, Changing Consumers: Telling Dairy’s Story.

• Beef Up Your Farm Enterprise
Daily programs on cattle handling system design, animal evaluation, preconditioning, and safe cattle handling. Tuesday-only: Beef Quality Assurance training, 4-7 pm, must pre-register with NY Beef Council, 315-339-6922.
• Equine Programs Will Inspire You to Adopt A Horse
. Tuesday: Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program
. Wednesday: From Wild to Mild with Jack and Emma Minter and their American Mustangs of Rose Hill Ranch
. Thursday: Begin Again Horse Rescue with miniature horses.
• New Programming for Livestock Producers
Feeding for Top Line and Body Condition, Safe Handling of Cattle, Simple Solutions for Electric Fencing, and Worry-Free, Frost-Free Watering.
• New Invasive Species, Grapes & Hops Program
Daily at 10:30 am at Craft Beverage Center with Patty Wakefield Brown of the Finger Lakes Institute and Finger Lakes PRISM, includes how to identify and report Spotted Lanternfly.
• Instagram stars, the NY Farm Girls
• Announcement of 4R Nutrient Stewardship Management Initiative
by NYSABA, The Fertilizer Institute, and The Nature Conservancy. Commercial fertilizer dealers and agricultural applicators will be invited to voluntarily participate in a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program
• Farm Family Safety and Fun
Visit Farm Bureau Family Education Center, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Safety Center, NYS Grange, and the Empire Farm Days pond for farm family fun activities and safety education. Try a pedal- drive kayak or standup paddleboard on the water!
More details on all of these programs, directions, daily schedules, and more are posted online on Facebook, Instagram, and www.empirefarmdays.com.

The Empire State Potato Growers started this event as the Potato Field Days in 1931 and have steadily grown it into an agricultural extravaganza with more than 65,000 farmers, agriculturists, and rural living enthusiasts attending each year. Admission is free, $10 per vehicle parking.

. Empire Farm Days Show Manager Melanie Wickham, 585-526-5356
. EFD Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, karalynn@gisco.net

2018 Water Chestnut Hand Pull dates

Help control invasive water chestnuts! Volunteer hours available.

“Come spend an afternoon on the water and help us remove invasive water chestnuts from our local bays and streams. Canoes and Kayaks available. Group or individual parties welcome! Please contact our office for more information about signing up or scheduling an event. ”

7/5 – Bay Bridge on Sodus Bay
7/18 – Maxwell Bay @ Beechwood Park
7/21 – Water Chestnut Hand Pull Competition – Registration required (click here)
8/2 – Red Creek @ Larkin Rd

Click here for directions to all handpulls

New York Sea Grant Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners

New York Sea Grant will host a Managing Great Lakes Residential Shorelines workshop for the owners of residential property along the shoreline of Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Fair Haven Beach State Park, Sabin Hall, 14985 State Park Road, Sterling, NY. [Click to Read More…]

The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required: https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration. An optional tour of shoreline management techniques at Fair Haven Beach State Park is available after the workshop. For more information, contact Roy Widrig at 315-312-3042, rlw294@cornell.edu.

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Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489