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:


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 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; 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

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,

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: 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,

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iMAP Invasive Training

iMap Invasives Spring Training – SLELO

iMapInvasives program is an online platform where invasive species sightings and management efforts can be recorded and shared. By providing data on invasive species distributions, the iMapInvasives program helps to facilitate both current and future endeavors to control and eradicate invasive species across New York State.

When: June 18th, 2018 (Monday)
11:00am -12:00pm -SLELO PRISM Presentation
12:00pm – 12:30pm -Lunch
12:30pm – 1:10pm -Brief intro to the NUN AshTree Survey App
1:10pm – 2:10pm -iMapInvasives Training
2:10pm – 2:20pm -Break to get ready for outdoor session
2:20pm – 3:20pm -Outdoor iMap App and Ash Tree Survey App walk and talk

Where: SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station
Brownell Rd
Oswego, NY 13126

Exploring Beechwood State Park Wayne County

Exploring Beechwood State Park, Hosted by Genesee Land Trust

Walk with Bob Cooper who grew up near Beechwood State Park and knows its many trails and stories. Start at the lower parking lot close to Maxwell Creek as it flows into Maxwell Bay and then Lake Ontario – learning about fish, birds, wild flowers, and the history of Beechwood when it was a girl scout camp.

Beechwood State Park
7563 Lake Rd, Sodus, New York 14551

Sunday, May 20th at 9 AM – 11 AM

2018 Maple Weekends Start Making Plans!

The New York State Maple Producers Association invites families from across the Empire State and neighboring areas to learn all about the production of maple syrup and other related products. Our goal during Maple Weekend is to share the taste of real mouth-watering maple syrup with you. Maple producers will demonstrate how to make syrup — whether it’s simply boiling the sap over an open fire or running it through highly scientific equipment — the results always taste great!

Maple Syrup is classified according to its color. The darker the syrup, the more enhanced the maple flavor. High quality, Grade A syrup can only be made by the evaporation of pure maple sap and, in New York state, it must contain no less than 66% sugar content. The weather is the most important factor in the final maple syrup product. Maple season (also referred to as “sugar season”) generally lasts about 4-6 weeks. March is the prime month for maple production. It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup.


Shadow Hill Farms
Come out and learn more about the production of maple syrup at Shadow Hill Farms’ Open House on March 3 & 4, March 10 & 11, March 17 & 18 and March 24 & 25. Take a tour of the Sugar House and Sugar Bush, learn how maple syrup is made. Enjoy some free samples of maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy and maple cotton candy. Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast will be served during the Open House”. Try our bourbon-aged maple syrup & fresh made donuts. Enjoy nearly a mile of hiking trails through the Sugar Bush, and our 3-acre pond with running waterfalls!
Open: 8:30am to 4pm
Address: 7285 Lakeside Road, Ontario
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup Facebook

Packard Valley Farms
Maple Weekends & Breakfast on March 17 & 18 and March 24 & 25
NYS Maple Weekend at Packard Valley Farms,
Free tours and fun for all ages. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Horse-drawn and tractor wagon rides. Tour of the sugar shack. Petting zoo. Birds eye view of the sugar bush. Maple products and baked goods for sale. Free samples of syrup and other delicious maple products. Breakfasts are served next door at our neighbor, the Log Cabin Restaurant.
Open: 10am to 4pm all days
Address: 438 Macedon Center Road, Macedon
Packard Valley Farms Facebook

Soil Health Workshop March 7th 2018

Soil Health & Nutrient Management Workshop Geneva NY.

Owl Prowl! Montezuma Audubon Center

Jan. 20, Saturday, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm  Owl Prowl   Get up close to live owls during an indoor presentation featuring KrittrKris and her feathered friends! Learn about the special adaptations these birds have that allow them to survive the winter season and be successful hunters of the night. Then, join Audubon staff to search for endangered Short-eared Owls and other raptors in the grasslands around Montezuma. It will be a real hoot! Fee: $6/child, $8/adult, $25/family.


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