Just in time for grilling season, "Recipes for the Grill" have been added to the the Recipes section on the Healthy Living and Recipes program page.
Check out the new recipes:
Grilled Chicken with Green Chile Sauce
Grilled or Broiled Orange Chicken
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Spicy Grilled Chicken
The Spring 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) is taking place May 8 – 19. Now in its fourth year, the fundraiser allows TSC shoppers to purchase paper clovers for $1 at checkout. In addition to the $1 Paper Clover, there will now be a $5 Paper Clover available which will be larger than the original. Both $1 and $5 Paper Clovers will have a $1 or $2 Purina coupon attached available to customers when they make a donation to 4-H.
Paper Clovers are being sold at the 990 Tractor Supply Centers throughout the country to support 4-H. In New York State 65 percent of the monies raised will be allocated to county 4-H programs and the NYS 4-H Foundation will receive ten percent of the funds raised. In Fulton and Montgomery Counties there are two Tractor Supply Stores – one at 4584 State Highway 30 in Amsterdam and one at 27 Arterial Plaza in Gloversville. Individuals are encouraged to shop TSC and buy a clover during this special promotion to support local 4-H youth development program activities.
To date, all TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotions nationwide have raised a total of approximately $2,161,287. County 4-H programs have received approximately $1,296,772, state 4-H programs have received approximately $216,128 and National 4-H Council has received $648,386. The effort has provided support for 4-H clubs, school enrichment, after-school programs, special interest programs and other activities so youth can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics. Monies from the 2012 TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaigns helped partially underwrite expenses for Fulton/Montgomery 4-H members to participate in the 4-H Career Explorations Program at Cornell University and helped support the implementation of a two-day 4-H Veterinary Science program for local teens.
Department of Agriculture & Markets and State Gaming Commission Issue Precautions Regarding Equine Herpes Virus at Vernon Downs Racetrack
New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine and State Gaming Commission Acting Executive Director Robert Williams today issued the following statement: Laboratory tests completed at the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory revealed that at least three horses stabled at Vernon Downs Raceway have been infected with a strain of the Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1). The horses were stalled in two barns at the track, both of which have since been quarantined. EHV-1 is an airborne viral infection which can cause respiratory disease, abortion in broodmares, death in newborn foals and a neurological form of herpes.
Over the last several years the market place has offered a large increase in foods labeled ‘gluten-free.’ In addition, gluten-free diets and lifestyles are being promoted in books such as Wheat Belly and in media ‘talk shows’. But who should be buying and eating gluten-free foods? What is gluten and where does it come from? Is a gluten-free diet healthier than following MyPlate recommendations? Has the prevalence of Celiac Disease increased significantly in recent years? Can a person be gluten sensitive but not have Celiac disease? If someone in my family learns they need to avoid gluten, what do I need to know and do?
These questions and more will be answered by Pam Cureton, RD, LDN in a webinar hosted by the Families, Food and Fitness eXtension CoP on May 1, 1-2 PM (CST).
4-H volunteers, leaders, parents, teachers, youth professionals etc. are you looking to learn some fun and easy science activities to use with youth (grades 3-8) that were developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology? This fun, educational training will get you active and motivated for exciting hands-on science activities that teach youth about birds, the environment and citizen science.
On Saturday, June 29th educators will gather for some fun learning about birds, their habitat and much more. Part of the day will involve exploring the Burbine forest looking for birds and their habitats. The event is from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Charleston Municipal Building (480 Corbin Hill Rd. Charleston, NY 12166). There is a $10 fee which includes lunch, snacks and handouts. Register by contacting the Cooperative Extension office at 673-5525, registrations are due on or before June 17th. View the registration form below.
by Krishna Ramanujan
Labeling food as "organic" may not always lead to a positive impression, according to a recent Cornell study.
The research, published Nov. 27, 2012 online in the journal Appetite, flips the notion of a "halo" effect for ethical food labels. A halo effect refers to a phenomenon where a label leads consumers to have a positive opinion -- and in the case of an organic label, a healthful impression-- of those foods.
This research finds that such positive impressions are partly based on the personal values of a consumer. The two-part study found that some conditions can produce a negative impression of organic labels among consumers, due to the consumer's values.
Owner/Forester Guided Woods Walk
NY Forest Owners Association Celebrates 50th Anniversary
May 18, 2013
10 am – 3 pm
411 Beech Street
Mayfield, NY 12117
Hosts: Kurt & Kristie Edwards
Master Forest Owner Volunteers
(NY Master Forest Owner Program)
-Owner/Forester Guided Woods Walk
-We will be viewing a recent seed tree regeneration project.
-Cruzing the woods identify regeneration issues.
-We will also be planting seedlings—all are welcome to help us plant tomorrows forest today!
-Join us for lunch – we will be roasting hot dogs or bring a bag lunch.
USDA Partners with the Department of Defense and the Cooperative Extension Service to Develop Guides Focused on Supporting Military Families
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 – The family members of military members often face unique challenges during and after deployment. In an effort to involve entire communities in supporting these families, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) developed a series of publications with guidance for various audiences that assist and support members of the military, veterans and their families. The publications were developed in collaboration with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and the National Military Family Association. USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics Catherine Woteki helped unveil these publications at an event in Washington today in support of April as “Month of the Military Child” and the 2-year anniversary of Joining Forces, the initiative to support military families launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
“It’s natural for USDA and DoD to partner together considering the disproportionate share of our military that comes from rural America,” Woteki said. “Our military families experience many unique challenges as they cope with a family member who is deployed and support from the entire community can go a long way in meeting their needs. These new publications are a valuable resource for people – from friends and family to local businesses – in helping our military families during and after a deployment.”
22ND Annual Saratoga Horse Symposium
Saturday April 27, 2013
8:00 am Registration/9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Demos & Presentations
4-H Training and Education Center, 556 Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Ticket Prices: See below on Pre-Registration Form
The Symposium returns to the 4-H Training and Education Center. There will be live horse demos, clinics, presentations and more. Confirmed Speakers include: Kitt Hazelton (Saddle Fitting), Valerie Buck (Retraining the OTTB), Ashley Gasky (Hoof Mapping/Measuring and Use of Non-Metal Shoes), Cathy Drumm, (Jumping), Jamie Ziehm (Training), Dr. Karen Gellman (Postural Rehabilitation), Dr. Ryan Penno/Dr. Jennifer McDonald (Chiropractic), Kelly Sanford (Harnessing & Ground Driving), Jay Quinlan (Versatile Ranch Horse), and Katherine Barbarite (Partnership & Confidence Building). See admission pricing on Pre-Registration Form below. For more information or questions, contact Jennifer Stevens, email@example.com Sharon T. LaPier firstname.lastname@example.org (518) 885-8995. .
“Grow with 4-H” Recruitment Nights in Amsterdam, Canajoharie and Johnstown
Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties will be hosting three “Grow with 4-H” 4-H recruitment nights. The first session will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 50 East Main Street in Canajoharie. The next session will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizen Center, 109 East Main Street in Johnstown. The last session is scheduled on Thursday, May 9 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street in Amsterdam. Youth and adult participants will have the opportunity to plant pillow packs with marigold seeds to take home, enjoy light refreshments and learn more about 4-H in Fulton and Montgomery Counties.
Individuals planning to participate in one of the upcoming “Grow with 4-H” recruitment meetings are asked to pre-register with 4-H staff at Cornell Cooperative Extension by calling at 673-5525, ext. 113 or ext. 114 or e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is seeking youth members and adult volunteers to join the local 4-H youth development program and start new 4-H clubs. 4-H Youth Development Program Leader Linda Wegner will share information about 4-H membership opportunities for youth whether they be from rural, suburban or urban settings and will have samples of 4-H project materials on hand. 4-H youth members are able to enroll in projects that fit their interests. Traditional 4-H clubs are open to boys and girls ages 8 – 19 while 4-H cloverbud clubs are open to youth ages 5 – 8. 4-H clubs can have as few as five members or as many as the volunteer club leaders feel can be effectively included in the group. Independent 4-H membership is also available to youth ages 8-19.