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November 5, 2015 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Announcements.

The Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program is offering a Harvest Pie Workshop for all area youth ages 5 to 19.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17th, at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Come and learn how to bake holiday pies just in time for Thanksgiving! Youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend, and parents are welcome. Cost: $10 per youth.

Register by Nov. 13th by calling Brandie at the 4-H Office at 585-343-3040, ext. 101. Complete event information is also available on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website at

September 28, 2015 - 12:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Cornell Cooperative Extension, Announcements.

Press release:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 5 p.m. at Terry Hills Restaurant, 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

We will be honoring Master Gardener Volunteer David Russell with the “Friend of Extension” Award and appropriate tropical attire is optional.

Anyone planning to attend can RSVP by Oct. 13 to Samantha Stryker at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 123.

July 29, 2015 - 1:48pm

Press release from Cornell Cooperative Extension in Batavia:

Fayetteville, NY – The Farmers Market Federation of NY, in partnership with SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, is pleased to announce the first ever Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification Course to kickoff Nov. 10th to 12th on the SUNY Cobleskill Campus: FMM PRO.

This program will create New York State’s first Market Manager Certification designation and will be recognized through the SUNY system.

The FMM PRO course curriculum will include all aspects of maintaining and growing a successful farmers market given in 22 workshops covering three main topics:
1.    Nuts and Bolts of Managing Markets

2.    Reaching Out to the Market Community

3.    Building Market Systems

Program participants who complete the full curriculum will be receive certificates signed by the three partnering agencies and will have earned the title of Certified Market Manager. As a SUNY FMM PRO Certified Market Manager, graduates of the program will:
·         Be fully knowledgeable in today’s best practices for managing farmers markets;

·         Learn tactics to expand and optimize their farmers market;

·         Be equipped to build successful relationships with farmers and shoppers;

·         Be able to use their certification to leverage funding and support for their market.

The cost of the SUNY Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification will be an affordable $200 for 12 months of access to the online curriculum.  Participants will need to complete all 22 sessions within this time frame, including submitting a quiz and assignment from each section for review in order to receive certification. In addition, they will need to earn two continuing-education credits bi-annually by attending special sessions at the Federation’s annual Farmers Market Managers Conference and/or specified manager training webinars in order to keep their Certification active.

Nov. 10th to 12th a conference to be held at SUNY Cobleskill, will be used to launch the development of the course. This will replace the Farmers Market Federation’s Annual Conference that normally takes place in late winter, with the regular conference schedule resuming in early 2017. The schedule will include an intense three days of workshops, tours of the SUNY Cobleskill Ag Facilities, and an opportunity to network with market managers from around the state.

The workshops will be recorded and used to form the full online curriculum for the FMM PRO Certification Program and will be placed on, an online learning platform, under the sponsorship of Cornell University. SUNY Cobleskill students will have the unique opportunity to become New York State’s next generation of farmers market managers. As space is available, the three-day conference will be free to enrolled students who use their student meal.

Attendees of the Nov. 10th to 12th conference will have a jump start on their official Farmers Market Manager Certification as they will not need to view the sessions they participated in at the conference on Moodle. In addition, for each day they participated fully in the conference, each participant will receive a $25 voucher toward the cost of the online FMM Pro Certification Course.

Interested parties can register for the conference here: by paying online or mailing in the registration form with a check made out to the Farmers Market Federation of NY. FMM Pro Certification registration will be made available at a later date.

All mail-in conference registrations must be received by Nov. 4th after which registrations can only be made on the website above and will be subject to a $10 per day walk-in fee.

For more information on the content of the sessions, agenda, hotel information and directions, visit: or contact [email protected].

FMM PRO is funded by a grant from Governor Cuomo’s Fresh Connect Program, as part of the Governor’s initiative to build bridges between Upstate NY and Downstate NY, as well as build connections between consumers and NYS agriculture.

Brandie L. Schultz
Administrative Assistant
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County
420 E. Main St.
Batavia NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343-3040, ext. 101
Fax: (585) 343-1275

June 26, 2015 - 4:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Cornell Cooperative Extension, dairy, agriculture, Stafford.


Area dairy farmers were invited to a pasture walk today at the farm of John and Sue Mikel, on East Bethany Le Roy Road, Stafford, by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. John and Sue own and operate Mikelholm Holsteins, a small grazing dairy they started on a 30-acre field they purchased seven years ago. They built a house and barn with a milking parlor.

They graze their 35 cows plus youngstock on the remaining land and supplement their diet with purchased feed. They also knew grazing would provide health benefits to the cows and reduce demands on labor. An added benefit was the reduced bedding costs while the cows are out to pasture.

The discussion included how John and Sue got started, fence and laneway layout, nutrition balance and summer rations as well has how to control parasites. 




July 14, 2014 - 1:22pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will be offering “Principles of Gardening” training on Wednesday evenings, starting Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 pm. Classes will be held at the CCE office at 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Participants will enjoy training in horticulture topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, fruit, perennials and annuals. Each class will focus on a different topic throughout training.

Pre-registration and payment by Aug. 25 is required. Class size will be limited. No walk-ins will be allowed. The fee for training is $225 per person.

This training is also the first requirement to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener.

Graduates of the program (Genesee county residents) are then eligible to apply to the Genesee County Master Gardener program. (Other county residents should contact their local Master Gardener program.) A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned at training. Enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge is a must.

For an application or to register contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by the Extension office located at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

May 21, 2014 - 3:40pm

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) helped the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Genesee County regain its tax-exempt status, something it should have never had revoked in the first place. The CCE of Genesee County contacted Congressman Collins’ office after it was notified by the IRS that its tax-exempt status was being revoked without an explanation.

After months of back and forth, Collins’ office determined that the IRS mistakenly placed CCE of Genesee County on an "Auto-Revocation" list. The issue has now been resolved and the agency’s tax-exempt status has been restored.

“On behalf of CCE Genesee, I am extremely thankful and grateful for the persistent and timely support, and active intervention with the IRS in resolving the erroneous revocation of our tax-exempt status,” said Beverly Mancuso, executive director of CCE Genesee. “Attempts to resolve this were unsuccessful until I reached out to Congressman Collins’ office. I am extremely relieved to have this matter successfully addressed and behind us, hopefully once and for all. I cannot even imagine how much time and effort was required on the part of the Congressman’s office, but our association is more than thankful.”

“Unfortunately, the IRS is an example of big government bureaucracy at its worst, and I am grateful my office was able to help Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County get out of a mess it never should have been in,” Collins said. “Our office is always available to constituents and local agencies who are having a trouble navigating the federal government to get an answer or resolve a problem.”

May 17, 2014 - 7:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Cornell Cooperative Extension, master gardeners.

It was a perfect morning for a plant sale at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on East Main Street, Batavia, with local master gardeners hosting the annual spring gala.

Alan Bieber and Heather Tower wait for a hot dog from Carol Schroeder.

Lucy Oltramari checks out a plant while her mother Laurie looks on.

Kara Tress shops for new plants.

May 15, 2014 - 3:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Event Date and Time: 
May 19, 2014 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 19. The meeting will be held at the Extension Center at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia and is open to the public.

Any questions should be directed to Samantha Stryker at 585-343-3040, ext. 123.

Future 2014 CCE Board of Director Meetings will be at the same place/time on Aug. 18 and Dec. 8.

December 5, 2013 - 5:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, agriculture, Cornell Cooperative Extension.

More than 50 vegetable farmers from throughout WNY were at the Cornell Extension in Batavia today for "Tunnel School."

Tunnels, also called hoop houses, are like greenhouses. They're large enclosed structures allow plants to be grown in-ground but protected from the elements.

"What we're trying to do is help vegetable farmers grow over a longer season," said Judson Reid, a senior extension associate. "We really trying to help farmers increase their profitability with some of the technology we're talking about here today."

Tunnels allow farmers to plant vegetables earlier in the spring and harvest later in the fall, and because the plants are irrigated and aren't hit with rain water, the vegetables often come out looking better, which makes them easier to sell.

Not just growing vegetables but topics such as pricing and marketing where discussed in some depth by the farmers.

"One of my co-presenters said earlier today that farming is about marketing, business and growing, in that order," Reid said. "It's really fun to talk about plants, growing, soils, but really, we can never neglect markets.We have to focus on our marketing ability to improve our profitability."

Paul Fenton, owner of Fenton Farms in Batavia, was among the local farmers at the workshop and he said he was getting a lot of good information from the presenters.

"We're here because we want to extend our growing season and improve quality," Fenton said.

He said he's planning on growing cherry and  grape tomatoes. 

August 29, 2013 - 12:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Event Date and Time: 
September 4, 2013 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County Finance Committee Board of Directors will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Extension Center at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia and is open to the public. Any questions should be directed to Samantha Stryker at 343-3040, ext 123.

October 29, 2012 - 1:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hurricane Sandy.

Press release to farmers regarding storm from Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Cornell Cooperative Extension urges all farmers to prepare ahead of time for power outages, structural or crop damage, insurance claims and damage that could accompany Hurricane Sandy, also dubbed “Frankenstorm” and the “Perfect Storm.”

The New York State Office of Emergency Management is already warning citizens of Sandy’s approach, and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets urges farmers to pay close attention to those warnings.

Long-range preparations can include purchasing or making rental agreements for special equipment, making adjustments to property and reviewing business arrangements. Short-range preparations should focus on immediate concerns such as turning off propane, moving livestock or equipment to safe places or updating phone numbers for emergency assistance.

Equipment needs may include a generator, fuel, a hand fuel pump, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, a flashlight and batteries, NOAA weather radio and batteries, stored water and feed for humans and livestock and a camera to document damage.

Photos of agricultural losses are very helpful to the USDA, especially with their livestock indemnity programs.

Tobacco farms or nursery operations with greenhouses, dairies, and hog and poultry operations are especially vulnerable if power remains out for a lengthy period. Those farmers may want to purchase a generator, and the sooner the better. Farmers who cannot purchase a generator should consider leasing or negotiating a rental arrangement for a back-up generator in advance. Be aware that some rental contracts are only for eight hours use per day.

Property preparations can include clearing debris from drainage ditches so water can run freely, checking power lines for clearance and pruning or removing trees that could fall on lines, surveying buildings for limbs or trees close to buildings and pounding in extra nails or tightening hurricane straps to prevent wind damage.

Other precautions include clearing away all debris that could blow in high winds, securing farm signs and photographing valuable items and storing the pictures off site.

Farmers and home owners alike should store all business records above flood level, which is generally at least two feet off the floor.

A final long-range preventive measure is reviewing business affairs, including insurance policies, debt level and finances. Farmers need to ensure they have adequate insurance coverage for homes, vehicles, farm buildings and structures, crops and flood damage.

Finally, farmers should develop an emergency plan for their families and their farm workers and should establish a meeting place where everyone can gather after a disaster. They also need to assign and prioritize preparation and recovery duties.

Short-range preparations are those things to do now, even though Sandy’s path is still somewhat uncertain.

These include:

  • Monitoring local weather reports for up-to-the-minute information on the storm.
  • Charging batteries on cell phones and cameras.
  • Determining check-in points for family members and workers.
  • Storing or securing items or equipment that may blow away or blow into structures, including lawn furniture and ornaments.
  • Checking generators to be sure they are in good working order and purchasing sufficient amounts of fuel to operate them.
  • Checking feed inventory and ordering extra if needed.
  • Moving poultry and livestock to higher ground if possible and sheltering them in securely battened barns, houses or tightly-fenced areas.
  • Planning for the possibility of evacuation and identifying horse facilities in nearby vicinities that are willing to take horses in an emergency.
  • Find out what their requirements are for vaccinations or tests such as the Coggins Test.
  • Have a system for permanently identifying each horse with its name, your name and a phone number.
  • Turning off the propane supply at tanks and securing tanks in the event of flooding to prevent them from floating away.
  • Moving equipment to the highest, open ground possible away from trees or buildings.
  • Pumping and storing adequate supplies of drinking water for humans and animals in the case of power outages. Recommendations are for a minimum 36-hour reserve.
  • Topping off all gas, propane and other fuel tanks, including the family vehicles.
  • Marking animals with an identifier so they can be returned to you if lost. This can include ear tags with name of farm and/or phone numbers, brands, paint markings on hooves or coat or clipped initials in the hair.
  • Moving feed to higher ground or to a more accessible place in case of flooding or transportation problems.
  • Checking the security of roofing materials, siding and windows and doors in barns and poultry houses to make sure they will not blow off or blow open in strong winds.
  • Coordinating with neighbors beforehand to discuss what resources can be shared in the event of power outages or flooding.
  • Making a list of important phone numbers ahead of time in order to make calls following a storm. Potential numbers to include are the local emergency management office, county extension agent, insurance agent, county Farm Service Agency and private veterinarian.

For local emergency offices, contact

September 26, 2012 - 2:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. The event will be held at City Slickers Bar & Grill (in the lower level lounge).

City Slickers is located at 59 Main St. in Batavia. Light refreshments will be served.

The business portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m .with election of officers, constitution amendments and recognition of staff and volunteers. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, to view the proposed constitution changes, or to RSVP contact Brandie at 343-3040, ext.101, or stop by the extension office at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

October 6, 2011 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Cornell Cooperative Extension, birding.

Feeding the birds is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby in the midst of chilly winter weather. Join our expert birding Master Gardener on Oct. 12 as she shares backyard feeding tips and shows you the birds that may visit your yard this winter.

The class will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Cost is $10 class and includes handouts, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. Pre-register for the classes by stopping by the Extension Center or by contacting Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101.

August 29, 2011 - 12:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Cornell Cooperative Extension.

"Hands on with the Harvest” Fall festivities have been announced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, located at 420 E. Main St., in the City of Batavia.

This season programs will include:

Sept. 13 – Arrangements from the Garden

The best bouquets and arrangements come from your garden! Join Master Gardeners for a “hands-on” workshop as they show you how to use flowers from the garden. Create your own masterpiece to take home. Cost is $15 per person, which includes supplies. (Bring your own scissors.) This program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Building (Genesee County Fairgrounds) Route 5, Batavia. Class size limited to 15 people. Pre-registration and prepayment is required by September 8. Please contact Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101, to register.

Sept. 17 – Harvest Gala

Join the Master Gardeners for their annual Harvest Gala. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County. Activities include a plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants, mum sale, Chance Auction, free soil pH testing, and gardening advice by Master Gardeners. The plant sale will start promptly at 10 in the parking lot. The Chance Auction drawing will start at 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 – Growing Garlic

For thousands of years garlic has been used as food, a spice and a medicine. Join Master Gardener Jim Schnellinger as he shares his tips for growing garlic in the home garden. The class will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes handouts, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 23. Please contact Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101, to register.

Oct. 12 – Winter Birds

Feeding the birds is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby in the midst of chilly winter weather. Join Master Gardener Jan Beglinger as she shares backyard feeding tips and shows you the birds that may visit your yard this winter. The class will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per class which includes handouts, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 7. Please contact Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101, to register.

Oct. 26 – Garden Secrets

Looking for answers for your yard and garden? Want to increase your confidence and experience level? Master Gardener Pam Conklin will take you on a photo tour of some little-known garden spaces cared for by Master Gardeners (including the emerging GOArt! gardens). Hear the stories behind them and learn what all this has to do with your own gardening journey.  Discover the secrets to creating and maintaining beautiful plantings for the enjoyment of others, whether in your own backyard or at the corner of Main and Bank. The class will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes handouts, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 21. Please contact Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101, to register.

Classes size are limited so register early.  Pre-register for the classes by stopping by the Extension Center or visit the website at <>, or contact Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101.

August 30, 2010 - 12:52pm

In September, the Richmond Memorial Library is offering a new preschool program called “Eat, Read, Grow." It is in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County.

Parents and children will participate in a variety of reading, nutrition/food prep, and gardening activities.

For more information, contact Judy at the Richmond Memorial Library, 343-9550, ext. 1510. A New York State Family Literacy Grant makes this program possible.

August 5, 2010 - 12:32pm

BATAVIA – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will be offering the popular Master Gardener Training series from 5:45 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17.

Participants will also be required to attend an additional session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Pre-registration by Aug. 27 is required. No walk-ins are allowed. The fee for the series is $200 per person and includes a NYS Master Gardener Manual on a CD.

Sessions will be held at the Kennedy Building located on the Genesee County Fairgrounds on Route 5 in Batavia.

Master Gardener Training teaches participants about: garden botany; growing fruit at home; herbs; insects; perennials and annuals; organic gardening; pruning; soils and fertilizers; turf grass; vegetable gardening; weed identification; woody plant materials; and how to diagnose plant diseases/problems.

Graduates of the program are eligible to become “Certified” Master Gardeners by completing volunteer work at their local Extension Office.

More information can be found on the extension website at <>.

To register, contact Amy Berry at (585) 343-3040, ext. 106, or stop by the extension office located at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

July 13, 2010 - 4:53pm

Here's a news release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County about this year's fair and the 4-H Club.

It’s summer. And it’s been awesome! Looking for something to do? Something that will support our community, and our youth, and our roots? Something that will be fun, relaxing, easy to do, and, if you aren’t careful, you might even learn something?

It’s the Genesee County Fair – July 20 through 24. Five bucks per carload to park, and then free admission. Where else are you going to get a deal like this?   

The Genesee County Fair has been in existence for 170 years! That’s 170 years of countless volunteers working to entertain each of us, right here in Genesee County.

These numbers speak to the rich history of our community, its foundation, and the drive of countless residents collaborating to make our community stronger, involving youth in positive activities, and trying to give each of us something positive to experience and remember.

The fair is sponsored by the Genesee County Agriculture Society, a non-profit organization, made up of farmers, businesses, and concerned citizens, dedicated to preserving and promoting agriculture in an effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.

Why is this important? Well, if you like to eat, drive, wear clothes, use blankets, live in any kind of structure, agriculture should be important to you – since everything begins with agriculture.

The fair – it brings up all kinds of memories for each of us. The fair has certainly changed over time, but then, what hasn’t? Regardless of what you might think of the fair, I happen to know that there are many 4-H youths and their families and their leaders and their educators that work all year long for the opportunity to show everyone what they have been learning.

4-H is just one component of the fair. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, the home for the 4-H program in our county, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary - 90 years of educating youth in our community.

During the fair, 4-H members have the opportunity to showcase their projects. These hands-on experiences help youth improve skills, learn the importance of following rules carefully, gain confidence in interacting with judges and speaking with confidence about their project, all while handling the excitement and nerves that come from public presentations.

Please show your support for this event. The fair is an important staple in the 4-H program. Projects and animals are judged according to county standards with a select few being awarded the opportunity to be displayed at The New York State Fair in Syracuse.

In case you don’t know about 4-H, it is the world's largest, dynamic, informal educational program for young people and is based on democratic principles. Nearly 7 million youths, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H Youth Development experiences.

For more information, please contact Paul Webster at  HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]" [email protected], or 343-3040, ext. 117.

See you at the fair!

June 26, 2010 - 8:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Cornell Cooperative Extension.


Overnight, somebody pushed over the cow in front of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

An officer on scene said the anchors appear out of the ground, but it doesn't look damaged.

Dispatch is attempting to contact an extension representative.

UPDATE: Officer Ed Mileham was still on scene when I stopped by for a quick picture and he said last week, pranksters hit the extension, too. Somebody rearranged the lettering of the message board to read "Eat Meat July 2." The cover of that board is now held in place by a padlock. The cow was anchored only with tent spikes.




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