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August 2019 | Vol. 11 Issue 8

The Steuben County Fair celebrates 200 years!


Empire Farm Days coming next week!

Money As You Grow Bookshelf expands to more libraries

How much sugar is in your summer drinks?

How to freeze bell peppers

Steuben County Fair is Aug. 13-18

Learn about Chronic Pain



Several ways to learn more about CCE-Steuben!

Download our new program brochures

We have recently redesigned brochures for our four main programs: Agriculture, 4-H, Nutrition and Financial & Consumer Education. Please visit our website to download any of the documents.

The Summer CCE-Steuben Spotlight is now online

We print and mail a four-page newsletter three times a year. The Summer edition is now available to download and view. 

This issue highlights the direct impacts of our Agriculture, 4-H, Nutrition, and Financial programs on our community. These impacts include 4-H'ers getting hands-on government experience, building a good financial literacy foundation for kids, exploring the amount of sugar in various drinks, helping homeowners and farmers with expertise, and the community rallying around funding for overhauling the fairground horse stalls. It's great reading!

Download the current issue here.

View some of our past issues here.

Sign up now for CCE-Steuben's Annual Meeting Dinner & Event! 

Tickets for the evening are just $25 per person which includes dinner and trivia. You can register for the event now at You can register your team for the trivia at  We look forward to celebrating with you!

Agriculture Education

Empire Farm Days is Aug 6-8!


Empire Farm Days is almost here and will be held August 6-8, 2019!  Check out the Hemp Center when you go and learn about all the newest information from the Cornell Hemp Team and others.

On Tuesday and Thursday, Cornell Hemp Research Team Leader Dr. Larry Smart will present a Cornell research update on grain, fiber and CBD production in New York State. He will discuss the results of hemp trials in place since 2017. Immediately following his presentation, Dr. Chris Becker, a research scientist with BAAR Scientific, will offer a Harvesting Hemp program and field demonstration tour.

On Wednesday, the new Hemp Center programming from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm includes NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo providing insight on state efforts to grow the NY hemp industry. Assemblywoman Lupardo introduced and passed the 2014 bill that allowed hemp to be grown in New York for the first time in 80 years; since then, she has authored several bills to grow and expand the industry. She and NYS Senator Jen Metzger recently passed NY hemp extracts legislation that expands the state's current industrial hemp law to regulate the production and marketing of hemp extracts such as cannabidiol (CBD).

Learn more here...

Bovine Reproduction and A.I. Training Courses

August 13 and September 24

Come learn about:

  • Bovine anatomy
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Heat detection
  • Artificial insemination techniques
  • Proper semen thawing
  • Loading A.I. guns
  • Breeding cows (hands-on practice)

Read more here...

Healing Spirits Medicinal Herb Farm Tour

Join Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County and Healing Spirits Medicinal Herb Farm for an evening herb walk. We will discuss the process of harvesting herbs and tour a drying house. During the tour, participants will also view mushroom production on the farm, the Apothecary, and the farms commercial kitchen.

Read more here...

Statewide Conference on the Spotted Lanternfly

August 15

The Spotted Lanternfly is one of the more recent invasive insects and has the potential to be detrimental to our area's fruit and wine production.  Come out to the NYS Invasive Pest Management Conference in Binghamton for a day-long session of the newest information and research about the species.

Read more here...

Meet the new team members for the Southwest NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell Faculty and Extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the dairy, livestock and field crops industries in New York. 

We have recently added Farm Business Management and Field Crops Production specialists to our team. Read more about this five-county program here.


Meet Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management and Josh Putman, Field Crops Production.


There are two sessions left of the Pro-Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update - August 12 and 27. For more information on the topics and presenters, visit this page.

Save the Date:

Financial Education this month

Five Critical Estate Planning Documents
...and five more you may want to consider!

Is your estate plan a comprehensive estate plan which includes all of the five critical

documents? Do you know what could happen if you don't have one or more of these documents in place? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering a free workshop to answer these questions, Five Critical Estate Planning Documents ...and five more you may want to consider on Thursday, August 29 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex, Conference Room B, 20 East Morris St., Bath.

Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, will lead both workshops and discuss such topics as:

  • What can happen if you never get around to completing your plan?
  • What do each of these documents do and what happens if you don't have them.
  • Learn how to prevent disaster from striking you and your loved ones.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300 to reserve a space. For more details visit


  • September 5: Probate Process, 1:00-2:45 p.m. at the Southeast Steuben County Library
  • October 2: Clear the Clutter, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Hornell Library
  • October 16: Five Critical Documents, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Hornell Library

Money As You Grow Bookshelf expands to more libraries

Many parents and caregivers are eager to build a good financial literacy foundation for their

kids, but might not feel they have enough time, tools, and confidence. Fortunately, many of the building blocks for financial well-being - like patience, planning, and problem-solving - don't require a lot of financial know-how. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County successfully piloted The Money as You Grow Bookshelf at the Dormann Library in Bath in June. The 4-session series is a family financial education program that uses children's books to help families learn key money concepts through reading, play, and quiet one-on-one talks. Children hear a story and do activities while the parents talk with our Financial Educator.

And now the program is coming to the Wayland Library and the Steele Memorial Library this fall. Follow the link below to learn more and to sign up!

Read more here....

Preparing for College? Start with our Students Loans 101 Session

Student Loans 101 by Amy Irvine, CFP of Rooted Planning Group

Student Loans 101 by Amy Irvine, CFP of Rooted Planning Group

6th Annual Southern Tier Women's Financial Conference 

Five wishes is the beginning of a conversation

Each attendee will receive a copy of this book

Five Wishes  is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how

they want to be cared for at the end of life. It is America's most popular living will with more than 35 million copies in circulation.

Five Wishes is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all of a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps to guide and structure discussions with your family and physician, making conversations easier.

  • It's written in everyday language, making it easy to understand and complete.
  • It covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal wishes all in one document.
  • It allows your family or caregiver to know exactly what you want, relieving them from the difficult position of guessing your wishes.
  • Five Wishes is legally valid in most states. The document includes all the instructions and information that you need to create a valid advance directive. We know from countless stories from families that have benefited from Five Wishes that it usually starts with one person who learns about the program, completes it, and then shares it with his or her entire family. Be the person who shares this gift with those you love.(A tool to assist in starting and documenting your wishes.)

For the lineup of keynotes and other hot topics, visit the conference website here. To register your tickets now visit 

Nutrition Education: Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York!

How to choose the best drinks at picnics and BBQs, sports events, or on the go...

One habit some people slide into over the summer is drinking sugary beverages - at picnics and BBQs, sports events or on the go. Sugar-sweetened beverages, like regular soda, energy or sports drinks and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which

provide more calories than needed. They can give you a quick burst of energy, but often leave you feeling tired, irritable and hungry soon after. And as parents and teachers know, tired and hungry kids can't learn.

So what can we do about this?  Try starting out with these simple changes:

  1. Choose water instead of sports drinks. Kids and teens often rely on energy or sports drinks to stay hydrated and for extra energy for sports practice after school. However, water from the tap is an easy and thrifty option wherever you are. Keep reusable water bottles filled and in the fridge for on-the-go refreshment.
  2. Flavor water with fruits, vegetables or herbs. For a tasty twist on plain water add cucumber, watermelon, berries, lemons, oranges, limes, mint, basil or rosemary.  Or just use whatever fruits and vegetables you have on hand!
  3. Create a kid-friendly drink zone in your home. Keep a pitcher of ice cold water, or seltzer, low-fat milk, and 100% juice in the fridge, to make it easy for kids to quench their thirst. Kids mirror their role models; set a good example by enjoying healthy drinks yourself.

Drinking water can help you stay hydrated and energized throughout the day. With a few small changes, you too can make the healthy beverage choice the easy choice! For more tips and recipes visit

Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


FLESNY August Recipes:

For more information about healthy eating and active living in the Finger Lakes, check out Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York and like us on Facebook!

EFNEP: Helping Families Eat Better for Less!

Freezing Bell Peppers

Green, red, yellow and orange bell peppers are abundant this month at farmers' markets and farm stands. Bell peppers are perfect for freezing to use during the winter in any cooked dish. Bell peppers are an incredible bargain in the summer compared to $4 per pound or

more during the winter months.

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation website ( it is easy to freeze bell peppers.

  1. Prepare peppers by selecting crisp, blemish free peppers. Wash, cut out stems, cut in half and remove seeds. Cut into strips, rings or pieces.
  2. Place raw, cut peppers in freezer zip top bags or freezer containers, leaving no headspace.
  3. Remove air (if using zip top bags), seal and freeze!

During the winter months, use your frozen bell peppers in soups, stews and casseroles. It's so nice to be able to have peppers available when you want them and to know they are farm fresh and locally grown!

In Season This Month: Lots of Fruits and Vegetables

While visiting your local farmers' market, look for these farm fresh fruits and vegetables: green and yellow beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, leeks, mustard greens, onions, peppers, potatoes, radishes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, winter and summer squash, apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, peaches, pears and plums. Don't forget to use your Farmers' Market Nutrition coupons, your WIC fruit and vegetable check or EBT card.

 View the latest EFNEP Newsletter here 

Download our Steuben County EFNEP brochure here

4-H changes lives, helping youth to become confident, mature adults ready to succeed in today's challenging world.

4-H/FFA Market Animal Sale

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1:00 PM 

Mark your calendars for the 47th annual Steuben County 4-H and FFA Market Animal Sale

4-H & FFA raised Chickens,, Turkeys, Rabbits, Lambs, Hogs, Steers and Goats will be available. Event will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion (Directly behind the Sheep and Swine Barn)

For questions contact:

  • Robert Nadjadi 607-329-5718
  • Sabrina Elliott  607-329-7103
  • Jen Hammond  607-346-5492
  • Teresa Chapman 607-368-1674
  • David Patton  607-590-7566

Download the Sale Flyer here.

2019 County Fair Dates: August 13-18

 4-H  Schedule 


ENTRIES STILL OPEN FOR Vegetables, Cut Flowers & Fruit! 
Fair Cleanup Day:  Sunday, August 4 from 10:30 am-1:00 pm. 
More information and to sign-up, click here. 
Contact Loree Symonds:  by Wed., July 31. 

at the Youth Building to receive completion credit.  
Lunch provided.
Youth Building Teen leaders needed:
Monday, August 12th to assist with judging in the youth building. 
Tues.-Sat.  to help in the Youth Building
More information and to sign-up, click here
or contact Loree Symonds:  by Wed., July 31.

Wanted: Clubs, Family Group or Youth Groups
For Youth Building Activities Wed., Thurs, or Fri. afternoon for 2 hours.  Times are flexible.
Show case a project.  Involve the public in a Make It Take It Activity.

For more information click here.

or contact Loree Symonds


visit here for more information about the Steuben County Robotics Program 

For more information visit the 2018 NYS Fair Robotics Challenge since the 2019 NYS 4-H Robotics Challenge has not been released yet. The 2019 State Fair Robotics Challenge is Sunday, September 1, 2019


Steuben County Fair Dog Show:
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. 

NYS Fair Dog Show: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019


Do you have any goat youth in your county that are training or working with a pack goat?  We will be offering two pack goat classes at the NYS Fair this year for youth with pack goat projects.  The youth pack goat classes at the NYS Fair are not intended for dairy or meat goat exhibitors who want to run an obstacle course for "the fun of it". There is a fun class for just that purpose on the last day of the youth goat activities at the NYS Fair. Instead, pack goat classes at the NYS Fair are intended for youth training and/or conditioning their goat for packing at the county level.

In order to exhibit at the NYS Fair, pack goats must be at least 6 months old. They may be wethers, fertile does, sterile does or hermaphrodites. They may be ANY breed and can be disbudded, polled or horned depending on county criteria. However, no bucks may be shown in any youth goat classes at the NYS Fair. The Youth Pack Goat Show will be held Saturday, August 24th at 9:00 am. Just like all other youth goat exhibitors, pack goats and their youth need to be in place at the fair by 9 am Wed. Aug 21st and leave the fair on Tuesday evening, Aug 27th.

The 2019 NYS Fair youth goat exhibitor letter, goat entry forms, youth livestock premium book are all available online

For more information contact Dr. Tatiana Stanton at or 607-229-9066.

New York State Fair

Steuben County 4-H'ers will be at the state fair from August 30-September 2. Come up and visit our booth!

Community Events

Vendor Space available at the 13th annual Outdoor Show

Watch here for upcoming details or stay in touch with the show on Facebook at SouthernTierOutdoorShow and on Instagram at STOutdoorShow.


For more information  visit  To contact the show call Carla Dawejko at 607-857-1977, email,  or write Southern Tier Outdoor Show, PO Box 134, Big Flats, New York 14814. 

Thank you for joining us this month!

We hope some of the programs and information we have offered above will be of service to you and your family. If we can help in any way, please call us at 607-664-2300.


Carla Dawejko
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County  


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County 

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