At the ribbon cutting of the USDA Headquarters People’s Garden in April 2010 plans were already in place to install a beehive on the roof of the Whitten Building as well as a “bee-cam” so anyone anywhere could learn about bee activity. USDA’s newest ‘buzzing’ residents were welcomed on Earth Day but the bee cam was put on hold. 18 gallons of honey later, that idea has finally come to bee. See what the bees are up to on any given day by viewing the video buzz.
The Census of Agriculture is conducted every 5 years, for the same years as the Economic Census and the Census of Governments. Starting with reference year 1997, the agriculture census has been conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For 1992 and earlier years, the census was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau or its predecessors. The Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.
Various Employment Positions will be available for those working to work as a field hand at Canticle Farm.
Allegany County 4-H has attended District Dairy Bowl for the past several years. This year the our team consisted of the following 4-H members: Megan Jozwiak (14, Hinsdale), Elana Emerson (14, Cuba), Molly Emerson (17, Cuba), Lily McGovern (17, Belmont), Josh Deichmann (18, Belmont), Michael Deichmann (17, Belmont) , Alyssa Santangelo (17, Cuba), Elizabeth Burrows (18, Cuba), Logan Torrey (11, Angelica), Noah Santangelo (13, Cuba), Kyla Jozwiak (10, Hinsdale), Alexis Deichmann (11, Belmont), Zach Deichmann (14, Belmont), Josie (13, Rushford) and Kimmi Litchner (14, Rushford).
The 4-H horse program is off to a good start with our educational contests. On February 15th at the Ellicottville Central School we kicked off our year with public presentations. We set up a special room for the Regional Horse Communications (a contest where youth speak/Present on a horse topic in front of judges. The winners go on to represent our County at the Region contest held this year in Cuba, NY on April 5th.
A new aquatic invader has been identified in the neighboring County of Chautauqua. The Water Chestnuts have moved in and practically taken over the Jamestown Audubon's Big Pond, in just six years after first identification. With efforts from volunteers, continually over the summer, the Audubon is working to reverse and prevent more occurances. More recently, these plants have been pulled from Chautauqua Lake, and then 14 more plants were found in Akeley Swamp in 2013. This swamp is adjacent to the Conewango Creek which is a tributary to the Allegheny River. So far it has yet to make it
Learn something about land, nature, growing and more at Cornell University Cooperative Extension's 22nd Annual Rural Landowner Workshop. There will be an open session on the Ecology of Alaska followed by three concurrent sessions with four classes per session and you must choose one class per session.
Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b was enacted in 2003 to provide for the designation of an annual 30-day period during which landowners may submit requests for the inclusion of predominately viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district. Cattaraugus County has designated January 2 through January 31, 2014 as this 30-day period.
By: Carol Sitarski, Master Gardener, Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CCE)
“The worms crawl in the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle in your mouth”. Remember that song from childhood? Well, those are not the worms we gardeners so love. This fall while I was putting in some last minute bulbs on a cold fall day I was surprised to find our little friends still close to the surface and it started me thinking about what earthworms do in the winter. During my research I discovered some facts about earthworms that were very interesting. We all know earthworms dramatically alter soil structure, water movement, nutrient dynamics and plant growth. Right?!
Did you know, the best time to test your soil and adjust its pH level is NOW, in the fall, NOT in the spring! Any amendments you add to your soil can take up to 6 months to work their magic (i.e., lime or sulphur).
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are hosting fall pH clinics starting Sept. 15th.