Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, agriculture, Warsaw, 4-H.

Information sourced from a press release

The Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors recently selected Laura Fuller as its new executive director. Starting on Oct. 2, Fuller will lead the 100-year-old organization, as well as provide regional oversight for the Western Shared Business Network.

Fuller received her master’s degree from Ohio State University with specializations in sociology of agriculture, rural community studies, and community development.

“I am so excited to join the Wyoming County CCE team. Seeing the beauty of Wyoming County and the dedication of the staff and volunteers made it an easy decision,” Fuller said. “From meeting local stakeholders who took time out of their busy days to show me their farms and businesses, to the incredible turnout at the job presentations, it is clear that the citizens in Wyoming County care about what we do, and I look forward to being a part of that.”

Early in her Cooperative Extension career, Fuller worked in Ohio’s urban communities setting up 4-H After School clubs for at-risk youth. Additionally, she taught healthy nutrition in fourth-grade classrooms. She has held appointments as a 4-H educator and community development educator specializing in workforce, organizational, and leadership development. She is an experienced grant writer and has also served on regional and national committees to advance the work of Cooperative Extension.

Serving as an ombudsman for the Navy, Fuller worked with reservists and their families to overcome problems during mobilizations. She also served to support military families in times of crisis.

“We have long-tenured staff and volunteers who are competent, respected leaders and we sought someone with business acumen and roots in research to ensure that our future programming fully explores the needs of our community while addressing our long-term viability,” said Board President Keith Kibler. “We are confident Laura will add incredible energy and passion to an already impressive team at CCE of Wyoming County.”

For more information on Wyoming County CCE visit Wyoming.cce.cornell.edu.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, agriculture, announcements, Pike, 4-H.



(Captions at bottom of story.)

Information sourced from a press release, photos submitted:

A total of 1,040 exhibits were judged and awarded ribbons this year at the Wyoming County Fair in Pike. Additionally, 153 4-H Cloverbud exhibits were on display and awarded participation ribbons. Several displays and activities in the Youth Building reflected this year’s fair theme – Hometown Pride Shared County Wide.

Castile County Kids 4-H Club received First Place Blue for their 4-H Club educational exhibit. Master Builders 4-H Club won Second Place Blue and The Zoo Crew 4-H Club earned Third Place Blue.

Throughout the week, 32 4-H’ers repeated their public presentations and 22 mannequin-modeled in the Youth Building at the Pike Fair.

There were 160 exhibits from Wyoming County 4-H'ers at the New York State Fair in Syracuse Sept. 1-4. At State Fair, Wyoming County 4-H'ers were awarded 106 Blue Ribbons, 34 Red Ribbons, four White Ribbons and 13 Participation Ribbons (for Cloverbud exhibits).

The following 4-H member's projects were chosen to represent Wyoming County at the Pike fair and were on exhibit at this year’s New York State Fair:

Communications & Expressive Arts

    • Elliana Wolcott

Food & Nutrition (including Preserved Foods)

    • Jack Heppner

    • Allison Herrick

    • Derek Ikeler

    • Jodilee Ikeler

    • Aidan Kimpel

    • Lilah Stroud

    • Nathan Zywiczynski

    • Macy Boss

    • Danielle Herrick

    • Noelle Milhollen

    • Morgan Milhollen

    • Autumn Milhollen

    • Dylan Mirrione

    • Autumn Patterson

    • David Zywiczynski

    • Abigail Parker (3 items)

    • Grace Zywiczynski

    • Nathan Perl

    • Rachel Zielinski

    • Kelsey Arnold

    • Katie Fisher

    • Mya Hardie

    • Gae Mysliwiec

    • Isabella Noon

    • Elliana Wolcott

Fine Arts & Crafts

    • Rebecca Semmel

    • Emelyn Bell

    • Grace Kunze (2 items)

    • Megan Minkel (3 items)

    • Payton Romance

    • Grace Zywiczynski

    • Ashley Peila

    • Sorrell Brown

    • Bridgette Deer

    • Sylvia Waligora

    • Alexis Johnson

    • Katie Fisher

    • Danielle Herrick

    • Mary Jane Mathis (2 items)

    • Abigail Schreiber (2 items)

Hobby Crafts & Home Environment

    • Mary Jane Mathis (2 items)

    • Abigail Schreiber

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Elliana Wolcott

    • Kelsey Arnold

    • Katelyn Hardie

    • Macy Boss

    • Rebecca Semmel (2 items)

Child Development/Care

    • Rebecca Semmel

Wearable Art

    • Emily Brown

    • Abigail Skillman

Textile & Clothing

    • Katie Fisher

    • Lilly Auger

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Carlee Fisher

    • Linsey Rissinger

    • Katie Terry (2 items)

    • Miriam Shepard

    • Lea Tokarczyk

***Additionally, Abigail Parker had her dress selected for State Fair but could not have it formally judged due to her participation in the NYS Fair Fashion Revue.

Visual Arts/Photography

    • Nate Zywiczynski (2 items)

    • Rebecca Semmel

    • Noah Almeter

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Alexa Domes (2 items)

    • Isabella Noon

    • Katie O’Hare (2 items)

    • Sarah Phillips (2 items)

    • Rebekah Spicer (2 items)

    • Katie Terry

    • Meredyth Weaver

    • David Zywiczynski


    • Elizabeth Skrzpek (4 items)

    • David Zywiczynski (8 items)

    • Grace Zywiczynski (8 items)

    • Joe Zielinski (5 items)

    • Mary Zielinski (4 items)

    • Rachel Zielinski (5 items)

Cut Flowers

    • Erika Conrad (3 items)

    • Rachel Hatch (4 items)

    • Grace Kunze (6 items)

    • Addison Zielenieski (4 items)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

    • Abby Lewandowski

    • Colton Auger

    • Ella Szucs

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Naomi Shepard

Cloverbud Exhibits

    • Eleanor Perl

    • Mary Harwood

    • Emily Harwood

    • Trinity Smith (2 items)

    • Abilene Foss

    • Owen Norton

    • Ashley Youngers

    • Madison Youngers

    • Izabelle Carmichael

    • Kaylee Powell

    • Charlotte Kirsch

Below are 4-H'ers who represented Wyoming County in the following events at the State Fair:

State Fair Fashion Revue

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Genevieve Homac

    • Abigail Parker

    • Hannah Spicer

    • Rebekah Spicer

    • Natalie Standish

    • Margot Treadwell

    • Mary Zielinski

State Fair Produced in NYS Foods Presentation

    • Macy Boss

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Elliana Wolcott

Teen Evaluators

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Genevieve Homac

    • Abigail Parker

    • Mary Zielinski

    • Aurora Mysliwiec

County Booth Teen Leaders

    • Abigail Schreiber

    • Aurora Mysliwiec

    • Mary Zielinski

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Genevieve Homac

    • Abigail Parker

    • Hannah Spicer

    • Rebekah Spicer

    • Natalie Standish

    • Margot Treadwell

Iron Chef Competition Wyoming County 4-Her’s

    • Abigail Schreiber

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Abby Parker

    • Natalie Standish

Adult Volunteer Helper

    • Kay Swyers

The following Wyoming County 4-H’ers for received purple “Special Recognition” rosettes at the State Fair:

    • Nathan Perl – maple syrup

    • Danielle Herrick – basket

    • Abigail Schreiber – genealogy

    • Mary Jane Mathis – crocheted wool slouch hat

    • Emily Brown – knitted cable hat

    • Katie Fisher – lined Jacket

    • Katie Terry – prom dress

For more information about 4-H, call the CCE of Wyoming County 4-H office at (585) 786- 2251 or visit http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/

Top photos -- captions:

Top photo: Castile County Kids 4-H Club members and their First Place education booth at the Wyoming County Fair.

Second photo: Wyoming County 4-H'ers mannaquin model at the NY State Fair. First row: Margot Treadwell. Second row, seated from left: Hannah Spicer, Rebekah Spicer, Natalie Standish. From left, standing are: Mary Zielinski, Caleigh Castlevetere and Abby Parker.

Bottom photos -- captions:

Below: NYS Fair Produced in NYS Foods Contest participants, from left: Elliana Wolcott, Macy Boss and Alexa Wolcott.

Bottom: Wyoming County 4-H'ers who participated in the NYS Fair Iron Chef Competition, from left: Natalie Standish, Abigail Schreiber, Caleigh Castlevetere and Abby Parker.



Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, agriculture, 4-H, announcements.

Press release:

Legislation is currently being debated in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce that would lower the tax burden for students involved in 4-H programs and provide them with an opportunity to invest their earnings in future projects, college funds, or savings accounts. Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement, in which he highlighted his support for the bipartisan legislation titled the Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017.

“4-H programs offer constructive ways for students to expand their knowledge of agriculture and animal sciences,” Collins said. “With agriculture being the largest industry in New York’s 27th Congressional District, those who participate in local 4-H programs will soon be amongst the primary contributors to Western New York’s economy. For this reason alone, it’s critically important that incentives are set in place that will drive up participation and spread awareness of 4-H programs.”

If signed into law, the Act would create a tax exemption for the first $5,000 of revenue earned by students 18 years old or younger from either the sale of livestock or agriculture projects completed through 4-H or Future Farmers of America programs. In effect, it will eliminate the tax-filing burden for eligible students and allow them to invest their earnings in future projects or college funds.

“Plain and simple, the Student Agriculture Protection Act is an investment in the next generation of American farmers. This bill will have a direct and positive impact on New York’s 27th Congressional District and will ensure the U.S. remains the world leader in agriculture. As a proud cosponsor, I will continue my advocacy in support of this legislation to ensure it is put up for a vote on the House Floor.”

For more information on H.R. 1626, the Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017, click here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, government, 4-H, Warsaw, Eagle, Castile.



Two Wyoming County 4-H’ers each received a Certificate of Recognition from the county Board of Supervisors during the monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw. Danielle Herrick and Madelynn Olin were recognized for their presentations at the 4-H Public Presentation Days held at Warsaw High School in February. 

The Public Presentation program is designed to enhance 4-H’ers public speaking skills by researching a subject and organizing their ideas in a logical order. Additionally, the program helps the youth gain confidence and self-esteem while developing the ability to think and speak in front of a group of people about something that interests them, 4-H officials say.

Danielle, 14, is the daughter of Will and Louise Herrick, of Eagle. She is a seven-year member of the Barnstormers 4-H Club. Her formal presentation titled “Dairy Advocacy” highlighted how animal rights groups shine a negative light on the dairy industry, and how positive activism can “provide people with the facts about milk and the dairy industry.”

Madelynn, 11, has been a member of the Castile Country Kids 4-H Club for the past six years. She is the daughter of Justine and Jessica Olin, of Castile. Her illustrated talk was titled “Mary Jemison, White Woman of the Genesee.” Along with the drawings and written information about Jemison’s life depicted on poster board next to her, Madelynn told of the woman’s life and how she came to rest in Letchworth State Park.

Attica Town Supervisor Bryan Kehl presented the girls with the certificates.

In other board matters:

    • Chairman Doug Berwanger is authorized to sign a contract with Adecco Staffing Agency and provides for a temporary clerical worker for the Office for the Aging until the results of the Civil Service list are available, effective March 18 through June 30;

    • Proclamation declaring April Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, and Alcohol Awareness Month in Wyoming County;

    • Chairman authorized to sign a contract with Hillside Children’s Center for: two additional parenting classes to be taught in the Wyoming County Jail for an additional funding amount of $2,016.62; additional funding for Children’s Health Home Services – $939; and a reduction of $76 for Family Support Services.

    • The GLOW area (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) has been designated as a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Area (WIOA) under the WIOA Act of 2014. Additionally, Wyoming County Community Action is the system partner providing WIOA adult, dislocated worker, and youth program services in Wyoming County, effective July 1;

    • Proclamation stating May 7 through 13 is Travel and Tourism Week in the county; 

    • The Wyoming County Ag and Business Center’s Use of Facilities Policy and Fee Schedule has been approved; 

    • Roberta Curry has been appointed to the GLOW Solid Waste Planning Committee and Glow Regional Solid Wast Management Committee, through Dec. 31; 

    • NOMAD Enterprises Inc., 6270 Abbott Road, Silver Springs, won the contract for law maintenance services at various county buildings – not to exceed $8,160; and ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Walden Avenue, Buffalo, was awarded a contract for elevator maintenance services at the Courthouse-Government Center and Public Safety Building, Main Street, Warsaw – not to exceed $24,840; and

    • The Highway Department abolished one position – bridge construction mechanic, and created two – heavy equipment operator, and sign maintenance working supervisor; the Sheriff’s Department created two positions – administrative assistant (Sheriff), and part-time corrections officer; and the Health Department abolished the position of public health nurse, and created the position of community health nurse II.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, events, 4-H, agriculture.


Press release (photo submitted):

Sponsored by the Wyoming County 4-H Leaders’ Association, the annual Wyoming County 4-H Cookie Sale will take place March 7 through 21. 

The proceeds from this sale support numerous opportunities for 4-H members and volunteers including: educational award trips, camperships at 4-H Camp Wyomoco, supplemental 4-H project materials used by leaders and members, club teaching materials, National 4-H Week support, 4-H member and leader pins, scholarships for 4-H leaders to attend specialized trainings, and other program incentives.

The cost of cookies is $3.50 per package. The varieties include: Caramel Coconut Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge Patties, Lemon Crème Sandwiches, Maple Leaf Crème Sandwiches, and Chocolate Raspberry Whippets.

Buying cookies from local 4-H’ers supports its members, Leaders’ Association, and the county’s 4-H program.

For more information call (585) 786-2251.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, 4-H, Warsaw, Castile.


Hannah Holmes, of Warsaw


Ezra Conklin, of Castile

Press release (photos submitted):

How to make skunk spray for a dog, the evolution of the John Deere combine, healthy living, lamb care, horse safety, GMOs, and maple syrup production – these are just a few of the topics 167 youth gave presentations on at this year’s 4-H Public Presentations Days.

The event, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE), was held at Warsaw Central High School Feb. 8 and 18.

The 4-H Public Presentations Program helps youth enhance their public speaking skills. Additionally, they learn the research process, gain confidence and self-esteem, while developing the ability to think and speak in front of a group of people about something that interests them.

4-H’ers had the opportunity to organize, prepare, and present a demonstration, an illustrated talk, a formal speech, a recitation, or a dramatic interpretation before an audience. The kids were offered constructive feedback and positive reinforcement by more than 17 4-H volunteers and community members. 

4-H teens were also encouraged to take advantage of an “interview” option – the opportunity to prepare a resume and participate in a formal interview. Junior and senior outstanding presenters were awarded an opportunity to advance to the next level of competition. Western District 4-H Presentations will be hosted by Erie County 4-H and held April 1 in Buffalo.

To find out more about the program or 4-H, call (585) 786- 2251 or visit http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, 4-H, Wyoming.


Press release, photo submitted.

Which side of the dinner plate does the fork go on? Does the sharp edge of a knife face toward or away from the plate? Do table manners differ depending on the social situation?

A group of 46 teenagers gathered at the Village Inn, Wyoming, for the 2nd annual 4-H Teen Leaders Etiquette Dinner. The event gave kids an opportunity to learn about proper table manners and social etiquette for semi-formal and formal occasions.

A mealtime discussion of how to conduct oneself in public was led by Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. Gardner also covered such topics as the proper use of spoons. Not only did the youths learn something new, a few of the attending adults learned a thing or two as well. According to Gardner, it is improper to use a spoon to eat mashed potatoes. Additionally, spoons are only to be used with liquid-related foods such as drinks, soups and desserts.

A new addition to the program this year was a social hour. The teens' objective was to learn as much about the other 45 members of the party as they could. The only rule: they could not sit at the tables to talk, they had to mingle with each other throughout the room. Gardner said the point of the exercise was to train the youth on “how to conduct themselves in a setting where socialization is imperative.”

“The youth did a phenomenal job networking and showed themselves to be very successful communicators,” said event organizers.

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, CCE, 4-H, Arcade, Warsaw.

Joshua Spicer and Allison Herrick received the Outstanding 4-H’er of the Year award at a ceremony held by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). The pair was recognized for its exceptional achievement over the past year and throughout its time in 4-H. According to officials at CCE, the teens “embody the ideals of 4-H both in character and in action.”

4-H leaders Debbie Nickerson and Sandy Fontaine were also recognized for their outstanding work. Both received the 4-H Leaders of the Year award by members of the Barnyard Crew 4-H Club, Colton and Chloe Raiber. The Barnyard Crew has approximately 60 members that meet in the Arcade area. In addition to their ability to manage such a sizable club, CCE officials report, Nickerson and Fontaine were commended for their “care for youth, commitment to positive development and fun attitudes.”

Each year, Wyoming County 4-H recognizes members of the Wyoming County Community for their impact on the program with the Friend of 4-H Award. The 2015 recipients of the award include William Kent, Inc., Arcade Elementary School, and Margaret Galton. All three of these friends have made a huge impact in the work that 4-H is able to do in the county, according to Cornell.

Auctioneers at Kent have been a longtime supporter of the Wyoming County 4-H Program and an integral part of the Meat Animal Auction each year at the Wyoming County Fair in Pike.

Galton, often known as Mugsy the Clown, is often seen at 4-H events doing face painting and balloon art for the kids' amusement.

The Arcade Elementary School has been a friend to 4-H in many ways, including welcoming 4-H after school clubs to the community and integrating 4-H Ag in the Classroom lessons into their curriculum. 

The recognition night for 4-H is always an exciting time as the program reflects on another fantastic year, said program officials.

For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program, e-mail wyomingcounty4h@cornell.edu or call (585) 786-2251.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, agriculture, 4-H, Bliss, Strykersville, Java, education.


The Wyoming County 4-H Dairy Judging program has been in full swing for the past six months.

Youths from 8 to 18 years of age compete by observing four cows and placing them in order by taking into account their size, dairy strength, style, udder attachment, and more. The competition teaches the kids to make decisions, observations, note taking, and knowledge based on the notes they have taken, without looking at the cows. Additionally, senior members, those 14 years and older, must give a presentation to the judge defending their decision.

The competition is timed: 12 minutes to judge the class and 20 minutes to prepare a set of reasons for the decision. While the subject matter is cows, 4-H officials contend, the skills learned carry over to all aspects of their lives.

“Dairy judging has helped me learn to make decisions quickly and be able to justify them with detail,” said 4-H member Allison Herrick, of Bliss. 

According to 4-H officials, the kids hard work and dedication paid off at this year’s New York State Fair.

The following are the results from the contest:

    • Junior Team placed first;

    • Senior Team placed second; and

    • Novice Team placed fourth.

Individual results were as follows:

    • Angie George, of Strykersville, took Third Place individual;

    • Allison Herrick, of Bliss, took Fourth Place individual;

    • Colleen Perl, of Strykersville, took Sixth Place individual;

    • Skylar Erickson, of Java, took Eighth Place individual; and 

    • Nick George, of Strykersville, took 13th Place individual.

And the competition doesn’t end yet for the seniors who placed in the top spots. This fall, Angie will be representing New York in Louisville, Ky., at the NAILE competition; Colleen will be attending the National 4-H Dairy Judging contest in Madison, Wis., at the World Dairy Expo; and Allison will be competing at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa..

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 11:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, agriculture, 4-H, Arcade, Warsaw, Pike.



September can be a transitional month for some; fall is just around the corner, school begins, and football season starts. However, September also marks the end and beginning for the 4-H year.

According to Wyoming County 4-H program leaders, 2015 was filled with success. In June, the program reached 1,000 youth members. Wyoming County solidified its standing with the largest 4-H Youth program in New York State. Additionally, youth participation at the Wyoming County Fair increased in almost every sector, as did involvement from adult leaders and volunteers. The program also saw an increased breadth of programming geared toward reaching teens and young children through the 4-H Teen Leadership Program and Countywide Cloverbud Club.

This year’s Ag in the Classroom successfully integrated agriculture into the standard school curriculum as well. School gardens, Ag field days, and fun food projects were just a few of the ways Ag in the Classroom was used.

“With an increasing amount of public interest and support for the program,” said 4-H Community Educator Jessica Nickerson. “I believe we will continue to see schools increase the inclusion of agriculture lessons in their classroom.”

During the past year, 4-H after school programs have been added at Pioneer Central School, as well as lessons in agriculture throughout all of Wyoming County school districts. The traditional club-based program has continued to grow with an increase in youth and leader enrollment as well.

With one-in-five youths already enrolled in the program, program officials see 4-H gaining more momentum and strength in the upcoming 2016 year.

For more information about the 4-H Youth Program call (585) 786-2251 or e-mail wyomingcounty4h@cornell.edu.



Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm


Although Dairy Month has passed, Wyoming County 4-H dairy participants remain busy year round.

The 4-H dairy program focuses on developing youth’s knowledge of dairy cattle and the industry, while building skills like teamwork, responsibility, leadership and sportsmanship. The program offers events such as the Dairy Bowl, judging, challenge, and a fitting and showing clinics. These events culminate at the dairy cattle show and exhibit at the Wyoming County Fair, Aug. 15 through 23 at the fairgrounds in Pike.

The Dairy Bowl generally takes place in January and texts participants knowledge in both team and individual events. The competition involves questions relating to cows, farm practices, environmental aspects of farming, and dairy products. Top scoring individuals have an opportunity to advance to the district and state levels.

Two judging events take place in Mach and April. Held at three local farms, 4-Hers judge two classes of dairy cows. Each class is comprised of four cows of the same breed and age. The judging is based on the Dairy Cow Unified Score Card. An official judge is on hand who will then place the animals in the correct class and explains their reasoning behind the placements. Again, top-scoring individuals have an opportunity to advance on to the district and state levels. 

The Dairy Challenge allows the youths to get hands-on experience identifying farm equipment, products, feeds and forages, cow reproductive systems and equipment, and breeds and parts of a dairy cow. The top four 4-Hers of the junior and senior class have an opportunity to compete at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, Aug. 27 through Sept. 7.

According to the Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), the county fair is the most anticipated event of a 4-Her’s summer; nearly 200 are enrolled as dairy program participants. There are two 4-H dairy shows held during fair week: Showmanship on Aug. 18 and Breed and Composition on Aug. 20. Not only do the kids show their cows, there are expected to care for their animal all day and answer any dairy related questions posed to them.

For more information on the 4-H dairy program or other 4-H programs call (585) 786-2251 or visit www.wyomingcounty4H.com.

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, 4-H, Warsaw, announcements.

Press release:

For the first time in six years, Wyoming County 4-H has exceeded 1,000 enrolled youth members. This is a huge milestone for involvement in youth development in Wyoming County. With one in six youth in the county enrolled in the program, 4-H has established itself as an effective force for positive change within the county.

4-H is an organization committed to helping kids reach their full potential through participation in workshops, projects and competitions.

As a club-based program, the majority of 4-H members meet in a club setting, with one of 220 adult volunteers. Throughout the county there are 86 clubs, focusing on a variety of topics ranging from livestock and family and consumer sciences, to specified interest areas such as hiking and Lego creations. Over the years, as interests have changed, the 4-H program has evolved as well. To keep up with changing interests and community needs the 4-H Program has made diverse programming opportunities a priority.

Wyoming County 4-H celebrates this milestone both as a testament to the impact of positive youth development on a community and to the commitment of families to the 4-H program. 

For more information about the 4-H Youth Program in Wyoming County, call (585) 786-2251 or e-mail wyomingcounty4h@cornell.edu.

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm


(Photo submitted by the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension.)

Business 101 requires one part determination, one part motivation and one part know-how. Three county high school students showed their moxy in the first Wyoming County Startup Business Plan Competition. The teenaged entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges on May 2 in a contest that began in January, the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension reports.

Payden Buchholz, Kelsey O’Hare and Ryan Hamilton, completed four stages of the contest: a Business 101 seminar, submission of their executive summary, a feasibility analysis, and pitching the idea to a panel of judges.

The seminar taught the students about financing, marketing, creating a brand, and how to look at the feasibility of their idea. Stage two consisted of writing a paper laying the ground work for their business and why it was going to be successful. The feasibility analysis explained why their business would endure. Finally, the entrepreneurs presented their idea to business leaders in Wyoming County.

Buchholz, a junior at Letchworth High School developed Northbound Apiaries, a bee rearing operation. O’Hare, a junior at Pioneer High School, founded a poultry, ewe, and club lambs farm. Hamilton, a sophomore at Letchworth High School, opened a heifer-raising operation called Triple H: Hamilton Heifer Housing.

All the plans have their businesses located in the county. Two of the competitors businesses are in operation and plan on using their award money to expand their operations. The third business owner will be using his award money for future education. 

The competition was open to any high school student that resided in a school district in the county or any Wyoming County 4-H member.

To learn more about the competition call the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension at (585) 786-2251. Information about next year’s competition will come out in the Fall.

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm


Photo submitted

For the passer-by, a farmer tilling his field may entrap one to feelings of a simpler, more nostalgic time period. However, as 13 kids from Wyoming County 4-H soon learned, farming is nothing like a Norman Rockwell painting. The 4-H’ers were part of a Teen Leaders trip to three agribusinesses in Wyoming County.

The Marquart Potato storage facility is fitted with sate-of-the-art equipment that allows for long-term potato storage. This allows the farm to store and distribute potatoes from August to June. The Marquart family stores and distributes millions of potatoes yearly from its Gainesville facility. According to the potato company’s owner Tom Marquart, their goal is to see potato distribution grow to be a year-round endeavor.

Following the potato farm, the teens toured McCormick’s Diary Farm, Bliss. The company not only showed the kids the rotary milking parlor, they got a sneak peak at the brand new manure processing facility. Although the facility is not yet complete, this facility will allow for the separation and utilization of manure components for multiple farm purposes. The McCormick Farm will be the first farm in New York to implement said system. 

The tour concluded with a visit to Blue Seal Feed Mill in Arcade. Blue Seal turns raw materials into usable feeds through a milling process. Blue Seal not only makes a variety of feeds for a multitude of animals, they also produce specialized feeds for manatee.

The agriculture tour gave the teens the opportunity to explore other fields of work within agriculture. McCormick’s farm officials honed in that point stating that that their new facility is going to need staff with education and experience in biology and chemistry.

For more information on Wyoming County 4-H programs call (585) 786-2251 or visit  www.wyomingcounty4H.com.

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:09 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, 4-H.



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Press release:

The Wyoming County 4-H horse program facilitates skills including responsibility, teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, time and money management, and a sense of self-worth. In an effort to create a positive environment for young horse enthusiasts, the 4-H program focuses on three main areas – educational events, safety components and riding events. 

Educational opportunities take place throughout the 4-H year which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Horse clubs organize in the fall each year and spend the winter months preparing for annual knowledge contests. One such contest is a quiz bowl structured around horse industry knowledge, call the Horse Bowl.  

Hippology is another contest where youth members can test their knowledge. Hippology is the study of the horse, participants work their way through stations identifying breeds, feedstuffs, equipment, judging, anatomy and health. To build and reinforce public speaking skills, youth can take part in a horse communications contest. Participants choose a topic, research it and develop a presentation. The top participants in each of these three contests have opportunities to advance to regional, state and national events. Feed mill tours, showmanship clinics, and horse health meetings, are just some of the additional opportunities offered at the county level.

To promote safe practices while working around horses and overall horsemanship, the New York State 4-H Horse Program requires that beginning youth complete riding evaluations before participating in county level riding activities. These safety evaluations conducted with volunteer evaluators, establish a participant’s comfort level around their project horse, knowledge of horse terminology and safety principles. Evaluators check over tack with youth for possible safety issues, check fit of equipment and review safe practices with participants. Youth also ride their horses as a part of the evaluation. This allows the evaluators to monitor horse and rider combinations and the ability of the rider to handle their horse in a safe manor while in the show ring. 

Riding events are undoubtedly the favorite component for most 4-H horse project members.  They give participants the opportunity to ride. The local 4-H program focuses on three riding disciplines – English, Western and Gymkhana (games). Clubs hold many riding advantages for members in addition to countywide riding events. Each year at the Wyoming County Fair, more than 100 4-H youth riders take to the main arena over a three day span. Riders from walk-trot to senior level start showing by 8 a.m. and put in a full days ride. Many 4-H horse clubs also participate in the Grand Parade, riding as units. Most 4-H horse youth would say that going to the fair with their horse, to ride and spend time with friends, is the favorite part of their summer. For more information on the Wyoming County 4-H horse program or other 4-H programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wyoming County contact (585) 786-2251 or visit  www.wyomingcounty4H.com.

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