Cornell Cooperative Extension

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is holding a dinner/workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

The event will feature speaker Debra Welch, who will speak on pollinators and simple honey recipes. Not only will she give a brief talk on pollinators and how they create honey, she will also conduct a hands-on demonstration of recipes using honey. Additionally, participants will be able to take some of their creations home along with a booklet of recipes put together by master gardeners.

The Master Gardeners will be providing dinner and dessert using locally grown foods. They will also be incorporating honey in some of the dishes, dressings and refreshments.

Preregistration by Sept. 20 is required. The cost is $20 per person.

To register online visit click here or call (585) 786-2251. 

For more information, visit or contact Don Gasiewicz at (585) 786-225, ext. 113, or via email at

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) will be moving to its new offices at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center. During the move, CCE will be closed during this time so that employees can focus on the relocation. 

If you need to reach CCE during the move call them at (585) 786-2251 and leave a voicemail or send an e-mail to They will do their best to return calls and e-mails during the move. However, telephone and internet service may be interrupted.

All programs during this time will be conducted as planned.

“CCE is excited to move into their new offices at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center,” stated CCE officials in a press release. “Your patience is appreciated as we make this move. CCE is looking forward to serving Wyoming County from their new location.”

The phone number will remain the same during the move and CCE will be open for business in the new location at 36 Center St., Suite B, Warsaw, on March 21.

Monday, February 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) and Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan's office, are working together to help promote locally grown products, at no cost to the seller. The Wyoming County "Eat Fresh, Buy Local" (EFBL) brochure is currently being updated. This brochure is a resource guide to find locally grown or produced agriculture products and agritourism venues in the county. The 2015 guide has been enormously popular both inside and outside of the county. This year, CCE is adding additional content to incentivize more community members to buying locally produced, raised, and crafted products.

The EFBL brochure is distributed at the CCE office, on its Web site, at community and regional events and meetings, as well as through the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office and Gallivan's office. 

The guide offers listings in baked goods; bedding plants/seeds/herbs; berries; breweries/wineries/cideries; community supported agriculture; dairy/cheeses; farm crafts; fresh eggs; flowers/trees; honey/honey products; maple products; meats/poultry; pumpkins/gourds/Indian corn; restaurant/deli; tree fruits/cider; and vegetables/sweet corn.

To participate in this advertising opportunity click here. The contact information at the top of the form is for CCE’s information only and will not be included in the brochure. Participants will receive 10 Eat Fresh, Buy Local brochures to share with their customers.

Complete and return the form by March 7 to: CCE-Wyoming County, Attention: Eat Fresh, Buy Local!, 401 N. Main St., Warsaw, NY 14569.

For more information call Sarah Carlson at (585) 786-2251 or e-mail

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Press release:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) along with the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center are offering a series of homesteading classes at the Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, Feb. 27. 

Sessions are designed to provide technical information to those thinking about becoming more self-sufficient. Insights on efficient use of resources, best management practices, and marketing techniques, benefitting new and existing producers alike, will be addressed.

Programming includes:

    • Assessing Your Resources, presented by Joan Petzen, farm business specialist, North West New York Dairy;

    • Assessing Suitability of Your Resources for Agricultural Endeavors, presented by Livestock and Field Crop Team. Taking stock of the resources available including land, buildings, people, equipment and financial;

    • Successful Vegetable Gardening, presented by Don Gasiewicz, Horticulture and Natural Resources community educator. Learn techniques like starting your own seeds, understanding your soil, and garden planning, to ensure your vegetable garden thrives this year. There are simple techniques to keep your garden weeds and plant diseases to a minimum for years to come;

    • Livestock and Poultry Requirements, presented by Debra Welch, Ag & Natural Resources program educator. Learn the basics of housing, feed and care requirements for small-scale poultry and livestock husbandry. What sort of return can be expected, and how to keep costs down;  

    • Food Preservation Basics, presented by Don Gasiewicz, Horticulture and Natural Resources community educator; and Pamela Washington, CCE master food preserver. Food preservation is more than just canning. Learn methods of preserving foods safely, as well as how to sign up for local hands-on food preservation workshops, offered throughout 2016;

    • Grazing Management 101, presented by Nancy Glazier, Small Farms specialist, North West New York Dairy Livestock and Field Crop Team. A discussion of pasture management strategies from permanent pasture to intensively rotated pasture. Animal management, fencing and water systems will be addressed in addition to renovating or establishing pastures and enhancing soil fertility to improve animal performance; and

    • Marketing Basics, presented by Sarah Carlson, Agriculture Economic Development community educator. Introduction to different market channels, the pros and cons of each and how to evaluate which markets work best for you and meet your needs. Introduction to social media and online marketing and how to use the Internet as a tool in your marketing tool kit.

The cost is $15 if enrolled in CCE or $20 if you are not. Pre-registration is required, contact Zach Amey, or to register online go to

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Wyoming County 4-H educators were awarded two national communicator awards at the National 4-H Association conference recently held in Portland, Ore.. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) 4-H community educators Nathan Smith and Tanya Nickerson, and 4-H member Emily Vandenbosch were awarded the national Periodical Publication Award for their work with the Teen Press Corps at the Wyoming County Fair the last two years. Nickerson and Smith also won the national Promotional Package Award for their work on the 4-H Duck Derby promotional materials.

Not only did the Wyoming County 4-H Program earn the excellence in communication awards, they earned recognition for club support and Meritorious Service for their list of achievements this year.

The entire 4-H staff was recognized for Excellence in Club Support on the North East Regional level as well. This award highlights the work the staff has done to create and maintain a healthy club-based 4-H program. This year, they exceeded 1,000 members, according to CCE Executive Director Shawn Tiede.

Roxanne Dueppengiesser was recognized on the national level with a Meritorious Service Award for her commitment and consistent excellence as a 4-H educator in the county. During the last 20 years, she has devoted herself to positive youth development in 4-H. Dueppengiesser has developed new programming and created opportunities for the kids to learn while “playing.”

Additionally, the 4-H staff has been working on developing materials to get the word out to the public about the club and what the 4-H’ers do throughout the year. They’ve implemented modern graphics and included more public communications with the community. Since beginning this effort a few years ago, the staff has earned a number of awards at the State level.

Nickerson and Smith were also recipients of statewide service awards and were recognized at the conference.

According to officials at CCE, the achievements of these educators is also a reflection on the Wyoming County community and the strength of its 4-H program, garnering the accolade as the largest and strongest 4-H program in New York State. 

For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program in the county e-mail or call (585) 786-2251.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:09 am


Press release and photo submitted:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County organized a maple tubing workshop for 30 maple producers in Gainesville. Hosted by longtime producer Gordon Putman, of Whispering Brook Farms, the workshop provided production information on methods, materials and management for the installation and practical use of maple tubing.

Attendees ranged from beginners and intermediate to experienced producers. NYS Maple Program Director and Cornell Maple Specialist Steve Childs lent his expertise and experience as guest speaker at the event. 

Childs provided information on how to make a tap site evaluation, commercial potential for maple sugarbush, and the results of his recent research on taphole sanitation and it effect on sap yields. His handouts included tables to determine the maximum number of taps that can be supported at a determined slope and the according distance in feet with vacuum pumps.

“The number of taps that can be properly supported on a 1-inch mainline depends on a number of factors including line loss due to friction, lengths of line, slope, sap volume, and vacuum capacity,” Childs said.

Putman also provided expert information regarding installation of lines, tensioning, choosing trees, and maintenance of sap lines. He also explained the arrangement of lines in the sugarbush, including determining slope, and the wet, dry, and vacuum lines. 

The next Cornell maple event will be the WNY Maple School on Jan. 16 at Letchworth Central School. Contact CCE Wyoming at (585) 786-2251 for more information.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:43 am


Press release:

Proponents of the Ag in the Classroom program launched in Wyoming County several years ago say it is succeeding in educating students about the role agriculture plays in our local and state economy. According to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) efforts are now under way to expand the program to more schools, including several in Erie County.

“Agriculture is the state’s leading industry and is so important to our way of life in Western New York,” Gallivan said. “The Ag in the Classroom program gives students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture the fundamentals that they need and it gives all students a greater appreciation for the industry and its impact on our community.”

Gallivan secured state funding for the Ag in the Classroom program, which began in Wyoming County in 2013. The program is administered through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) in partnership with offices in Erie and Livingston counties and is offered to schools in all three counties. Since its inception, the program has grown and has expanded to more than 13 schools, reaching more than 18,000 students. 

“Through the Ag in the Classroom program we are able to educate students about the agriculture opportunities all around them,” said CCE Executive Director Shawn Tiede. “Teachers are engaging Ag in the Classroom Educators on a daily basis to deliver over 30 different hands-on lessons to their students. Due to the success of this program agriculture education is now a vibrant part of our student’s education.”

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm
Event Date and Time: 
November 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) will be holding its Annual Meeting at 7  to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the CCE Office, Main Street, Warsaw. Any resident in Wyoming County who takes an interest in agriculture in the county is encouraged to attend. 

The meeting will include topics on Agriculture program overviews and highlights, 4-H, and CCE’s vision for next year. Additionally, nominations for board and committee members will be voted on and the updated constitution will be up for approval. 

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) will be holding its annual meeting at 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the CCE Office, Main Street, Warsaw. Any resident in Wyoming County who takes an interest in agriculture in the county is encouraged to attend. 

The meeting will include topics on Agriculture program overviews and highlights, 4-H, and CCE’s vision for next year. Additionally, nominations for board and committee members will be voted on and the updated constitution will be up for approval. 

For more information about CCE visit or call (585) 786-2251.

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Press release:

With the end of the registration period for the Margin Protection Program–Dairy (MPP-Dairy), scheduled for Sept. 30, drawing near, it is a good time to take a look dairy risk management options for 2016, according to the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE).

The USDA Risk Management Agency recently announced the allocation of additional funds to the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) Insurance Program for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year. With forecasts for continued low milk prices and rising feed price predictions, dairy margins, predicted by the futures markets, are projected to remain thin at least through the first half of 2016. However, both public and private tools remain available.

The public tools are the USDA’s MPP-Dairy, available through USDA Farm Service Agency, and LGM-Dairy, purchased from crop insurance agents. On the private side, advance contracts with handlers and cooperatives, and the futures and options markets, continue to be available. In today’s volatile price environment, looking ahead and putting together a strategy for "selling" your milk and "buying" your feed is not to be overlooked.

The USDA Risk Management Agency announced that an $1 million has been shifted from other livestock margin insurance programs to the dairy program in July. This will allow dairy producers to take advantage of premium subsidies on this insurance product. It is important to note that any farm who has participated in MPP-Dairy must continue to participate in that program through 2018. LGM-Dairy is only available to farms who have never participated in MPP-Dairy. LGM-Dairy is offered for sale on the last business Friday of each month and must be purchased before 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (9 p.m. EST) the next day.

The 2016 registration period for MPP-Dairy is slated to close on Sept. 30. Producers who participated in 2015 will automatically be registered at the Catastrophic Coverage Level of $4 per hundredweight, with a registration fee of $100 regardless of their 2015 coverage level. If participation above the Catastrophic level is desired, the producer must elect that coverage level before the September deadline. Additionally, producers who participated in 2015 will have their historical production level increased by 2.61 percent for 2016.

The Dairy Markets and Policy web site tools continue to be available at:  In addition to the MPP forecasting and LGM tools that were available in 2015, a new advanced MPP tool is available. It allows producers to enter their own prices and adjust them for milk and feed, yielding a rough estimate of their own Income Over Feed Cost. It is important to note that even though a producer can use their own prices, the advanced tool still uses the national formula for blending corn, meal, and hay to arrive at a margin.  

The first aspect of the advance tool is the ability of producers to enter their own prices. Secondly, the advanced tool allows the user to adjust milk, corn, soybean meal, and hay prices separately. This enables farmers to learn how a change in just one price aspect will affect their projected income over feed costs.

The third aspect of the advance tool, the stress test, allows producers to enter some descriptor information about their operation, including both physical and financial data, and get some approximations on measures of profitability, liquidity and solvency. 

“The concept of the stress test tool is that each farm can explore to what extent MMP can help them financially given their particular financial condition,” said Dairy Policy and Markets team member Dr. Andrew Novakovic at Cornell University. “It gives outputs that show how much your liquidity position, say, would be helped (or hurt) if you bought different levels of MPP.”

For more information call CCE at (585) 786-2251.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11:11 am


Wyoming County leads the state in agricultural sales and has a growing number of farms that do business directly with consumers. And the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) outreach has helped to expand the Eat Fresh Buy Local guide by indentifying more farms selling products directly to consumers.

The Wyoming County Eat Fresh Buy Local guide has been recently updated to help you find fresh fruits, vegetables and many other homegrown products and homemade treats. The new guide includes 96 vendors and markets that can be found within the county’s 593 square miles.

The CCE and Sen. Patrick Gallivan’s Office teamed up to make the guide available at no cost to the consumer. The guide can be found at the CCE office, 401 N. Main St., Warsaw, as well as the Wyoming County Fair and any participating vendors and markets. It can also be found online at

For more information on local agricultural products, contact Debra Welch at (585) 785-2251 or via e-mail at



Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm


Press release, photo submitted:

Building a better chicken coop takes a bit of innovation and enthusiasm. 

Friendly Acres Farm, Attica, hosted 28 poultry keepers of all ages to work as a team to put together a prefabricated frame for a chicken tractor. According to the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Wyoming County, this new method of pasturing poultry creates a healthier and cleaner environment for chickens.

The tractor cage can be moved to a new patch of clean grass each day that allows the chickens the benefit of new forage on a daily basis. The clovers, grasses, bugs and other insect proteins add to their diet.

For more information on the chicken tractor, call CCE at (585) 786-2251 or e-mail

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

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm


Press release:

Tomato plants fall into two categories – determinate and indeterminate. Why note the difference? According to the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension (CCE), this bit of information dictates the growth form of the plant, how to prune it correctly, as well as the preferred staking method. 

The wet and humid weather in the area over the past few years, especially this year, has been conducive to the growth and spread of fungal diseases such as early blight and late blight. To keep these fungal diseases at bay, learning how to prune and stake tomato plants, can keep the diseases from becoming established on a crop.

    • Determinate tomato varieties are more common in the home garden and typically have a short growth form – around four feet. Most of the fruit on this type of plant matures over the course of a couple of weeks. Additionally, most canning and many slicing varieties are typically determinate.

When pruning determinate plants, remove any suckers below the first set of blossoms or until the first strong branch split. This will keep the plant size under control and allow sunlight and air to reach the plant. Fungal disease can become readily established on wet plant material, CCE officials report.

    • Indeterminate tomato varieties should be trained to a single or double stem system. For a single stem, simply remove all suckers. For a double stem, allow one sucker to grow into another strong stem then remove suckers from both stems.

These varieties will grow much taller and produce a crop over a longer period of time. They also ripen from the bottom to the top in succession.

Some slicers and heirloom varieties are indeterminate, as are many cherry tomato varieties. This is why cherry tomato plant structure can get so large and the crop ripens over the course of the summer. These varieties are usually grown in greenhouses or high tunnels where the growing season is longer.

To learn more about pruning and staking tomatoes, the CCE is hosting a workshop at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Gifted Garden Community Garden, Academy Street, Wyoming. Discussion and demonstrations on identification, the Florida weave trellis system and staking will be offered. Materials will be available on the information presented, as well as identification and control of late blight. 

The session is free to Gifted Garden participants and CCE Agriculture department enrollees. The fee is $5 for all others, to cover the cost of materials. To pre-register contact Eva McKendry at (585) 786-2251 or via e-mail at

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm



Students at Arcade Elementary got a close-up look at farming with Ag in the Classroom on Friday, made possible by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County.

Look for more on this story Monday.











Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:37 am


Press release:

The agricultural economic and workforce development efforts at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) will be led by Sarah Carlson. Carlson joined the CCE staff June 8.  Her educational background, internships and student employment experience align with the goals of Wyoming County. As a native of Wyoming, she is delighted for the opportunity to return home and help advance agricultural development.

Carlson graduated from Cornell University May 24. She has worked with CCE of Tompkins County to lay the foundation for a local foods indicator metric. As part of the project, she interviewed entrepreneurs in local food sheds to learn about the success and barriers to local food development in Western New York. During a semester long, international study abroad in Nepal, Carlson evaluated the impacts of infrastructure and knowledge on final quality of tea products in the eastern region of the country.

Carlson also worked with the Ithaca Children’s Garden during the last three years. She brings culinary experience from working as a pastry chef intern at Primo Restaurant in Maine – a restaurant with an on-site garden – and an associate’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America.  

She has worked in direct marketing of agricultural crops and honey products at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market and with the community supported farming model. Additionally, she was a teaching assistant for Introduction to Horticulture and a student leader in the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Course.

Carlson can be reached at the CCE Agriculture Office (585) 786-2251.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm
posted by Lucie Griffis in 4H, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Event Date and Time: 
February 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:30am


Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Wyoming County will hold their 2015 board meetings at 7:00 pm at the CCE Education Center, 401 North Main St., Warsaw, on the following dates: 

    Jan. 14 – Organizational Meeting

    Feb. 18 – Executive Committee Meeting

    April 22 – Regular Board Meeting

    July 29 – Regular Board Meeting at Camp Wyomoco, 2780 Buffalo Rd., 


    Sept. 23 – Regular Board Meeting

    Nov. 4 – Annual Meeting

For questions, call (585) 786-2251.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm



Maple syrup is a pure natural product unique to North America. Moreover, maple syrup is one of the major products produced in Wyoming County. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County held a maple confections class, developed by Cornell maple specialist Steve Childs, on Saturday at the Main Street location in Warsaw.

Participants learned how to use a basic product like maple syrup to make maple sugar or maple cream, for example.

“These value-added maple products are made from pure maple created right here in the county,” said Agriculture and Natural Resources Program educator Debra J. Welch.

Maple syrup production continues to grow with new sugarhouses and developed sugarbushes throughout the county. Furthermore, value added products such as granulated maple sugar, maple cream, or molded maple are also growing in volume and variety, and can be purchased at many sugar houses, farm markets, and local stores.

Welch often replaces white sugar with maple sugar in baking recipes, noting the taste difference, if any, is minimal. Maple sugar can also be used as a topping for cereal, ice cream, apple slices, or flavoring meats. The sugar enhances the flavor in raspberries, lemon, grapefruit or pears. Maple cream can be used similarly. 

“Maple is as pure as it gets,” Welch said. “It was filtered by a tree.”

Cornell Cooperative Extension will be holding a WNY Maple School in January for continuing maple production education and sugarbush forest management.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm
posted by Lucie Griffis in Cornell Cooperative Extension, events, announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
September 30, 2014 - 6:30pm

10th Annual Garden Bounty Hosted by the Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

Join us @ the Trinity Church, 62 West Buffalo Street, Warsaw, on Septemeber 30th at 6pm

for a Master Gardener prepared dinner, refreshments, and home cheese making workshop.


Cost is $20. To preregister call 585-786-2251



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