Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring Training Already?

Are you ready to get your municipal legislative or land use board in top shape? One of our best regional opportunities for training and networking is fast approaching. The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board Annual Leadership Conference is now open for registration. On April 9, 2009 you can join other appointed and elected officials and leaders form across the region at Corning Community College for a day of fast-paced learning on a variety of topics. Visit for registration information and class descriptions. Don't delay in registering: form are due March 24, 2009, and past conferences have sold out!

Registration information and preliminary course descriptions for the STC Regional Leadership Conference have been mailed and are available on our website:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy = Jobs, National Security and a Healthier Environment

Rocky Kambo M.PL., Community Development Educator

Renewable energy has garnered considerable attention in recent years. At the national level, renewable energy is the focus of President Obama’s “New Energy for America Plan”. At the state level, Governor Paterson is pushing for renewable energy in New York State. Why is there such a push for renewable energy?
To begin with, renewable energy can result in job creation. A press release from Governor Paterson states that “the development of these technologies...[will create] vital economic development opportunities for new high-tech companies to locate in many regions of the state, and [create] new green collar jobs”. Similarly, President Obama’s Plan hopes to create 5 million new jobs through investment in efforts to “build a clean energy future” over the next ten years.
Furthermore, renewable energy is tied to our national security and our environment. President Obama identifies two major energy challenges stemming from our reliance on oil: our dependence on foreign oil and global climate change. Part of the solution to these two challenges is renewable energy.
What does this mean for Schuyler County? We are well positioned to take advantage of new developments in several renewable technologies, including wind energy. Just recently, with a grant from NYSERDA, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schuyler County and Southern Tier Central Regional Planning conducted a viewshed analysis. A viewshed analysis looks at sites/areas that have adequate wind resources for current turbine technologies, and then considers how these potential placements would impact important views. Clearly a viewshed analysis is only one part of the full review needed before turbines are sited. However, it is only the first step and can help inform community conversations about wind energy production. For Schuyler County, renewable energy could be an excellent way to decrease our environmental impact and at the same time, increase our employment and domestic energy production potential.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Horticulture How-To’s
High Tunnels for Season Extension
April 3, Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga
56 Main St, Owego
Learn how to earn more income by lengthening the growing
season inside ‘tunnels,’ greenhouse-like structures used for
growing fruits and vegetables. Judson Reid, extension educator
with the Cornell Vegetable Team, will talk about the pros
and cons of different tunnel designs. Chris Wein, Cornell professor
of Horticulture, will show different ways to manage both the high and low temperatures in a tunnel.
Molly Shaw, South Central NY Ag Team, will discuss low tunnels and caterpillar tunnels, low cost alternatives
to high tunnels. Laura McDermott, Eastern NY Berry Specialist, will help you calculate how
much income a tunnel will actually earn you.
In the afternoon, visit different tunnel structures at Our Green Acres and see the spinach ready to harvest in
the tunnel at Purdy’s Produce.
This workshop is free to farmer participants and includes a light lunch thanks to funds from the NY Farm
Viability Institute. Please pre-register at 607-687-4020.

Deer Fencing

April 22, Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
Plenty of Posies
395 Shaffer Rd, Newfield
See three different styles of deer fence. Compare construction techniques,
prices, and efficacy for different fence styles. Learn the components of an
electric fencing and see an economical alternative to high tensile fencing.
No fee, but please pre-register at 607-687-4020.

Irrigation Options
May 20, Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
Cornell’s Freeville Farm
133 Fall Creek Rd
Learn from Steve McKay, Cornell Farm manager, what it takes to set up various
types of irrigation systems. Solid set irrigation with electric and PTOoperated
pumps, trickle irrigation, and small and medium irrigation reels will
be demonstrated.
No fee, but please pre-register at 607-687-4020.

Monday, February 9, 2009

DEC Camp Scholarship

The Schuyler County Environmental Management Council is once again offering a scholarship to one youth between the ages 12-17 to attend a week at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Camp in the Adirondacks.

DEC Education Camps consist of a variety of workshops and activities which are designed to help campers become more aware of the environment around them and, perhaps, stimulate their desire to participate in the sound management of our natural resources. The activities and workshops are a blend of learning and recreation. They are conducted outdoors providing the camper with direct hands-on experience with their environment.

Scholarship covers the camp fee ($325) for one week of participation in the camp, including meals. Campers must be able to find their own transportation to and from the camp in the Adirondacks.

For more information on the DEC camp program please visit

Applications due no later than March 1, 2009.

Application materials can be found at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls, or by calling Jenna Hicks at 607-535-7161.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Schuyler County Land Use Boards Meeting

Schuyler County Land Use Boards Meeting

February 9th 7:00pm-9:00pm

An opportunity for town and village planning boards to
meet, learn and discuss common issues

Tim Hicks will discuss the
“County watershed protection law”

Training credits for 1+/- hours will be given

Please call 607-535-7161 or email (do you want my email here? for details.

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Please contact us if you have any special needs.