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Deer Worm Factsheet
Posted 1/29/2018
Deer Worm Factsheet - prepared for sheep and goat producers
Courtesy of Cornell Sheep & Goat Program and Cornell Ambulatory Veterinary Services

Funding provided by the Beakman Fund and the Hatch & Smith-Lever Federal Capacity Fund Grant "Application of New Concepts for Control of Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats".

What is deer worm? Parelaphostrongylus tenuis (abbreviated P. tenuis), also called deer worm or meningeal worm, is a parasitic worm of ruminants. It is very common in white-tailed deer in the northeastern United States (up to 90% of deer harvested during hunting season have been shown to be infected), but does not cause disease in this species. The worm has an indirect life cycle, requiring land snails or slugs as intermediate hosts before being able to infect a ruminant.

 What animals are affected by the deer worm?






Dealing with Frostbite on Newborn Lambs and Kids
Posted 1/8/2018

Does or ewes with cropped ears due to frostbite damage at birth are not an uncommon sight on Northeast goat and sheep farms.  Although the condition is not life threatening it leads to interesting explanations in the show ring as to why your Alpine looks like a LaMancha. However in severe winters, frost bite can be far more serious affecting even the feet and tails on newborns as well as the teats on milkers.

Holiday Potato Centerpiece
Posted 12/7/2017

 Potatoes anyone? Here is a great activity to do with young and old alike. Very young 4-Hers may need help. 

A potato centerpiece uses a potato in place of oasis. The potato will feed the evergreens for 2-4 weeks. Be sure though that the potato does not freeze, or, instead of just drying, it will rot!!! Nasty!!! Yikes!!


**For Christmas potato arrangements ONLY, at State Fair, I will accept up to 4 silk flowers. Silk poinsettias look very nice in these. 


Have fun!!! Hope to see some of these at State Fair!

             **We will honor this same entry in our 4-H Fair Exhibits. Watch for it in the 2018 4-H Exhibitors Handbook. Georgia



18 Veterans Programs Feeding the Food Movement
Posted 11/14/2017

This Veterans Day, Food Tank brings you 18 initiatives from around the United States that are working to help veterans transition to healthy, productive civilian lives through farming and agriculture.

By providing veterans with roadmaps to help them become integral players in the sustainable food system, these universities, NGOs, and companies work to help participants heal from wounds of all kinds. They work to educate veterans by providing job and skills training, connection to financial and technical resources, and assistance in the difficult task of acquiring land.

The History of National 4-H Week
Posted 9/21/2017



This is the oldest known National 4-H Poster available in archives.






This year we’ll be celebrating National 4-H Week on October 1-7, 2017. Across the country, 4-H members and volunteers will celebrate their achievements and promote 4-H work to families, friends and community leaders.







Grain rescue tube training saves life
Posted 9/7/2017

Webb's fire department is one of dozens in some of the country's top farming communities that have received life-saving grain rescue tubes and training as part of Nationwide's annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest.

2017 Fonda Fair 4-H Exhibitor's Handbook
Posted 7/10/2017


Here is the 2017 Fonda Fair 4-H Exhibitor’s Handbook.There are a number of changes this year.   
Please check your class numbers & descriptions, some have changed from previous years.
Double entry cards will be handed out when your entry form is submitted. All animal and non-animal entries are due: postmarked by July 28th, delivered to the 4-H office August 1st by 4pm. Faxed or emailed entries must be received by August 1st by 4pm.
If you have any questions, please give us a call.


 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Fair!


Young Farmers & Ranchers
Posted 6/7/2017


Young Farmers & Ranchers
Award Applications Are Available! 
The New York Farm Bureau State Young Farmers & Ranchers Program is excited to announce the 2017 Young Farmers & Ranchers Awards: Achievement and Excellence in Agriculture.  These competitive events allow young farmers to be recognized for their involvement, achievement & leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau, and their community as well as their understanding of agricultural issues.


Young Farmers applying for the Achievement Award or the Excellence in Agriculture Award must submit their applications to NYFB by September 1, 2017.  These contests are for farmers who are 18-35 years old as of 1/31/18.  For eligibility requirements and applications visit the Young Farmers & Ranchers page on the New York Farm Bureau website or contact NYFB at 1-800-342-4143. 

Fulton-Montgomery Clover News
Posted 6/6/2017

June-July 2017 - Includes Fonda Fair 2017, Community Outreach, Bi-County Horse Show and Much More!

Dairyland Festival and Parade
Posted 6/2/2017

WATERTOWN, N.Y. — The 2017 Dairyland Festival and Parade will be held Friday, June 2nd at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, NY. This year’s theme is “Agriculture MOOOOVING America” and will highlight the diversity of the dairy industry! The festival will be from 9 am – 2 pm for preschool and elementary age students with samples of dairy products, demonstrations and activities, petting zoo and agricultural technology. Following the festival, a 6 pm performance by Showstoppers Dance Team at the state office building will kick off the evening program. The Dairyland Parade will begin at 7 pm at Watertown High School and travel down Washington Street ending at the Dulles State Office Building where the Jefferson County Dairy Princess Court will be serving a Giant Ice Cream Sundae to all who attend. This event is free to the public and everyone is welcome.                                —Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County

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