Farm Bureau recognized as Friend of the Extension

PENN YAN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County held its 2019 Annual Meeting Dec. 5 at the Penn Yan Elks Lodge.

Recognized for their service to the organization were Jere Horning, who received an appreciation certificate for his service on the board of directors.

Staff members honored were Barb Elias, Jennifer Clancey, Maggie Mahr, and Arlene Wilson.

Larry Lewis, president of Yates County Farm Bureau accepted the Friend of Extension Award on behalf of the Yates County Farm Bureau.

Two new directors — James Smith and Anne Waasdorp — were elected to the CCE board.

Colby Petersen, manager of the Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District was guest speaker. He provided an overview of the organization’s project areas.

The Yates County Soil and Water District, formed in 1940, is the second oldest district in New York State.

The district’s staff focus on best management practices in agriculture, solutions for storm water management, erosion prevention practices during construction, and septic system inspections for various towns. The staff also work with local partners to monitor water quality and prevent the spread of invasive species.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County offers a variety of programs and services, including:

• Finger Lakes Grape Program

• Cornell Vegetable Program

• Master Gardener Volunteers

• Natural Resource Education

• Harvest New York

• 4-H Program

• Family, Budget & Life Skills

• Master Forest Owner Program