friday news

April 3, 2020

Wyoming County 4-H

Friday News

April 3, 2020

During COVID-19 we want to make sure we are keeping all of our 4-H families up to date as much as we possibly can! During this time we will be releasing the “Friday News” where we will hopefully answer any questions you may have; these will also be available on our website to view. The entire Wyoming county 4-h staff is here for anything you and your families may need during this time so please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with your question(s)!

A Message from the Director………

Please know that that the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is committed to the well-being of our program participants, our volunteers, our staff, and our communities. We are in regular communication with our COVID-19 Team at Cornell University, along with the NY Department of Health office and Wyoming County officials in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that this is truly an unprecedented situation, and we are here to support you throughout the coming weeks.

We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our community. Given the quickly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and due to an abundance of caution, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is announcing the suspension of all programming, events, and volunteer activities until June 1, 2020. This includes ALL 4-H club meetings and the annual 4-H Cookie Sale. We will do our best to reschedule as many of these programs as possible.

Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates. This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide daily guidance in the coming days as we receive new information. We will continue to provide digital programming and support via web and phone.We can be reached at (585) 786-2251 or should you have any questions or concerns.

We are committed to keeping you updated on any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures. Please be aware that as of 3/18/2020, employees are working remotely, and it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive a response. Your questions, ideas, and concerns are important to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. We look forward to an amazing summer and fall. See you soon!


Abby Griffith

Lead Executive Director

Livestock Update……

4-H Meat Animal Project Update

Our 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee met via conference call on April 1, 2020 to discuss what measures are needed to modify the Meat Animal Project for this year because of the current COVID-19 situation.Complete packets of information will be mailed to anyone who checked meat animal lambs or swine on their enrollment forms.You can also access the information on our website at:

In the packet you will find outlined changes that are necessary to our 2019-2020 program.A partial listing of changes includes:

  • There WILL BE NO Weigh-in or tagging at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds for SWINE on Friday, May 8th or Saturday, May 9th.
  • There WILL BE NO Weigh-in or tagging at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds for LAMBS on Thursday, May 14th.
  • In place of these weigh-ins, participating members must complete and return the appropriate enclosed Project Identification Form via email or US Postal service to the 4-H office by May 15th in order to register project animals.One form must be filled out for each 4-H project member where they will list all of their project animals, including family animal options.
  • Animals will be assigned 4-H Meat Animal Program tag numbers after identification forms are turned in.We hope to be able to distribute program tags for individual families to tag their own animals before the end of June.Stay tuned for details.
  • Additional Meat Animal Rules have been modified to reflect point system changes and are included in this packet.Changes are printed in red ink.Please read them!

Please reach out to Holly Harwood via email if you have any questions about the meat animal beef, lamb or swine projects after reviewing all of the new information.

YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) Training

Coupons are still available for the YQCA training that is required by the meat animal project.This program can be done online and provides approximately 60 minutes of guided education on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth raising and showing livestock.Contact Holly for more information at

Tractor safety Update……

4-H Tractor Safety Program

  • The Annual Ag Careers and Safety Day planned for April 25th at OXBO is postponed till further notice.
  • Youth who are working on their NSTMOP Certification still need to complete the skills and driving portion of the program.Holly will be reaching out to participants as soon as arrangements for testing can be made.

Many of our members will be helping out around the house or around the farm this spring.Whether you are mowing lawn or running larger agricultural equipment, please review this important information from Kubota Tractor Corporation:


  1. Know your tractor, its implements and how they work. Please read and understand the Operator's Manual(s) before operating the equipment. Also, keep your equipment in good condition.
  2. Use ROPS and seatbelt whenever and wherever applicable. If your tractor has a foldable ROPS, fold it down only when absolutely necessary, and fold it up and lock it again as soon as possible. Do not wear the seatbelt when the ROPS is folded. Most tractor fatalities are caused by overturns.*
  3. Be familiar with your terrain and work area. Walk the area first to identify any debris or obstacles that could hinder your ability to drive safely. Use special caution on slopes. Slow down for all turns and stay off the highway whenever possible.
  4. Never start an engine in a closed shed or garage. Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly.
  5. Always keep your PTO properly shielded. Make it a habit to walk around your tractor and PTO driven implement, never over, never through and never between the tractor and implement, particularly if either is running. The PTO rotates with enough speed and strength to kill you.
  6. Keep your hitches low and always on the drawbar. Otherwise, your tractor might flip over backwards.
  7. Never get off a moving tractor or leave it with its engine running. Shut it down before leaving the seat. A runaway tractor can be extremely dangerous.
  8. Never refuel while the engine is running or hot. Additionally, do not add coolant to the radiator while the engine is hot. Hot coolant can erupt and scald.
  9. Keep all children away from your tractor and its implements at all times. Children are generally attracted to tractors and the work they do. But a tractor's work is not child's play. Remember, a child's disappointment is fleeting, while your memory of his or her injury or death resulting from riding the tractor with you, or being too close, will last a lifetime.
  10. Never be in a hurry or take chances. Think safety first, then take your time and do it right.

Updates on Dog Obedience program….

The dog obedience training program will have some changes in dates & structure this year. Please stay tuned as the dog committee is working to still make this year a successful one for our program.

Family & Consumer Sciences updates…

Clothing & Fashion Revue:

Regretfully, we must say that the clothing & fashion revues have been cancelled for this Spring. Stay tuned for a virtual revue option in the coming weeks.

Cooking Club:

This Tuesday, April 7th at 6pm - Sarah is hosting Italian night in her kitchen! On the menu – homemade pasta! In the links below, you will find access to the Zoom meeting, and video tutorials. I plan to prep ahead and roll out my dough, and the Zoom meeting will be more of an instruction on making real alfredo sauce for the pasta. Feel free to make your pasta over the weekend and share your experience during our meeting, or join in for some fun! I look forward to seeing you all virtually for some fun in the kitchen.


Pasta Video -

Gluten Free Pasta Tutorial -

Alfredo Video -

Plant Science/Natural Resources

Giant Vegetable & Gladiola Meetings

Will both be rescheduled, date TBD.

Our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 program have organized a Facebook group – Science and Nature for Cooped Up Kids - to share ideas for activities youth can do outside and in nature. In addition to the resources group members share, the Lab of O team will be sharing a new list of activities each Friday. Could be a fun way to help us take a break from screens. Check out the Facebook group for exciting adventures!

4-H Dairy updates…

Your heifer project will provide you with an opportunity to raise dairy calves and learn more about various management procedures. This attached link is not a complete directory of everything you will need to know to raise a calf. Instead, it is a guide which provides hints that will help make your experience of raising a calf both educational and successful. From the start of the project to getting it ready for a show, this workbook will help guide you.

4-H Goat updates…

Goat essay contest! For youth ages 8-17, you may compete in an essay contest to win a registered Alpine doe kid. The Alpine kid is being donated to a 4-H member as a project animal. This is a multi-county contest. The Alpine kid is located in Jordan, NY. Your essay must include the following:

  • -5oo words
  • -State that you are a Wyoming County 4-H member
  • -Number of years participating in a goat project
  • -Why you want a dairy goat
  • -How you plan to care for your project animal (housing, feed, heath management, etc.)
  • -Any experience you have had with goats (currently or in the past)

At the end of the essay attach 4-H educator, Stephanie Luders, as a reference. They may contact Stephanie at

Essays must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2020. If you would like to compete in the essay contest, please contact Stephanie for the mailing address and further information.


Alesia Ackerman
4-H Administrative Assistant
585-786-2251 ext 110

Last updated April 3, 2020