Seneca Co. teens attend 4-H Cobleskill Conference.

Seneca County teens Nicole Ferrara and Kazandra Jones attended the 4-H Cobleskill Agri-Business Career Conference on October 1 and 2. They were able to experience college life at SUNY Cobleskill as well as visit local businesses. The conference began with “get to know you” activities with 4-H teens from across New York State. This was followed by a panel discussion comparing 2 year and 4 year colleges. Youth were able to ask questions of current students, recent graduates, and experienced professionals.The afternoon was spent touring agricultural businesses in the Cobleskill area. The Seneca County youth toured Sweet Tree farm and Fairbanks Stable. They learned about producing and marketing grass fed beef, natural pork, eggs and pure maple syrup at Sweet Tree. The stable is a boarding, training and lesson barn located on a 156 acre family farm that shared information on how they run their business. Upon return to campus Ferrara and Jones worked in a group with teens from several counties to prepare a presentation on their farm tours. All delegates prepared presentations and this allowed them to learn about all of the featured businesses. The presentations were given after dinner. After a jam packed day youth were able to unwind. They checked in to the local hotel and had a chance to bowl and swim with their new friends from across the state. The second day of the conference began with a tour of the Cobleskill campus. This included seeing a dorm room, learning about the history of the college, and visiting agricultural facilities. The last events of the conference were workshops on campus. The workshops were taught by Cobleskill students. They included learning about TMR (total mixed ration) and hoof trimming in the dairy barn as well as a method of training called tackless lunging at the equine facility. This well run event was co-sponsored by NYS 4-H, NYS Farm Bureau, and the State University at Cobleskill. It was a fantastic opportunity for youth to become more aware of professional positions in the agricultural field and the academic requirements of these positions. To experience fantastic programs like this, contact Seneca County 4-H to learn how to join and become involved in 4-H.For nearly 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information on this and other programs, please call the office at 315-539-9251 or e-mail seneca@cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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