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By working together, we can all RISE! CCE Schuyler’s mission states that we will put experience and research to work through collaborations. You have undoubtedly benefited from our outreach, whether as a participant in a class, by having children in our clubs and after-school groups, attending Hidden Valley 4-H Camp, or receiving guidance on agricultural practices or natural resource management.

This year has been unusual, with the coronavirus pandemic upending all of our lives. In keeping with our Core Values (Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, Education), CCE Schuyler remained flexible and found ways to continue our programs despite restrictions. Our virtual classes saw greater attendance than before, and we have lately been offering outdoor & masked programs and helping farmers by distributing masks and hand sanitizer.

The impact we have in Schuyler County is too broad to summarize in one paragraph. Please look at our IMPACT PAGE which details many of our accomplishments.

We receive funding from Schuyler County and grants, and this fall we are asking our community to make financial donations so that we can continue our essential work.

Your contribution, large or small, makes a difference. Please donate what you can! 

With everyone pitching in, we can RISE Together!

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

CCE Schuyler offices are open, although many staff are working remotely. We are happy to respond to your questions by email or phone, and we hope that you will attend one of our programs.

We continue to offer programs, some in person with social distancing and some virtually. You’ll find program information listed on the website.

If you would like to be added to our email newsletter, you can sign up <here.>

Now more than ever we should be thankful for the beauty and bounty that is our Finger Lakes region. Our agricultural sector is the backbone of our community and increasingly important as we look for local foods and resources to sustain us during times of national crisis. We will get through these tough times if we support each other. CCE Schuyler has been helping people for over 100 years and we’re not going to let some nasty virus take us down. Please be safe, healthy, and check back regularly for updates!

Phil Cherry, Executive Director

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Food Planning During the Corona Virus Pandemic- USDA tips

National Center for Home Food Preservation

Don’t miss out!! SNAP-Ed NY – Southern Finger Lakes region has transitioned to a statewide website to better help you save time, save money and eat healthy! Check out our new website and Facebook page here and continue to follow us for great tips, recipes and much more! https://www.facebook.com/SNAP-Ed-NY-111991663767095/?modal=admin_todo_tour


FRAUD ALERT:
USDA Warns of Text Message Scam Targeting SNAP Recipients

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2020 – USDA issued the following notice today to protect SNAP participants, after receiving reports of several possible SNAP Fraud attempts:

Be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information. The text might say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP. If you do not know if a request for information about SNAP is real or not, contact your local SNAP office.

Never share personal information with individuals or organizations that you do not know. Personal information includes your social security number, bank information, or SNAP electronic benefits transfer card or PIN number.

If you think the text is a scam, do not reply at all. Just delete.

If SNAP participants are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, USDA advises they contact their local SNAP office.  If they do not know their local SNAP office, participants should contact their state agency. State contact information is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory.

To stay on top of potential scams, please visit USDA’s SNAP scam alert webpage at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/scam-alerts.

If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department regarding procedures for filing a report.  You may also file a consumer complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftc.gov.  FTC is the federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from identity theft scams.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Schuyler County Agricultural Community,

Despite the recent closure of our office and other “non-essential” businesses, Schuyler CCE continues to support our community and farms during this period of uncertainty. Below is a list of useful resources that will be periodically updated. And starting Monday, March 23rd check out our daily updates through the http://cceschuyler.org website for additional timely information. In the meantime, remember that we can still be reached by phone or email! For a list of the Schuyler CCE staff: http://cceschuyler.org/staff

Please also know that Schuyler county has formed a special Cabinet Committee to help businesses through this difficult time. CCE has urged county officials to include our agricultural and food production businesses to the list of those who may need assistance as this crisis deepens. If you are a farmer and you have specific finance or government related needs, we urge you to contact this new committee and to fill out their survey which can be found at http://odessafile.com/forum.html .

Farm Resiliency

To support you in this trying time, the Cornell Small Farms Program would like to offer you free access for any two of our online courses through the end of April. These learning opportunities can help build local food security during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. They have set up a farm resilience resource page that brings together information and resources from our partners in CCE and other agencies, as well as learning opportunities to help you adapt for this season. They will also be hosting some themed farmer-to-farmer discussions starting next week. Stay tuned by ensuring you subscribe to our emails, or check their website and social channels often! Learn more: http://ow.ly/XWWo50yQitt

Protecting Yourself & Loved Ones Financially from COVID-19

The Consumer Financial Protection Board has information ranging from what to do if you have trouble paying your bills, are facing income loss, or have a problem with a financial service: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/…/protect-yourself-financi…/

The Attorney General of New York State has detailed information on Coronavirus resources and warnings on current consumer scams: https://ag.ny.gov/

On-Line Resources

FLX To Go was founded as a one-stop resource for information on how businesses are adapting to the COVID-19/social distancing world, FLX To Go is a service of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce but spreads the word about businesses and organizations throughout the Finger Lakes Area. https://www.facebook.com/flxtogo/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CPR&eid=ARBNU0JbchGln4sF0CU_g2jJwlaLdDB6RMzNvSN5v3hWKZ_w_nxXLXtQizwwsvEzk6M0zkpzBAIs1r7_

Finger Lakes Farm Country

There is nothing better than produce, meats, eggs, dairy, and more straight from the farm. Support local farmers and visit the farms in Finger Lakes Farm Country to pickup local, fresh products. Be sure to call ahead or check online for hours and availability. #fingerlakesfarmcountry or https://fingerlakesfarmcountry.com

Buy Local Guide -Local Foods within Your Reach-

Local Foods Within Your Reach… find farm-fresh food that is “within reach”— sold at a price within your food budget and from near where you live. This directory and tips will show you that buying food directly from a farmer is easy and affordable. Check out our directory now! Learn more about the Buy Local Program. https://buylocalfoodny.org/

Meat Suite is a website designed to help you find locally produced, high quality meats in bulk. No matter your buying preference the Meat Suite aims to help you find your farmer! https://www.meatsuite.com/

NY’s Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://eden.cce.cornell.edu/

Small Business Administration Economic Industry Disaster Loans:

Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at: www.sba.gov/local-assistance Businesses can take advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for help with preparing their loan applications. They may visit: www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find local help. The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html

Direct Marketing from the Farm - The Farmers’ Market Federation of New York has provided helpful information as NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets as this continues to develop. New York State has not imposed any travel restrictions and all industries essential to the food supply chain, including grocery stores, gas stations, retail food stores, food processors and related food businesses, etc., are exempt from the workforce reduction guidance issued today. Please see the guidance and exemptions here: https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/essentialservicesexception.pdf.

Mental Health & Health NY FarmNet: https://www.nyfarmnet.org/ Hotline : 1-800-547-3276 (24 hr service) 

New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) www.nycamh.org

Farm Partners (part of Bassett Health Care system and NYCAMH) 1-800-343-7527 NYS Agricultural Mediation Program: https://www.nysamp.com/

Labor Issues Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development: https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/

NY Farm Bureau: https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/

NY Department of Labor: https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/

Agricultural Support Organizations USDA : https://www.usda.gov/ USDA (Farm Service Agency): https://www.usda.gov/

NYS Ag and Markets: https://www.usda.gov/

Empire State Development: https://www.usda.gov/

 FDA Food Safety: https://www.usda.gov/

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County (CCESC) has been in business for over 100 years, helping farmers with critical agricultural research and extension needs, teaching young people life skills through 4-H, fostering adult based knowledge in homemaking and gardening and providing enrichment activities through Hidden Valley Camp,after school programs and youth clubs. We want to continue those services and more, but very much want to know what the community thinks of CCE and where we can be of service in the future. Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey and help us plan for the next 100 years.

As CCE Schuyler looks to the rest of 2020 and 2021, we are beginning an annual fund drive to help support our programming here at CCE. It is called RISE Together – highlighting our four key vales of Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability and Education – values that are even more important today than ever before. The coronavirus has made it a tough year for everyone, including CCE. We’ve had to shift much of our programming to virtual platforms and unfortunately had to cancel Hidden Valley 4-H camp this year. But CCE carries on. It’ll be a tough year with the Coronavirus and it’s many impacts and we can use all the support our community can muster. We have set a fundraising goal for 2020 of $10,000 to support our youth services, horticultural programming, agricultural programs, woodland services, parenting education , nutrition and energy programming, and we need your help. Please contribute what you can today!

Last updated November 10, 2020