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Welcome to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County!

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County:

  • Conducts agricultural research and educational programs to help farms increase profits, reduce costs and minimize the impact on the environment, including teaching about organic and sustainable practices.
  • Encourages people to “buy local,” which saves money, leads to healthier diets, and lends support to local farms.
  • Shows people how to grow their own food, how to prepare it and how to preserve it for later use.
  • Builds positive life skills and provide alternatives to risk-taking behavior in youth.
  • Provides exciting opportunities for youth through 4-H clubs and Hidden Valley 4-H Camp.
  • Supports community initiatives such as Solar Schuyler and the HEART (Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Towns) club.
  • Educates people about how to save energy and how to reduce their heating and cooling costs.

Since 1917, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County (CCESC) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

The mission of Cooperative Extension is to sustain and support our community through collaborations that put experience and research to work.

Extension staff and trained volunteers deliver education programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community and university collaborations. Our educators connect people with the information they need on topics such as commercial and consumer agriculture; nutrition and health; youth and families; finances; and sustainable natural resources. Our ability to match university resources with community needs helps us play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Schuyler County.

CCESC is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt subordinate governmental agency and is part of the Cooperative Extension system, a national partnership between County, State, and Federal governments and the land grant universities that is administered in New York State by Cornell University. Each Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that operates under the oversight of Cornell University as agent for the state to serve the needs of the county in which it is located.

We have an extensive system for getting input from diverse interests in the community, and we welcome your ideas and involvement in our efforts. If you are interested in how CCESC sets policies and program priorities, or if you'd like more information on how to get involved, please get in touch with us at or (607) 535-7161, or the contact person shown below.

Last updated May 25, 2023