Cornell Cooperative Extension touts successful year during annual meeting

NORWICH – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County applauded staff members and volunteers, and took a few moments to reflect on another successful year during its annual meeting held on Tuesday at the organization’s 99 N. Broad St. home.

The Cooperative Extension (CCE) has been a staple in Chenango County for 98 years. CCE connects the needs of the local agricultural community with the resources of Cornell University to provide educational programs for ag businesses and individuals throughout the county. Services include programming for new and experienced farmers; a dairy, livestock and field crops program for commercial agriculturalists; services for local gardeners; the Eat Smart New York Program to promote healthy food choices; and multiple youth programs through CCE’s 4-H program.

“The Cornell Cooperative Extension is a volunteer organization at its base,” said CCE Executive Director Ken Smith. “We couldn’t do what we do without the people who are willing to make sacrifices ... I feel that I am very fortunate, the organization is very fortunate and the county is very fortunate to have people here working very hard in what they’re interested in and devoted to.”

Tuesday’s meeting featured guest speaker Henry Drexler, a CCE volunteer with a long family history tied to the ag industry the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Drexler’s presentation, “Barns of Chenango County,” offered a glimpse of the local ag industry and how its evolved over the years. Since 2006, Drexler has photographed barns throughout the county to show that while the face of agriculture has certainly changed in the last 100 years, evidence of the old ways of farming has left a mark on the county landscape, albeit fading quickly.

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