NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]

Former Rutgers Police Horse Wins “Horse Personality of the Year” Award

Lord Nelson  Courtesy of Lord Nelson blog

Lord Nelson. Photo courtesy of Lord Nelson blog.

Lord Nelson, a former Rutgers University Police Horse, won the inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award at the Annual Breeders Awards luncheon, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on  January 25.

The 42-year old American Quarter horse was purchased in 1978 by the Rutgers Equine Science Center (ESC). Until his retirement in 2000, Lord Nelson served the university’s Department of Public Safety as a mounted patrol horse as well as help carry the Scarlet Knight mascot across the field at Rutgers football games.

Following his retirement, Lord Nelson became the centerpiece of an interactive youth component called “Equine Science 4 Kids” on the ESC’s website. The site features youth-friendly information on the horse industry and focuses on topics like nutrition, physiology and the environment. Lord Nelson’s inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award recognized his commitment to educating young horse enthusiasts. [Read more…]

Digging a new column

Have you ever wondered what tree to plant in your front yard? Or what kind of insect is attacking your tomato plant? Where would you find that information? You could do a search on the Internet and get six different answers from six different places. Or you could pick up the phone and call the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Burlington County… What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture through Rutgers University Extension… The Cooperative Extension system is a unique partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge through a state network of Extension Office educators.

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Rutgers scientists aren’t NJ’s only experts on cranberries: Meet the young “Cranbassadors”

What happens when you have an engaged scientist and an agriculturally-minded teacher and you put them together in a parent-teacher conference? The Cranbassadors program is the brainchild of NJAES Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology Peter Oudemans and Mullica Township teacher Barbara Rheault who wanted to connect students to the local agriculture of the Pinelands. Student Cranbassadors are well versed in the science behind growing cranberries, as can be seen in this NJEA Classroom Close-up, NJ video.

National Moth Week Celebrated in New Jersey

PrintSixteen public events scheduled across the state; hundreds more worldwide

The third annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project started in New Jersey in 2012, will be celebrated across the state, beginning with an early kickoff “Moth Ball” slated for Friday, July 11, in Bergen County.

Started by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the creators of National Moth Week are connected to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology. National Moth Week officially takes place the last full week and two weekends of July. This year’s dates are July 19-27. After its launch in 2012, National Moth Week quickly went global. As of July 2, hundreds of public and private events are registered on the National Moth Week site in all 50 states and 41 countries. [Read more…]