New Jersey 4-Hers Boost Leadership and Civic Skills in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 6-12. [Read more...]

Rutgers Haskin Lab Assists Cape May Co-op in Getting Oysters to Market

Fresh, tender Delaware Bay oysters from Cape May being shucked. Credit: Jack Rabin

Fresh, tender Delaware Bay oysters from Cape May being shucked. Credit: Jack Rabin

Lisa Calvo, aquaculture program coordinator at Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, has been a key resource in guiding the Cape May Oyster Cooperative, with additional help from experts at Rutgers New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center and the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. Read more from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium on how working as a cooperative helps member oyster farms get their oysters to market.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service Celebrates 100 Years

A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension May 29, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service…The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people. The program is an educational partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension spreads knowledge of agriculture, home economics, now called family and community health sciences, and 4-H youth programs.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension Celebrates 100 Years

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. A reception will take place May 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office at 355 Court House-So. Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. Exhibits will highlight their past and focus on the current application of Cooperative Extension’s mission and vision as they move into their next century.

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Honeybees Took a Beating During Brutal Winter

With wind gusts in excess of 30 mph buffeting him, Gary Schempp struggled to check the health of his honeybee hives. The insects, enduring another day imprisoned in their hives by the uncooperative weather, reacted to Schempp’s intrusion with a few well-placed stings to his left eyelid, left ear and upper lip…"Severe cold is a problem, but what is worse are dramatic fluctuations in temperature that we often have in South Jersey during the winter," said Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent with the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in Cape May Court House. "Insect activity is largely governed by temperature.

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