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...]

Tomatoes: Ripe for the Tasting

DSC06652The summer issue of the Star Ledger’s Inside Jersey magazine features some of Jersey’s summer highlights. No New Jersey summer listing would be complete without mention of tomatoes and the Rutgers NJAES Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Research Farm on August 27.

Hunterdon cow-breeding innovation changed the nation

It’s no longer just "cows and cooking," as the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System approaches. While originally the role of county agricultural agents and the 4-H program was helping farmers and rural youth, the system’s work is much different. The county is celebrating the anniversary of the 1914 federal Smith Lever Act, which funded outreach endeavors at Rutgers and other land-grant universities through vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon is marking the anniversary the week of May 4, with a big open house on Sunday, at the Extension Center, county complex, 314 Route 12, Raritan Township. It runs noon to 3 p.m.

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Grafting apple trees to be shown at Rutgers’ Snyder Farm in Franklin Township

Want to learn the how’s and why’s of propagating apple trees and changing varieties with the age-old techniques of grafting? Then come to the last class in this spring’s Rutgers Snyder Farm Home Orchard Series…Both classroom instruction and a hands-on grafting workshop taught by County Agricultural Agent Win Cowgill, area fruit agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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100 Years of Cooperative Extension: Rutgers Dairy Specialist Enos J. Perry Made Agricultural History

Courtesy of Department of Animal Sciences

Courtesy of Department of Animal Sciences

At the dawn of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the early 1900s, New Jersey farmers were facing an era that offered promise of new methods of farming that would solve problems, improve efficiency and bring a better return on their dollar. Extension specialists and agricultural agents implemented a variety of methods and practices to engage farmers. One such example, which took root in New Jersey and went into the annals of agricultural history in the U.S., is the development of artificial insemination in dairy cows.

Enos J. Perry (1891-1983) served Rutgers University from 1923 to 1956 as an extension specialist in dairy husbandry. His greatest contribution to agriculture was the establishment of the first cooperative artificial breeding association for cattle in New Jersey and the U.S. and the practical application of the technique of artificial insemination (AI) of farm animals. Perry initiated the first dairy cattle AI Co-op in the U.S. in 1938, and his book “The Artificial Insemination of Farm Animals,” published in 1945, was the standard reference manual on the subject, providing vital information on artificial insemination for thousands of workers and students. [Read more...]