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...]

Hunterdon 4-H selling hoagies for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2

The Hunterdon Deadeyes 4-H club is holding a hoagie sale. Hoagies will be ready in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2. Hoagies must be ordered by Monday, Jan. 27 and then picked up between noon and 1 p.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the County Complex on Route 12, Building 2, the former youth shelter. Each 12-inch hoagie will be made fresh on Feb. 2 and individually wrapped. There is a choice of Classic Combo (ham, salami, bologna, provolone, lettuce, tomato and dressing) or Turkey and Cheese (turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato and dressing). The price is $6 each. Orders of 15 or more hoagies can be delivered.

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Alumni Story: ‘RU Through and Through’ – Brevoort Conover (Ag ’52)

Brevoort Conover

Rutgers alumnus and former faculty member Brevoort Conover, who passed away on April 13, 2014, was a 4-H Youth Development agent during his long career with Rutgers. He was recognized with several distinguished service awards and was inducted into the 4-H National Hall of Fame in 2010. In November 2013, he shared his story with the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement as part of the school’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of its designation as New Jersey’s land grant institution and the 100thanniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. Tell us your alumni story by contacting discovery@aesop.rutgers.edu.

Growing up on a small dairy and crops farm in rural Hunterdon County during the 1930s and ’40s, I did not see much of the world. Born in 1930 at the family home in Pittstown, our situation was typical of the times. The Great Depression was in full swing and my Dad was out of work. My parents lived in half of my grandfather’s farm house, relying on wood cut from the forest for heat and vegetables from a large garden, which they planted each spring. Milk from Grandpap’s cows each morning as well as eggs from his flock of Leghorn hens helped to keep us fed. By the way, my grandfather is the one for whom I was named.

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Local Rutgers Master Gardeners honored by State Association

The Rutgers University Master Gardener Program, a volunteer organization of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, annually recognizes the outstanding volunteer work done by members of each county organization. In Somerset and Hunterdon Counties the Seeds to Salad Team was recently honored at the 29th annual Rutgers Master Gardeners Association Conference for the work the team accomplished in local elementary schools.

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