Faculty, Staff and Volunteers Receive Rutgers Cooperative Extension Excellence Awards for 2014

Staci Peterson accepted the Volunteer Excellence Awards on behalf of her and her husband Matt.

Staci Peterson accepted the Volunteer Excellence Awards on behalf of her and her husband Matt.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Excellence Awards are to recognize faculty, staff and volunteers who demonstrate outstanding performance and creativity, and how their contribution to Extension has resulted in a positive change or has made a significant impact and enhanced RCE at a local county, state and/or national level. The Award for Volunteer Excellence was awarded to Sherrie and Matt Peterson, Hunterdon County 4-H volunteers; the Award of Excellence for Support Staff recipient is Anita Wagner, keyboarding clerk 3, RCE of Atlantic County and  the Award of Excellence for a Program Associate was awarded to Marycarmen Kunicki, 4-H senior program coordinator, RCE of Passaic County. [Read more…]

New Jersey 4-H Youth Develop Skills at Leadership Washington Focus Conference

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

Fifteen New Jersey 4-H youth are ready to take on the challenges of leadership in the 21st century after experiencing the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), an intensive 4-H leadership development program for middle-school youth. The conference was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from July 15-19.

The four-day 4-H conference provided 135 youth and 30 adult chaperones from 15 states with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in experiential learning that boosted leadership competency in the four key areas of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and confidence. In addition, the LWF conference also prepared youth to return home with important skills to make positive changes in their own communities. [Read more…]

‘Green infrastructure’ plans underway for Little Falls flood area

The township hopes to benefit from a program to reduce nuisance flooding through the building of rain gardens and like measures that attack flooding at its source, while at the same time sprucing up lands made vacant in the wake of flood buyouts. Rutgers University Cooperative Extension and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), in conjunction with Little Falls, are partnering for the program, the benefits of which could be significant for a town that sees flood damage from the Passaic River during major storms, frequent flash flooding from the Peckman River and is in the process of elevating or buying out 78 properties for the purpose of flood mitigation.

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Make the World Better through Rutgers Environmental Steward Training

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Class of 2013

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. Would you like to learn how local environmental decisions get made from the head of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions or how land preservation can be done most effectively from some of the leading players in land preservation in New Jersey? [Read more…]

Stink bugs are expected to invade in record numbers

What’s the big stink all about? Halyomorpha halys, better known as "stink bugs," are expected to pop up in record numbers and will be taking up residence in your home as the onslaught of cold weather approaches. Despite their small size, equal to that of a pumpkin seed, the brown marmorated stink bugs cause a nasty odor when crushed. The stinky critters were imported from East Asia first landing in Allentown, Pa. in 1996, and later making their way to New Jersey in 1999, according to Elaine Fogerty, the Passaic County agricultural assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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