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...]

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...]

Somerset County RCE Commemorates Centennial with Proclamation and Tree Planting

L-R: Ed Seidel, President, Somerset County Board of Agriculture; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Annette Smutko, Vice President, Somerset County 4-H Association; Mellissa Smutko, Somerset County 4-H member; Carol Ward, RCE 4-H Agent; and Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Photo credit: Linda Van Zandt, Public Information Officer, Somerset County.

L-R: Ed Seidel, President, Somerset County Board of Agriculture; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Annette Smutko, Vice President, Somerset County 4-H Association; Mellissa Smutko, Somerset County 4-H member; Carol Ward, RCE 4-H Agent; and Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Photo credit: Linda Van Zandt, Public Information Officer, Somerset County.

On May 13, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of the centennial anniversary of Cooperative Extension. The proclamation also recognized the various milestones of RCE faculty and staff dating to 1918 when RCE of Somerset County was established.

This recognition was followed on Wednesday, May 14, with the official planting of a Rutgers dogwood variety Hyperion®, in collaboration with the Building and Grounds Committee of the Somerset County 4-H Association. [Read more...]

Rutgers Cooperative Extension to commemorate 100th anniversary

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County will plant a dogwood tree at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, Bridgewater in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. The public is invited. This year is the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service throughout the United States as a collaborative effort of federal, state and local governments. Each state’s land grant institution, which is Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey, coordinates 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...]