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Botvins Lifeskills Training Program

The Botvins Lifeskills Training Program is a comprehensive and exciting program that provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, LST is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (LST) is FREE for Delaware students 8-14 years old. Our trained instructors cover topics such as Tobacco, Drug, & Alcohol Prevention, Assertiveness, Anger Management, Self-Image, and Communication Skills.  The middle school students that participate take a pre/post questionnaire.  The questionnaire summaries are prepared by National Health Promotion Associates, Inc. and show the students anti-drug knowledge, relaxation knowledge, social skills knowledge, advertising knowledge, communication knowledge, smoking attitudes, drinking attitudes, drug refusal skills and life skills use.

The following highlights were noted for this program:modelplus.png

Drug Refusal Skills post-test indicated:

98% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to smoke a cigarette

98% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to smoke marijuana or hashish

98% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to use cocaine or other drugs

95% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to drink beer, wine, or liquor

95% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to sniff glue, paint, gas, or other things to get you high

Life Skills post-test indicated:    

79% of students would tell someone if they give you less change (money) than you’re supposed to get back after you pay for something

75% of students said I stick to what I am doing until I am finished with it

72% of students said they would tell someone to go to the end of the line if they cut in line ahead of them

56% of students indicated that they would say “no” to someone who ask to borrow money from you

Anti-Drug Knowledge post-test indicated:

93% of students indicated they learned that Marijuana smoking decreases your eyesight

90% of students learned that smoking can affect the steadiness of your hands

89% of students learned that smoking reduces a person’s endurance for physical activity

82% of students learned that a stimulant is a chemical that speeds up the body

Communication Knowledge post-test indicated:

80% of students learned that you can avoid misunderstandings by not assuming the other person knows what you mean

80% of students learned that effective communication is when both sender and receiver interpret a message in the same way

For more information please contact Lindsay Hughes, lgooden@udel.edu or 302-856-7303.

2017 State 4-H Teen Conference – January 28-29

Be a part of this terrific leadership and team building experience

The Delaware 4-H State Teen Council officers have been busy diligently working on the
upcoming State Teen Conference. The officer team has designed a fun-filled weekend
and you are invited. Join other 4-H members from throughout the state for a meaningful
weekend at the 2017 Delaware 4-H State Teen Conference.

We are pleased to again offer online registration for the 2017 State Teen Conference.  Click here to view the  2017 STC letter and attachments which include the announcement, and waiver agreement (which must be signed and hand-carried to the conference).

The conference will be held on January 28-29, 2017, at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark.  Visit http://www.udel.edu/4h-teen-conference to register!  Registration and payment is due by Friday, January 20.  You will find additional information at the State 4-H website.

For the community service project this year, we will be conducting a FOOD DRIVE for the local food pantry.  We ask each participant to bring either canned or boxed food items (suggested value of $5.00) to be donated to this worthwhile cause.

View pictures from the 2016 State 4-H Teen Conference!

Please contact Doug Crouse (dcrouse@udel.edu) or Ernie Lopez (elopez@udel.edu) with any questions regarding the conference or registration.

 

2017 4-H Leader Forum – February 4

Delaware 4-H Salute to Excellence Winners
2016 Salute to Excellence winners are all smiles at last year’s 4-H Leader Forum

Register Online Now!

A winter tradition, the Delaware 4-H Leader forum offers a full day of educational workshops and fellowship with 4-H volunteers together with a larger Extension family of experts, agents and educators.  The location of the forum rotates annually among our three counties. This year, Kent County 4-H serves as host at the Polytech High School in Woodside, Delaware.

“The Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum is one of my favorite events of the year,” said State 4-H Volunteer Specialist Ernie Lopez.  “To be able to a combine a day of training for new and longtime volunteers with meaningful recognition of their tremendous work for our youth is special and makes the annual forum a highlight of the 4-H calendar year.”

Volunteer 4-H adults, known as “leaders” are encouraged to learn a new skill to take back to their 4-H clubs!  The Delaware 4-H Leader Forum is open to all Delaware 4-H volunteers and also to adults who are considering joining our fantastic volunteer force.

Doug Crouse, state 4-H program leader encourages all leaders to attend.  “There are a variety of workshops being offered in the areas of leadership, social media, healthy living and 4-H project work, just to name a few.  Be sure to register for this event for a tremendous day of learning and a great networking opportunity with other 4-H volunteers throughout the state.”

The forum is a day for smiles, for wearing the colors or 4-H bling, and having fun learning with friends and colleagues!

Indeed, 16 exciting workshops are on tap! Topics include leadership techniques, chaperoning, hippology, project work, health talk hints, healthy living, live streaming, boosting your personal online brand, team building, mindfulness for teens and adults, food dehydration, vegetarian diets, social media, archery, Cloverbuds and mastering the 4-H online software. Click the PDF below to get all the details!

We will also share some exciting National 4-H brand initiatives and campaigns and resources.

We are proud to continue our recognition in leader excellence by announcing the county and state 2017 Salute to Excellence winners.

Registration is online and due by January 30, 2017. In most cases, the $15 to cover lunch is covered by each county’s leader associations!

Questions or comments? Contact Ernie Lopez, Delaware 4-H Extension Specialist (302) 856-2585 x 561

2017 Delaware Agriculture Week offers information on best practices, new technologies

The 2017 Delaware Agriculture Week will be held Jan. 9-12 in Harrington, offering information on best practices and new technologies in the industry.

Last year at Delaware Agriculture Week, nearly 3,000 agriculture stakeholders learned best practices and new technologies, networked with leading industry vendors and experts and met with other agricultural producers.

This unique opportunity returns for its 12th year as the 2017 event will open on Monday, Jan. 9, and runs through Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.

“What has become a 12-year tradition, Delaware Agriculture Week continues to grow in impact,” said Cory Whaley, University of Delaware agriculture extension agent and chair of the Delaware Agriculture Week planning committee. “We’re pleased to offer fresh, practical and topical sessions that matter to our farmers, growers, crop advisers and industry. Our planning committee and team of experts and guest speakers have once again created a dynamic agenda to meet the needs of our stakeholders.”

The four-day event provides numerous sessions that cover a wide array of topics including small fruits, fresh market and processing vegetables, woodland management, small flock and commercial poultry, grain crops, hay and pasture, beef cattle, irrigation, direct marketing and a special session on soil health.

A risk management session on retirement and succession planning will be featured. Nutrient management, pesticide, and certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be offered. The sessions are taught by Cooperative Extension agents and specialists from UD, as well as from neighboring institutions and leading agriculture industry experts.

In addition to the events held in Harrington, the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition will host a session “Feel the Pulse of Delaware’s Urban Agriculture Community” on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington. This session will engage in discussion focused on local school and community gardens, urban farming, and corner store efforts. Networking and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit the website or contact Carrie Murphy at 302-831-COOP.

Delaware Ag Week is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture is an $8 billion industry in Delaware according to a 2010 University of Delaware report that factors in agriculture jobs and related production, goods and services that support the largest industry in the First State.

As with last year’s event, the main meeting area will be located in the Exhibit Hall, with additional meetings in the Exhibit Board Room and Commodities Building. A trade show with 89 exhibitors will take place in the Dover Building.

The Delaware Ag Week website features a listing of daily sessions as well as the 2017 program book, available for download. There is no fee to attend.

Article and photo by Michele Walfred

This article can also be viewed on UDaily.

2017 Delaware Ag Week

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Informative sessions, networking and expert presentations are a 12-year tradition at Delaware Agriculture Week

Last year at Delaware Agriculture Week, nearly 3,000 agriculture stakeholders learned best practices and new technologies, networked with leading industry vendors and experts and met with other agricultural producers.  This unique opportunity returns for its 12th year, as the 2017 Delaware Agriculture Week opens on Monday, January 9 to Thursday, January 12 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.

“What has become a 12 year tradition, Delaware Agriculture Week continues to grow in impact,” said Cory Whaley, University of Delaware agriculture Extension agent and chair of the Delaware Agriculture Week planning committee.   “We’re pleased to offer fresh, practical and topical sessions that matter to our farmers, growers, crop advisers and industry. Our planning committee and team of experts and guest speakers have once again created a dynamic agenda to meet the needs of our stakeholders.”

The four-day event provides numerous sessions that cover a wide array of topics including small fruits, fresh market and processing vegetables, woodland management, small flock and commercial poultry, grain crops, hay and pasture, beef cattle, irrigation, direct marketing and a special session on soil health. A risk management session on retirement and succession planning will be featured. Nutrient management, pesticide, and certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be offered. The sessions are taught by Cooperative Extension agents and specialists from the University of Delaware,  as well as from neighboring institutions and leading agriculture industry experts.

In addition to the events held in Harrington,  the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition will host a session “Feel the Pulse of Delaware’s Urban Agriculture Community” on Thursday, January 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington. This session will engage in discussion focused on local school and community garden, urban farming, and corner store efforts. Networking and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit http://www.thedch.org/activities-events  or contact Carrie Murphy at (302) 831-COOP.

Delaware Ag Week is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture is an $8 billion industry in Delaware according to a 2010 University of Delaware report which factors in agriculture jobs and related production, goods and services that support the largest industry in the First State.

As with last year’s event, the main meeting area will be located in the Exhibit Hall, with additional meetings in the Exhibit Board Room and Commodities Building. A trade show with 89 exhibitors takes place in the Dover Building.

The Delaware Ag Week website features  a listing of daily sessions as well as the 2017 program book, available for download. There is no fee to attend.

View photos from the 2016 Delaware Ag Week:

Delaware Ag Week 2015 Gordon Johnson reviews cucumber variety trials

Delaware 4-H’ers Compete at First Hippology Contest

The Delaware 4-H program held their first statewide 4-H Hippology contest on Saturday, December 3, at the Little Family’s Golden Locket Farm in Harrington, Delaware.  Hippology, meaning “study of the horse,” is an activity that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting.  Thirty-six youth ages 7-19 from across the state participated in the inaugural offering.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsored the event.

4-H members competed in both individual and team categories.  The individual portion of the contest had competitors complete five different station based activities focused on equine anatomy, tack, grooming equipment, horse coat color and marking identification and horse breed identification.  In the team portion of the contest, youth competed on teams of up to four individuals to complete more difficult and comprehensive team problem-solving activities.  The two team problem-solving activities involved feeds and feeding; requiring youth to identify feed samples and perform calculations related to feeding horses, and identification of horses; requiring youth to measure and identify horses in different ways and answer some further process questions about the subject.

4-H volunteer adult leaders coached young people in the month leading up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials.  Special thanks to the Little Family for providing the location for the event.

The High Individuals in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds)

Clara Gulick- Tails and Trails 4-H Club, New Castle County

  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Sydney Messick- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Nicole Cannavo- Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

The High Teams in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds)

Camo and Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Members; Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck,
Ethan Stafford

  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Yellow Snowflakes- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Members: Rachel Adkins, Sydni Brown, Sydney Messick

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Appaloosa’s- Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Members: Nicole Cannavo, Grant Kidner, Jessica Knowles,
Maddy Lester

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills.   For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

New Castle County: (302)831-8965
Kent County: (302)730-4000
Sussex County: (302)856-7303

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.  Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914.  It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

 

UD Cooperative Extension names Georgie Cartanza new poultry agent

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Georgie Cartanza has been named the new poultry agent by UD Cooperative Extension.

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has announced its hire of Georgie Cartanza as the new poultry Extension agent.

The statewide position will be based from UD’s Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel’s Research and Education Center in Georgetown, and the hire was effective Dec. 1.

“This opportunity at the University of Delaware puts me in a different position to really serve the industry that has served me so well and provided for my family,” Cartanza said.

“I am very excited to have Georgie Cartanza join the UD Extension team as Extension agent in poultry,” said Michelle Rodgers, UD associate dean and director of Cooperative Extension “Georgie brings personal and professional knowledge and expertise to the position enhanced with passion and commitment for the poultry industry in Delmarva, making her an excellent fit for this position.”

Cartanza’s experience in the industry is extensive. A graduate of Delaware State University with a bachelor of science degree in general agriculture, Cartanza was recruited straight out of college by Perdue Farms, where she enjoyed an eight and a half year career – three and a half years as a flock supervisor and five as a regional supervisor.

Later Cartanza joined Mountaire Farms, serving three years in their housing department.

Ten years ago, while working at Mountaire, Cartanza invested in her own poultry farm, and built four houses on family property in Dover. In April 2015, she made the decision to convert conventionally grown poultry and become a certified organic poultry farmer.

Poultry is the mainstay of Delaware agriculture and the Delmarva region. As Delaware Cooperative Extension’s state poultry agent, Cartanza will deliver the latest university research and best management practices to approximately 1,500 family farms in the region.

Cartanza’s Extension responsibilities include providing numerous educational workshops and webinars on topics such as poultry housing, energy and ventilation management, poultry health, animal welfare, and mortality and litter management.

Her efforts will cross state lines, often working in partnership with industry professionals and Maryland Extension poultry experts, particularly with outreach and matters concerning environmental innovation and nutrient management best practices.

Her experiences as a poultry farmer also motivates Cartanza to educate the public about her profession.

“My hopes are through research and Extension outreach I’ll be able to help people change their perceptions about our industry, but also help the people working in our industry to be more productive and competitive,” she said.

From her earliest college days, Cartanza’s goal was to help farmers. “The poultry industry has taught me so much. I have had tremendous mentors and people who helped me so much, so it’s prepared me to be a good candidate for this position and help as many people as I can,” she said.

Cartanza can be reached at the Carvel Center via email at Cartanza@udel.edu or by calling 302-856-7303, ext.557.

Article by Michele Walfred

This story can also be viewed on UDaily.

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is upon us and often putting on weight is inevitable. Physical activity can be difficult during the fall because of holiday festivities and the weather getting colder as winter gets closer. In addition, it can be a difficult time to manage one’s weight since treats and delicious food are always on the table. Some ways to keep off holiday pounds and stay active during the holiday season include taking a few extra laps around the mall when you are holiday shopping and using the stairs instead of the escalator. Most adults should get 150 minutes of aerobic activity and have 2 or more days of strengthening exercises during their week. Aerobic activities include walking fast, cleaning the house or any activity that causes you to start to sweat. Strengthening activities include lifting heavy boxes, or push ups. Stretching is also recommended at least 2 days a week; it makes activities of daily living like reaching for a bowl on the top shelf in your kitchen easier. Although the cold can make it hard to stay active; knowing some quick and easy exercises you can do indoors which will help keep off those extra holiday pounds.

Some simple indoor exercises are:

exercises

For more resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm

http://www.co.livingston.state.ny.us/Archive/ViewFile/Item/51

Delaware Christmas Trees

This season, many people are shopping for a perfect cut tree or live tree to Douglas fir treesdecorate their homes. Our local Christmas tree growers face many challenges to growing a perfect tree, an expensive and time consuming process. A Christmas tree takes 8 to 10 years to grow to a good size, and there are many hurdles along the way. Trees must be planted properly in good soil, not too shallow or not too deep. It may take up to three years for a transplanted seedling to establish a good root system.

Insect pests and plant diseases can cause problems for Christmas tree growers. Phytophthora root rot is problematic on tree farms in many states. Phytophthora is a fungus-like organism, favored by wet, saturated soils with poor drainage. Roots in saturated soil may be stressed. The best management strategies for root rot are the purchase of clean healthy seedlings and proper site selection, because the best possible control is to avoid Phytophthora root rot to start.

There are other pests and diseases that attack Christmas tree species, such as needlecast fungi that cause spotting and discoloration of needles, and needle drop. Growers must scout their trees, apply fertilizer and pest control, trim to shape, and keep up with research on tree species and new varieties. Sales of trees, following the 10 years of nurturing, all occur yearly within a 4 to 6 week period! Our Christmas tree growers are dedicated agricultural professionals who love to see smiles on the faces of people who purchase and enjoy the trees that they grow!

Find a Delaware Christmas Tree Grower near you at: http://www.delawarechristmastreegrowersassn.com/

NFG 12/5/2016

Delaware’s Urban Agriculture Community During Ag Week

savedateSAVE THE DATE:  Feel the pulse of Delaware’s Urban Agriculture Community!  Join us during Delaware Ag Week to engage in discussion focused on school and community gardens, urban farming, and corner store efforts; learn more about the Delaware Urban Farm & Food Coalition (DEUFFC) and network with members and partners; connect to projects and initiatives and learn how to get involved; and, enjoy local food and drink.  Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6-8 pm with networking and refreshments starting at 5 pm at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N DuPont St, Wilmington, DE 19806.  Registration available soon.  For more information contact Carrie Murphy, Extension Educator, cjmurphy@udel.edu  or (302) 831-COOP.