Thursday, February 11, 2016

Attention Cattaraugus County Farmers! 


Southern Tier Agricultural Enhancement Program Grant 

The Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to deliver a grants program to support agricultural projects in the county.
Funding is now available through the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program to eligible farmer landowners to complete projects that increase farm production, advance on farm conservation/environmental goals, and enhance profitability.
Funding is available to address a variety of projects:
* $20,000 - $50,000: 90% state cost share rate (applicants provide 10% match)
* $50,001 - $100,000: 75% state cost share rate (applicants provide 25% match)
For additional information and to obtain an application, please contact:
Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District (716) 699-2326 or .

Projects must implement part(s) of a farm business or environmental plan. Farms must meet all eligibility requirements and participate in the Agricultural Environmental Management program. 

General information is available here .

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

2016 Cattaraugus County Envirothon

Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School’s Team #1 took first place in the 2016 Cattaraugus County Envirothon, held on April 27th at Allegany State Park.  Led by advisor Mr. Anthony Schabloski, Cattaraugus-Little Valley will now advance to represent Cattaraugus County at the 2016 New York State Envirothon at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva on May 25th and 26th.  Allegany-Limestone Central’s Team #1 placed 2nd, and Randolph Central’s Team #1 placed 3rd in this year’s event. 

In all, 11 teams representing 8 schools participated in this year’s program. Other participating schools included Ellicottville, Franklinville, Gowanda, Hinsdale, and Pioneer.  In all, over 60 high school students competed in the program.  The Envirothon has been held in Cattaraugus County since 1992.

The Envirothon is the largest conservation education program in North America, and begins at the local level with several schools from each county competing to advance to a statewide and ultimately a continent-wide event.  The Cattaraugus County Envirothon is organized by the Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District. 

The Envirothon is an outdoor, hands-on event that emphasizes teamwork, with each participating school sending up to two five-member teams of high school students.  The teams compete to test their knowledge of various natural resource related topics, including wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatics, and a current issue topic, which for 2016 was “Invasive Species".  The teams work together to complete exams at five different stations that address these subjects.  They may be required to identify various species of trees, wildlife, and fish that are available on display and answer specific questions about habitat and other environmental issues related to the species.  They may also aquatic insects or use a soil survey report to evaluate the soils on a given site.  An oral presentation on the Current Issues topic is rated as part of the score at the Current Issues station.  Scores for the five exams are totaled, and the team with the highest cumulative score wins the competition.

The Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District pulls together over 30 volunteers, including representatives from various agencies, organizations, and companies who pitch in to help carry out the event.  Some of these include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and US Forest Service; NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Allegany State Park; several Cattaraugus County agencies including the Youth Bureau, Public Works, and Health Dept.;  Trout Unlimited; etc.  Several individual volunteers also assisted with the program as well.

Funding for the event is provided entirely from contributions received from many local businesses and organizations.  Gernatt Asphalt was a primary sponsor of the program in 2016.  These contributions are used for providing prizes, T-shirts, reference materials, and refreshments for the participants, as well as reserving the site and sending the winning team to the state competition.

  1st Place - Catt-Little Valley                                                      2nd Place - Allegany-Limestone                                                      3rd Place - Randolph