Extension of Jefferson County serves as a link and resource for beginning farmers and those requiring a high level of expertise. Educators work with area residents interested in agriculture, farmers and agribusinesses
to provide the latest agricultural developments and innovative technologies at Cornell
University and other research institutions.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is unique among local
organizations and businesses in offering continued educational resources,
enabling the agricultural staff to address food system issues in an all-inclusive
manner. Educators work at a food-system level allowing for a more effective response
to cross-cutting needs such as food safety, food access, local agriculture and
community infrastructure. We offer resources for farmers, and consumers, to
help strengthen our local and regional food systems.
We also partner with the North Country Regional Ag Team. These educators are at your service to provide you with high level agricultural expertise.
For Youth: In addition to the resources we provide for farmers and agribusinesses, we also have agricultural educational opportunities for youth.
Jefferson County Dairy Club - Don’t forget to have your 3 Servings A-DAY, because these
kids sure don’t! If you are extremely experienced in the dairy industry or
looking to gain more knowledge this is the club for you! Youth ranging from age
5-18 participate in everything from Dairy Bowl, Dairy Judging, and Showing to
fundraising and public awareness. This group conducts most of its meetings and
business at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County office and is
always looking for new members.
Livestock Club -
Goats, Sheep, and Beef oh My! The Jefferson County Livestock Club is always
looking for new members to spread a positive message about the animal industry.
This livestock club includes kids with all different skill levels and ages. The
livestock club meets at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County office
usually once a month to plan and execute activities relating to their furry or
AG Extravaganza -This educational event for fourth graders in Jefferson County is held in
September. The objectives of the program are to help students and
understand the food and fiber system, develop an appreciation for
and expose them to the wide variety of agricultural commodities produced
Jefferson County. Students rotate from station to station throughout the
day and interact with presenters to learn about such topics as dairy,
honey, maple syrup, apple cider, sheep, and
wool. Ag Extravaganza is a team effort of individuals from the
agricultural community, including the Jefferson County Farm Bureau,
Extension, and individual farmers/producers.
and Home Safety Day- Where better to learn than on a farm? Each year, students
arrive at Old McDonald’s Farm in Sackets Harbor to get safety tips when working
outdoors, with animals, or with equipment. Classes rotate stations throughout the farm such as animal safety, lawn
mower safety, hearing/ear protection, digging safely, firearm safety, and get
up close and personal with an ambulance and firetruck. This event is
educational, fun and exposes the kids to new experiences they may encounter out
in the rural community!
Last updated September 12, 2019