Cornell Cooperative Extension, Putnam (Aired on June 22 and 23, 2019)

 

Since 1862, states were empowered to set aside land that would be used to fund
institutes of higher education that would feature agriculture and engineering
along with other studies. These “land-grant colleges” became the basis of a
1914 law that had the Department of Agriculture work in improving agriculture
and rural life. Today every state has cooperative extensions that carry out this
mandate, including extension offices in every country of New York State, which
work with Cornell University. For this program, Radio Rotary interviews Stefanie
Hubert, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative
Extension. There are many fascinating topics, ranging from the effort to
encourage farmers to grow hemp; the master-gardener program; advice for good
nutrition; and the 4-H program for youth—which on the last weekend in July in
Putnam County puts on the only free-standing 4-H Fair in the nation.

Learn more:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/
Cooperative Extension History: https://nifa.usda.gov/cooperative-extension-history
Master Gardeners: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/master-gardeners
Slow Food USA: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Education, Environment, Events, Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

Rich Schiafo on Food Recovery (Aired on January 27 and January 28, 2018)

Food Recovery in the Hudson Valley (Aired on January 27 & 28, 2018) Rich Schiafo of the Hudson Valley Regional Council returns to RadioRotary to tell the listeners about the national problem of food waste. Of the many astonishing statistics Mr. Schiafo discusses, perhaps the most alarming is that40% of all the food produced in the United States goes to waste, much of it landing in landfills where it contributes to the production of methane, a global-warming gas. Some of the food is left in the farmers’ fields, where it can be taken and used by gleaning—going through the field by hand and collecting the remaining food. Another waste is food that has been deemed imperfect or ugly in some way, but that is perfectly edible despite the flaws. Listeners will learn about the different interpretations of use-by or sell-by dates. There are many aspects to food recovery and prevention of food waste, with volunteers throughout the Hudson Valley making the effort to get otherwise disposable food into food pantries and shelters where it will be welcomed by the hungry.

Learn more:

Hudson Valley Regional Council
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Roundout Valley Growers
Imperfect Produce
The Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign
Long Table Harvest

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February 17, 2018 · Posted in Environment, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Volunteers  

Rotary International Convention From Atlanta Georgia Show Number 9 (Aired on January 13 and 14th, 2018)

Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 9 (Aired on January 13 & 14, 2018)

The ninth compilation of interviews with humanitarians conducted by
RadioRotary at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta focuses largely on
Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) and their humanitarian aims, but it also includes
a special interview with golf-great Jack Nicklaus. Rotarian Action Groups
discussed include efforts to protect endangered species, prevention of all types of addiction from tobacco and gambling to heroin, encouragement for an increase in blood donations around the world, and training local communities in the method to correct clubfoot. Mr. Nicklaus tells why he is a Rotary Polio Ambassador, beginning with his own experience of polio at age 13.
Learn more:
RAGES Inc. (RAG for Endangered Species)
Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention
Global Network for Blood Donation
Rotarian Action Group for Clubfoot
Rotarian Action Groups
Rotary Partners and Ambassadors

 

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Rotarian Bryan Bunch On The Environment (Aired on November 25 and November 26 2017)

Rotary Efforts to Deal with Climate Change (Aired on November 25 and 26, 2014) RadioRotary producer Kathy Kruger interviews Rotarian Bryan Bunch (Millbrook), a member of the Rotary District 7210 Environmental Action Committee, which has as its main mission this year promoting tree-planting, a major goal of 2017-18 Rotary International. RI President Ian H.S. Riseley has asked every one of the 1.5 million Rotarians to plant a tree as part of the effort to reduce the impact of global warming. Topics covered include the causes of climate change, the effects of climate change on the weather (especially hurricanes), effects on life forms such as coral reefs, sea-level rise, a history of changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide, and steps individuals can take to
mitigate global warming.

Learn more:
Rotary International 2017-18 Theme:
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Climate
Change:
How Trees Fight Climate Change
Climate Change in Hurricanes of 2017
Best Trees to Fight Global Warming

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