Thursday, February 16, 2012 12 noon – 3:00pm
Week 3: Soil Management & Equipment
Thursday, February 23, 2012 12 noon – 3:00pm @ Extension Classroom
Week 4: Row Crop (Corn & Soybeans) Management
Thursday, March 1, 2012 12 noon- 3:00pm @ Extension Classroom
Week 5: Pest Management, Part 1 (NYS DEC Pesticide Credits)
Thursday, March 8, 2012 12 noon – 3:00pm @ Extension Classroom
Week 6: Pest Management, Part 2 (NYS DEC Pesticide Credits)
Lyme disease high-risk areas revealed in new map. An extensive field study has identified areas of the United States where people have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that high infection risk is mainly confined to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest regions. To collect data for the study, scientists studied 304 sites from Maine to Florida, and across the Midwest, between 2004 and 2007. At each location, “tick hunters” combed for Lyme disease-carrying ticks called black-legged ticks. The findings showed a heightened risk of Lyme disease in large parts of the Northeast, from Maine going as far south as Maryland and northern Virginia. The researchers also identified a separate and distinct Lyme disease risk region in the upper Midwest that includes most of Wisconsin, a large area in northern Minnesota, and a sliver of northern Illinois. The researchers noted the study did not examine risk in the West, where Lyme disease is believed to be confined to areas along the Pacific Coast, and where a different tick species, known as the western black-legged tick, carries the bacteria. The South was rated as having a low infection risk, according to the survey findings. The study is published in the February issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
This map released by the Yale School of Public Health indicates areas of the eastern U.S. where people have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease based on data from 2004-2007. (Credit: AP)
Qualified St. Lawrence County taxpayers can take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of free income tax preparation through April 17.
Sponsor Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County can offer the VITA program to most taxpayers with gross household income less than $50,000. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (315) 379-9192.