EDI sponsors students to undertake summer service learning internships in South Africa, India (and in 2012, Israel). As part of this program students spend 6 weeks abroad contributing to the work of one or more disability-focused NGO, and at the same time learning about service, and civic responsibility.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators are Cornell University’s front line in helping New York field crop producer clientele with crop production and pest management issues. Keeping CCE personnel informed on the latest information and developments helps us meet Cornell’s high standards for extension outreach and provides clientele with quality, pertinent, timely and user-friendly programs and resources that maximize our educational impacts.
New, cold-hardy wine grape varieties released by the University of Minnesota and private breeders have created a new industry in cold-climate areas where it was previously impossible to grow grapes because of winter low temperatures. New vineyards and wineries (300) are being started by new producers. Research is needed to maximize the benefit of these new varieties to produce products that consumers will like and convert these 'startup businesses' into 'sustainably profitable businesses,' supporting rural economic development in 12 Northeastern and Midwestern states.
The New York State Field Crop Weekly Pest Report provides timely pest information to field crop extension educators and agricultural professionals. The report compiles weekly pest and crop observations collected by field crop extension personnel across New York. In addition, the weekly report provides a vehicle to disseminate other relevant integrated pest management (IPM) information such as pest identification, scouting techniques, and a calendar with suggestions for pest management activities. The pest report is distributed to clientele via two electronic Cornell field crops listservs.
I am part of a four-member regional agricultural extension team called the Lake Ontario Fruit Program. We work with commercial tree fruit and berry growers and other industry personnel, principally in Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, and Wayne counties. My area of programming is fruit quality management. I deal mainly with post-harvest and storage issues and have projects to extend shelf life, fruit quality, profitability, and sustainability.
In the second year after the first GIS vineyard block map was generated, National Grape Cooperative has teamed up with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, to fast track the implementation of GIS mapping for all their grower members. Currently, over 204 grape growers in the Lake Erie region have taken advantage of the maps offered by the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program.
Western bean cutworm (WBC) is an emerging pest in New York with the potential to cause substantial damage to corn and dry beans. This cutworm has historically been a pest in the high plains region of the western U.S. However, in the last decade, infestations have steadily been moving eastward and reached New York in 2009.
Dairy Discovery is an annual, statewide 1 1/2 day program for 15-19 year old youths who come to Cornell's campus for hands-on workshops that delve into the specifics of dairy cattle production management and dairy careers.
As a nation, we depend on farms to produce a constant supply of safe, nutritious food. In addition, U.S. agriculture is a significant contributor to our economy, international trade, and cultural identity. Natural or man-made disasters can have a substantial impact on the safety and security of our nation’s food supply and economic health. One effective way to reduce the impact of disasters is through education, stressing steps to improve disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
The National Plant Diagnostic Network Regional Center is prepared to receive suspect select agent, high consequence and regulatory plant pathogens for rapid evaluation and testing.