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.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences annually organizes teaching workshops to provide new ideas for faculty members to enhance the learning experiences of students as they prepare to become leaders in society.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC is co-leading a 2.5 year national project that involves approximately 60 schools in 4 States in a randomized controlled trial examining effects of school gardens on fruit and vegetable consumption and other outcomes.
The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs provide professional development opportunities and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6-16, pre-service and in-service, and extension) on the topics of bioenergy and bioproducts. Annually, this USDA-funded program, led by Cornell University, operates through five sites in four states (New York, Maryland, Ohio, and Delaware) in the Northeastern U.S. to provide summer workshops, internships and more than 60 teacher training positions.
The Northern Grapes Project aims at developing research-based viticulture, enology, and marketing recommendations for novel cold-climate wine grape cultivars that support a growing rural small-winery industry in the upper Midwest and New England.
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.
This work will provide solutions for minimizing microbial biofilm formation and pathogen contamination in food processing plants, thus reducing the incidence of food-borne illness.
The Cornell Small Grains Breeding and Genetics Project has released a new soft white winter wheat variety called Medina with exceptionally high grain yield, grain quality and disease resistance. This variety is moderately resistant to fusarium head blight and is more sprout resistant than older varieties, thus increasing the efficiency of production for the farmer and thereby resulting in higher profits.
Invasive species can have a major impact on the ability to export agricultural goods in our global economy. Monitoring for invasive species yet to be found in New York state is a major component of the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey, a cooperative project between the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the state Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension grape programs.
The viticulture and enology steering committee created a quarterly electronic newsletter, Appellation Cornell, to provide in-depth research articles written for laypersons, as well as faculty profiles, student profiles, industry profiles, and brief articles to highlight research, extension, and teaching activities of Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program to a national and international audience. In its first year, readership comprised 1000 to 1500 online subscribers in 45 states, three Canadian provinces, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Fifty articles were published in 2010.