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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC) modified, tested, and delivered an outdoor adventures-based ‘Scavenger Hunt Exploration’ to educate the public and the New York Harbor School student body about the ecology, natural landscape, culture, and history of Governors Island, the Hudson River and the New York Harbor, involving a group of NY Harbor School secondary students as assistants.
We developed a web-based tool that growers can use to better match nitrogen fertilizer amount and timing with corn crop requirements for maximum production.