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.
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) seeks to provide fundamental, science-based, on-farm food safety knowledge to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers and regulatory personnel while addressing future produce safety regulations resulting from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The PSA was formed in 2010 through a cooperative agreement between Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration.
We are learning the extent and severity of dairy food chain contamination with mycotoxins, toxins that come from fungi, that impact human health.
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.
About half the world cooks on inefficient open flames. The stoves slow economic development, harm the environment, and worsen people's health. Our extensive multi-year study examines the factors that cause people to adopt modern, more efficient cookstoves and studies the actual use of those cookstoves once adopted.
Water use reporting legislation was revised and signed into law in August 2011. Dairy producers needed information about the requirements, an explanation of the DEC reporting form, as well as a tool for estimating water use.
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.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC), in partnership with Central Park Conservancy, planned, delivered and evaluated an intensive 16-session certification course for staff and volunteers of Central Park and other City parks through interactive and hands-on classroom/lab and field instruction in soils, plants, pest management, and other subjects related to managing urban landscapes sustainably.
Building on the success of the annual, campus based IPM In-depth workshop, (a hands-on educational program for growers) we proposed, and received funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute for, adding a series of programs to be held at locations throughout NY over a two year period. We are working with five New York growers and the New York State Flower Industries to gather input regarding the content and the locations of these regional workshops and associated on-farm tours.