Many homeowners have conflicts with nuisance wildlife. We have developed a curriculum for managing nuisance wildlife specifically targeted for wildlife control operators. The course contains two printed books, online web content, and a certification exam.
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.
Recent Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stated that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and have documented widespread evidence of global warming and other major climatic changes, as well as their impacts. These impacts in rural areas – on agriculture, farmers, rural households and rural communities – can be expected to be increasingly substantial. This project reports the results of research to identify and prioritize stakeholder-driven, locally relevant response options to climate change affecting agriculture in the Middle East.
The purpose of this project was to provide food importers with information about the current status of the safety of imported foods.
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.
Face to face discussion with key leaders and volunteers in 55 CCE county horticulture/gardening education programs about our statewide effort around developing a consistent inquiry response system/approach and identify existing practices and gaps in skills and knowledge cultivating quality two-way communication between campus and county programs as well as an understanding that some fundamental communication infrastructure and current resources are needed as a first step in becoming more consistent and efficient in responding to NYS citizen's inquiries related to gardening.
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.
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.
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.
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.