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.
A new ILR School-based Institute for Worker Rights and Collective Representation aims to bring together resident faculty with labor programs extension facullty to advance research, teaching and outreach in expanded collaborative efforts. This is an important, exciting new ILR initiative currently in the launching phase.
ediONLINE has become the premier on line method of obtaining benefits planning training in the nation.
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.
Well contamination events in the Batavia, NY area emphasized the need for development of guidance that helps producers and farm advisors identify high-risk areas and implement best management practices that reduce the risk of contamination. A set of guidelines was developed for Genesee County’s karst area. Trainings were held in the fall of 2010, and a final guidance document was published in early 2011. CNMP planners have implemented the new guidelines prescribed by the document.
When a new downy mildew disease began to destroy impatiens, the number one bedding plant, in the New York landscape in fall 2011, we began to work with plant producers and landscapers to ensure that they were all aware of the problem and understood the key facts of its biology—and what this new problem would mean for their businesses. We scheduled informational meetings, prepared fact sheets and a podcast and posted them online, talked to garden writers, wrote articles and gave presentations on the subject at horticultural conferences at the local, state and national levels.
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.
In response to the myriad challenges and changes facing Upstate NY, CaRDI organized a State of Upstate NY conference held June 2011. In terms of effort, it was a continuation of the 2005 Rural Vision Project.