I taught in Cornell's Prison Education Program in the fall of 2009. My course was in entrepreneurship and the students did case studies and a mini-business plan on an original idea. Their performance was exemplary. Interacting with this particular student population was a new experience for me and I became aware of how important the program is to society as a whole.
Cornell research found certain that certain plants can be used to naturally suppress weeds. Some of these plants are attractive and represent a new market potential for NY greenhouse producers.
With funding from NYFVI we published a color brochure and website to describe these plants and promote their use to suppress weeds and reduce herbicide use in landscapes. We worked with growers and planted on-farm demonstration gardens at several locations across the state.
A recent survey conducted by the Finger Lakes Grape Program (FLGP) has found that its New York Grapes & Wine Classifieds website had an economic impact of more than $1.2 million on the grape and wine industry in New York State in 2011.
Impact Summary: The Northeastern IPM Center, jointly administered by Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University, works with New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the New England states. We foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management, managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We work in partnership with stakeholders from agricultural, urban, and rural settings to identify and address regional priorities for research, education, and outreach.
The 2009 Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference, sponsored by the Agricultural Marketing and Management Program Work Team (PWT), focused on educating agribusiness industry stakeholders about new and innovative marketing practices and tools and enabling them to better market and tell their own unique story. The conference has always been about giving farm producers and value-added agribusiness operations specific marketing tools and improved marketing skills that they can go back and apply to their businesses right away.
A major infestation of arborvitae leafminer was diagnosed after examination of severe and debilitating defoliation in several stands totaling 50k cv. Nigra arborvitae trees. Pest sampling and monitoring protocols were developed based on live trapping and degree-day accumulations and were used to time several applications of contact and systemic insecticides. The infestation was halted resulting in a wholesale saving of $35/tree or $1.75 million for the grower.
In an effort to effectively distribute Integrated Pest Management information to extension educators in the Cornell Extension system an electronic newsletter was established. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to provide integrated pest management updates that will benefit members of the commercial horticulture industry.
A two-day, on the farm course for cattle operators focused on understanding reproductive anatomy, physiology and insemination techniques. Both classroom and hands-on training was utilized. Partnering with the AI industry and receiving a state grant to support the project ensured both expertise and affordability. Participants went home with the experience and tools to work towards inseminating their own cows.
A fortuitous visit of NENYF and Cornell Extension Researchers as part of a review of Regional Production Resources alerted a Crown Point Apple Producer to an incipient Apple Fireblight Disease eruption and for the immediate need of a protective antibiotic application. If the fireblight infection risk had gone unchecked, it very likely would have caused substantial tree injury and crop losses in 2008, and increased such risks for 2009, and 2010.
Alfalfa is a major economic crop in New York. It is often grown in rotation with corn where, on dairies, manure is applied to corn fields to meet nitrogen needs and build potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur levels. Questions arise related to the potassium and sulfur needs of alfalfa, given high fertilizer prices and reduced sulfur deposition.