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.
The CaRDI Sustainable Communities Webinar Series is designed to address topics related to the long term social, economic, and ecological sustainability of communities. We've chosen these topics with the goal of providing extension educators, community and economic developers, elected officials, and other local leaders with information that facilitates informed decision making at the community level.
This project has resulted in building leadership capacity and decision-making skills for leaders and managers of farmer-owned enterprises such as cooperatives or nonprofit organizations.
Cornell NutritionWorks, at www.nutritionworks.cornell.edu, is an interactive, web-based continuing professional education program for nutrition and health practitioners developed by the Division of Nutritional Sciences. One offering is a six-week, in-depth online course, Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Ecological Approach.
Due to today’s relatively favorable commodity prices, farmers are trying to increase yields by installing pattern drainage systems, which have been proven to be a long term investment to improve soil conditions and increase yields. The North West New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team organized trials with tractor pulled tile plows and GPS control systems to evaluate their performance under WNY conditions.
Labor-intensive agriculture is highly dependent upon the work performed by immigrants.
The divisiveness around potential hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale has opened a broader dialogue about how we are to responsibly meet our energy needs.