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.
Tactical Ag (TAg) Teams have been an effective teaching model for bringing small groups of producers together in a hands-on approach by using their fields as outdoor classrooms. The principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and improved crop cultural practices have been the educational focus of the TAg program. In the past six seasons, 11 soybean TAg Teams encompassing 28,000 acres of soybeans, have been established in the Northwest New York (NWNY) region.
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.
A fundamental objective is to educate current and future leaders on basic economic principles and characteristics relevant to dairy markets and policy. This includes working with members of industry and government agencies, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, I seek to provide and interpret market and policy information, and assist and advise industry members and policy makers as they seek to understand or develop dairy policies or new marketing institutions, mechanisms, and practices.
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.