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.
The viticulture and enology steering committee created a quarterly electronic newsletter, Appellation Cornell, to provide in-depth research articles written for laypersons, as well as faculty profiles, student profiles, industry profiles, and brief articles to highlight research, extension, and teaching activities of Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program to a national and international audience. In its first year, readership comprised 1000 to 1500 online subscribers in 45 states, three Canadian provinces, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Fifty articles were published in 2010.
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) seeks to provide fundamental, science-based, on-farm food safety knowledge to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers and regulatory personnel while addressing future produce safety regulations resulting from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The PSA was formed in 2010 through a cooperative agreement between Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration.
The Network for Environment & Weather Applications (NEWA), a network of electronic weather stations collecting data on farms, partners with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) for data acquisition, quality control, weather information delivery, and pest forecast model programming.
Invasive species can have a major impact on the ability to export agricultural goods in our global economy. Monitoring for invasive species yet to be found in New York state is a major component of the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey, a cooperative project between the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the state Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension grape programs.
We developed a web-based tool that growers can use to better match nitrogen fertilizer amount and timing with corn crop requirements for maximum production.
This research program is aimed at improving the sustainability of the floriculture industry by developing practices that allow producers to produce high-value crops while using fertilizers, water and energy resources efficiently. For example, floriculture yield losses often result from poor irrigation water quality or improper fertilization practices. The improved efficiency of water and fertilizers has the potential to decrease fertilizer leaching, which will help protect our state's water resources.