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.
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.
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.
Development of the Marcellus Shale has created many opportunities for researchers to examine the social, economic and environmental impacts of large-scale natural gas development for the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
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.
The divisiveness around potential hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale has opened a broader dialogue about how we are to responsibly meet our energy needs.
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.
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.
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.