Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is a collaborative effort with America’s communities to support military kids impacted by the Overseas Contingency Operations. An official, nationwide program launch occurred on April 6, 2005, led by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. New York was one of the original Operation: Military Kids states. Operation: Military Kids provides support to military
children and their families before, during, and after the
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Sea Grant Program worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Stony Brook University to develop a Regional Sediment Management program for the state's Atlantic coast. This effort brought together federal, state and local interests to identify problems and opportunities for better management and utilization of coastal sediments to protect coastal resources and to maintain natural transport processes to protect the environment and mitigate the impacts of erosion and sea level rise on New York’s coast.
Building on the success of the annual, campus based IPM In-depth workshop, (a hands-on educational program for growers) we proposed, and received funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute for, adding a series of programs to be held at locations throughout NY over a two year period. We are working with five New York growers and the New York State Flower Industries to gather input regarding the content and the locations of these regional workshops and associated on-farm tours.
When released into fields of sweet corn, the tiny wasp Trichogramma ostriniae is effective at suppressing infestations of the European corn borer, a serious pest of the crop. A single release made early in the season is generally all that is needed to reduce damage by 50 percent or more, and multiple releases have proven even more effective. This often results in a reduction in the need for insecticide treatments, thus minimizing risks to health and the environment. The technique is effective in sweet corn and also peppers and potatoes.
Dairy Skills Training delivers information and hands-on training and experience to dairy farm workers in a variety of management areas in Western New York.
Use of biodegradable plastic mulch eliminated the need for in-row shallow cultivation, herbicides, and costly follow-up hand weeding labor in new strawberry and blueberry cooperator trials.
For the last seven years we have been actively developing non-chemical, reduced risk and organic cultural pest management programs for golf turf. This work has attracted great interest in the U.S. and abroad and has spurred growth in our evaluation of new technologies. Taken in concert, the existing research is ready for expanded application, and we have begun delivery via a number of educational strategies.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC) planned and delivered landscape horticulture professional development training courses of varying levels and intensity to multiple audiences, including grounds maintenance staff of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), professionals and green jobs trainees, and as part of the Sustainable South Bronx’s BEST Academy for green collar jobs training.
A Youth Grow summit served as the inspiration and opportunity to launch a new youth leadership project in the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs are becoming standard in the food manufacturing industry to minimize risks of food-borne illness or injury. Under the Milk Quality Improvement Program (MQIP), we have provided training in HACCP and direct assistance to small processors that have limited resources.