9 projects

2011 to 2014

Awareness of poverty and hardship in Hamilton County has manifested in the growing use of the “Hamilton County Community Action Agency Food Pantry,” which has more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, from 823 to 2,207 individuals in a county with total population 4,836. Awareness has led to an effort to enhance the quality and quantity of food by freezing vegetables and fruits grown in a community garden.

2009

The PRO-DAIRY mission is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of New York's dairy businesses through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability while advancing dairy professionals' knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for dairying.

2009 to 2010

New cold-climate wine-grape cultivars that are hardy down to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, developed by University of Minnesota and private breeders, have spawned a new small winery industry where it was previously impossible to grow grapes—including the Thousand Islands and Lake Champlain regions of New York. Vineyard owners along with research and extension personnel from ten Midwestern and Northeastern states convened to plan a research and extension strategy to promote development of this new industry.

2008

As animal breeders and genetic specialists, we work to apply genetic principles to the selection of beef cattle with economically relevant traits.

2008

Poor health, particularly mental health, traps low income families in food insecurity.

2007

The Dairy Profit Monitor is an outreach project that aims to provide dairy producers with a tool that allows them to track monthly key parameters that are affected by management decisions, while providing the opportunity to track these benchmarks against themselves and other farms through a web-based system. We aimed to do this in a way that was simple, fast, and convenient for the producer yet flexible and valuable for their business at the same time.

2007

FarmNet and FarmLink respond to New York farm families` requests for information and one-on-one counseling for farm financial and farm family problems. We also assist in the development of succession plans and business plans for the future sustainability of the farm.

2007

An extension education model program was designed for a farm owner. The design was developed to serve the public in the following ways: Creating awareness about agriculture in a small farm setting; develop an awareness among farmers about potential alternatives in practice; and to demonstrate practices that have potential for starting small-scale farm operations. The program is designed to serve the public in educating about agriculture in a small farm setting including potential alternatives in practice, small-scale practices, and start up options.

2007

Potato leafhopper (PLH) often is the most damaging alfalfa insect pest in the Northeast (NE). Forage grasses in mixture with alfalfa can cause PLH to emigrate and are environmentally beneficial. In the seeding year, a visual rating of damage from PLH to conventional alfalfa when planted with a grass was significantly less than for alfalfa seeded alone, and damage ratings to PLH-resistant alfalfa with or without a grass were similar, and were significantly less, than for the conventional alfalfa.