Late blight is a serious plant disease that affects both gardeners and farmers. Because infected plants produce huge quantities of spores that spread the disease, accurate disease identification and appropriate response are important for everyone in the community growing tomatoes or potatoes. We engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program coordinators to plan and present a series of five workshops for Master Gardener Volunteers across the state.
The Capital District Vegetable & Small Fruit Program is one of the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county area in the Capital Region of the state: Albany, Columbia, Fulton Montgomery, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties. The team's specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the vegetable and small fruit industries.
As animal breeders and genetic specialists, we work to apply genetic principles to the selection of beef cattle with economically relevant traits.
Cornell’s Pest Management Guidelines for Tree Fruit Production have traditionally been a primary information source for producers. Printed guidelines cannot deliver IPM information in “real time” during the season. Web-based IPM sites that have access to weather data can provide pest development forecasts so that pest populations can be sampled and monitored at appropriate times and insure that pesticide applications and other control tactics are properly timed. Websites can also help growers choose the most appropriate pesticide when necessary.
The benefits of gardening are many, including fostering environmental/scientific literacy, community building and social integration and human well-being. Gardening benefits are maximized when garden success is achieved.
Cultivating a group of well-informed community leaders through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) county Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) programs puts research-based knowledge related to successful and ecologically sound gardening practices to work in homes, schools and communities throughout New York state.
Poor health, particularly mental health, traps low income families in food insecurity.
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.
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.
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.
Mobilizing volunteers through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program helps the New York's land grant university maintain a presence that is responsive to local needs and efficiently spreads quality, evidence-based, ecologically sound gardening approaches throughout the state.