Group housing of calves with its attendant use of waste milk in a safe manner offers economical and biological advantages to producers. Previously held beliefs regarding disease risk have been changed with a new definition of proper ventilation and the advantages of more natural feeding methods and social interaction amongst baby calves.
President Obama ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to elevate efforts to dramatically improve Chesapeake Bay water quality by 2025 through the implementation and enforcement of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. The watershed states were asked to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and give target load reductions.
The Cornell Dairy Fellows Program is designed for students who are interested in careers related to the dairy industry. Approximately 140 students participate in the Fellows Program each year. The program integrates a set of courses addressing the disciplines in the industry, industry and farm visits, in-depth farm analysis, seminars with industry leaders, industry conferences, exchange programs, international trips, and summer internships in dairy-related careers. These experiences allow students to apply their knowledge, skills, and mind-set in multiple real-life situations.
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.
The goal of my research program is to identify and evaluate multiple strategies than can be integrated to control weeds in vegetable and fruit crops. The strategies may be traditional (chemical, mechanical) or more unusual (cover crops, natural products, weed biology/ecology, crop rotations). The intention is to develop methods of ensuring continued production of healthy foods while maintaining economic sustainability for growers and the safety of the food supply and environment.
Choose Health at 4-H Camp: This project incorporates instructional activities and environmental modifications that foster behavioral changes in diet, physical activity, and consumer behavior in participating campers. It contributes to the Choose Health initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the 4-H Youth Development Program, addressing the alarming statistics of child and adolescent obesity. Learning to make healthy choices is at the core of 4-H youth development's basic values.
As animal breeders and genetic specialists, we work to apply genetic principles to the selection of beef cattle with economically relevant traits.
The goal of this two-year study is to validate the use of a temperature-driven phenology model to time the application of insecticide for the control of grape berry moth (GBM), the key insect pest of grapes in the eastern United States. This multi-state project used replicated plots in vineyards in the Finger Lakes and Lake Erie Regions of New York, the Lake Erie Region of Pennsylvania and the Southwestern region of Michigan. This report details first-year results from the Lake Erie region of New York.
Poor health, particularly mental health, traps low income families in food insecurity.
The primary objective of this program is to help farm managers improve the financial management of their businesses through the appropriate use of historical farm data and the application of modern farm business analysis techniques. The project identifies the business and financial information that fruit farmers need and provides a framework for use in identifying and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the farm business. In some instances, we provide cost and investment analysis estimates to help growers who are contemplating new enterprises (e.g., growing vinifera grapes).