18 projects

2014 to 2015

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 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.


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.


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


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

2008 to 2009

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.

2007 to 2008

New York State Dairy Herd Improvement Association statistics clearly indicate that substantial profit potential from the replacement heifer enterprise is being left on the table by dairy producers. The road map to capture that potential is well researched and documented. This workshop series takes this action-ready information out to dairy neighborhoods across New York. Participating farms cited changes they will make to improve their heifer enterprise.


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.


The Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Program (DFBS) improves farm production and financial recording keeping, business analysis, goal setting, and economic decision making skills of dairy farmers.