Over 30 growers are successfully using the H-2A program in W.N.Y. with over 400 workers in the program. These thirty farms represent over 6,000 acres of fruit, bearing on average 850 bushels to the acre, at a value of over $41 million dollars to the farm, without the added value of storage, packing and marketing.There are many more growers exploring the use of this program for use next year because of the loss of workers during the fall of 2011.
This project examines why people trust science and scientists and what influences their attitudes toward scientific research in new and emerging areas of technology, such as nanoscale science and engineering (NSE). As communication researchers, our particular interests include looking at how people evaluate the communication they receive about science, either in person or through the mass media, and how this information relates to their attitudes toward science and scientists.
Some apple varieties are susceptible to a storage disorder known as external carbon dioxide injury. The most susceptible varieties, McIntosh, Empire and Cortland, are important for the New York industry.
This injury is visible on the skin of the fruit and can result in serious economic losses. Risk of injury is greater when fruit has been stored with the new SmartFresh technology that has had a huge positive impact for many New York apple varieties by maintaining texture not only during storage during marketing and in consumers' homes.
This project is designed to investigate the metabolic basis of oil production in oilseed rape (known as "canola" in Canada) in relation to the use of the oil as an alternative energy source or a chemical feedstock. Initial work is focused on the role of membrane transport systems in supplying carbohydrate to the site of oil synthesis in the developing seeds.
For the past five years, outreach efforts have been conducted to increase the awareness and use of the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program. The program supplies professional mediators that can help address conflicts between a farm and another party. The service is offered free through the state`s unified court system and funded by USDA.
The dairy specialists of the Northwest New York (NWNY) Team have acted as facilitators and resource investigators for a regional dairy discussion group known as MOPED - Modern Operators of Progressive and Expanding Dairies. Close relationships developed through this MOPED effort have provided the NWNY Team with producers willing to host on-farm extension programs including Hoof Care, Calf Specialist, Feed Manager and AI and Reproduction as well as out-of-area tours. Group dinner seminars and field trips highlight management, facility and personnel topics that have economic significance.
Partners in Science Education is an opportunity for scientists who work in our community to help enrich the science education in local schools. Scientists from Cornell's Agricultural Experiment Station and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges are participating in this service program to help students understand that science is a fascinating, creative, and hands-on activity.
This is a horticulture-based project working on the needs of the dry bean and potato industries in New York.