In November 2015, the two co-leaders for Cornell Garden-Based Learning (CGBL), Marcia Eames-Sheavly and Lori Brewer, hosted a three-day partnership convening at Light on the Hill, a retreat center in Van Etten, NY; we received a CALS diversity grant to offset the cost of this retreat. We invited representatives of the New York State Food Banks, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, and community members and campus-based professionals with important perspectives.
Onions are an important crop in New York, accounting for 97% of the onion production in the northeastern United States and ranked 6th for onion production across the country with an annual area of over 10,000 acres and sales of approximately $52 million. Stemphylium leaf blight has emerged as a major disease of onion in NY and Canada in recent years.
My goal is to increase honey bee health by educating beekeepers, gardeners, the public, government, and pesticide applicators. I use a variety of avenues and platforms to educate and inform these individuals including the following:
• Advising particular groups, such as the NYS Pollinator Task Force Team and the Apiary Industry Advisory Committee
• Creating a brand new pollinator website for anyone to access: www.pollinator.entomology.cornell.edu
The recent farm brewery legislation passed in New York State has created the need for locally grown brewing materials; making hops one of the fastest growing agricultural commodities in the state. With the recent downturn in the market for Concord grapes, growers in the Lake Erie region have started looking for alternative crops that fit into their current vineyard operations.
As one of three State-Appointed Monitors to study and make recommendations to NY State, we have made extraordinary progress in understanding, building relationships, and designing a path forward to heal the East Ramapo Community. This community, with 8000 predominantly poor, minority students and 24,000 ultra-orthodox Jewish children attending private yeshivas, and been embroiled in a local community struggle over control of the public school system, severe fiscal stress, and first amendment rights and responsibilities.
The NYS Field Crop Weekly Pest Report provides timely pest information to field crop extension educators and agricultural professionals. The report compiles weekly pest and crop observations collected by field crop extension personnel across NYS. In addition, the weekly report provides a vehicle to disseminate other relevant IPM information such as pest identification, scouting techniques and a calendar with suggestions for pest management activities.
February 2015 will go down as one of the coldest on record pushing many vineyards past their hardiness thresholds. On February 16th, early morning temperatures reached damaging levels for most regionally grown grape varieties. NEWA weather stations across the Lake Erie region ranged from -17ᵒF to -29.9ᵒF. These cold temperatures left many grape growers with concerns about freeze damage. In response, the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) personnel combined efforts to determine the effects of the low temperatures.
The continuing IPM In-depth programs are a successful way of providing insect management to growers with a record of grower implementation.