New, cold-hardy wine grape varieties released by the University of Minnesota and private breeders have created a new industry in cold-climate areas where it was previously impossible to grow grapes because of winter low temperatures. New vineyards and wineries (300) are being started by new producers. Research is needed to maximize the benefit of these new varieties to produce products that consumers will like and convert these 'startup businesses' into 'sustainably profitable businesses,' supporting rural economic development in 12 Northeastern and Midwestern states.
Awareness of poverty and hardship in Hamilton County has manifested in the growing use of the “Hamilton County Community Action Agency Food Pantry,” which has more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, from 823 to 2,207 individuals in a county with total population 4,836. Awareness has led to an effort to enhance the quality and quantity of food by freezing vegetables and fruits grown in a community garden.
Algorithms have become critically important in structuring how we communicate, how we understand, how we buy, how we predict, and how we participate in public life. Evidence of this is everywhere: the democratic process, political campaigns, and the ongoing relations between citizens and government; the workings of the financial market and consumer sphere; our encounters with popular entertainment and public knowledge; our interactions with our social networks; education, academic research, and the production of knowledge.
The policy communication workshop consists of activities designed to expose students and researchers from sub-Saharan Africa to both the rationale and the methodology of communication of research findings to policy makers. The activities consist mostly of a series of workshops organized during various professional meetings. These workshops have been supported by multiple sources (e.g., Cornell, the Hewlett Foundation, and the PAA for instance).
Ladybugs are important because they provide natural control of insect pests of plants, particularly aphids. Unfortunately, native ladybugs seem to be declining. Some seem to have declined to near extinction in the last decade, and these changes may interfere with our ability to produce the crops we rely on. We have developed the Lost Ladybug Project to teach non-specialists about ladybugs and the importance of biodiversity and to recruit them to participate in our search for ladybugs.
My research focuses on present-day challenges facing agriculture, such as climate change, environmental degradation, land grabbing, and conversion of crop land to fuel production.
Development of the Marcellus Shale has created many opportunities for researchers to examine the social, economic and environmental impacts of large-scale natural gas development for the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
Labor-intensive agriculture is highly dependent upon the work performed by immigrants.
In response to the myriad challenges and changes facing Upstate NY, CaRDI organized a State of Upstate NY conference held June 2011. In terms of effort, it was a continuation of the 2005 Rural Vision Project.
This project is to study the archaeological work that has been undertaken in American cemeteries and what has been learned by 40 years of research.