As a new member of the Community Integrated Pest Management Program, my work has focused on the development of resources that will lead to increased adoption of safe and effective pest management techniques for the public and pest management professionals. By engaging in social media and catering to audiences that acquire information through images and videos on mobile devices, this work can lead to greater awareness of the New York State IPM Program as a resource for pest management.
The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) serves as a focal point to facilitate research, education, and outreach to help farmers in the Northeast become more resilient to extreme weather and climate variability and reduce their impact on climate change, through increased use of renewable energy and adoption of best management practices.
To date, the impact has been to solidify a partnership among CaRDI, LEAD-NY, and American Farmland Trust to develop the Local Agriculture and Land Use Leadership Development Institute curriculum. This effort has also involved reaching out to key partners to seek input on the training.
Anecdotally, keeping pests out of structures is an effective long-term pest management strategy. Despite the intuitive nature of this concept, limited research has evaluated pest exclusion to determine how effectively it works and what products can be utilized. Therefore, the Scientific Coalition on Pest Exclusion (SCOPE) was founded by academics and industry consultants that represent the pest management field, and aim to advance the science of pest exclusion.
Our work is trying to build a research foundation to inform land grant and other university outreach work that is intended to engage with and influence local policy audiences. We are attempting to empirically characterize decision making processes and normatively understand how the academy might more effectively pursue a goal of better supported locally made informed public decisions, especially in the face of policy complexity and controversy
The brown marmorated stink bug invaded from Asia and has spread throughout much of the U.S., causing significant damage to orchard, vegetable and field crops. A new species of microsporidia has been found parasitizing brown marmorated stink bugs. We are describing this obligate pathogen which is native to stinkbugs in both North America and Asia and we are evaluating its distribution and impact of this pathogen on this important new invasive agricultural pest.
New recommendation tool that clearly display soil nutritional status and needs was created for Lake Erie region grape growers that highlights actions needed to increase soil and vine health.
Climate change is affecting agriculture in the northeastern US in many ways. Heavy precipitation events are up 72%, growing seasons are longer, winters are warmer and summers hotter. These changes pose new challenges to agriculture in the region but also potential opportunities to expand and diversify what is grown in the region where 22% of the US population lives. It is critically important to keep farmers, government agencies, policy makers and many others up to date on the challenges but also the opportunities as the climate continues to change.
The Dairy Acceleration Program, a collaboration of Cornell PRO-DAIRY and Cornell Cooperative Extension with the Department of Agriculture and Markets and Department of Environmental Conservation has helped more than 100 New York small- to medium-sized dairy farms assess plans for growth of their businesses and/or improve their environmental stewardship through new or updated Comprehensive Nutrient Management plans. The first 10 of these farms to report on the outcomes of their business plans have invested more than $7 million into their farm businesses.
"Baggs Squared" was a 9-month neighborhood placemaking visioning process facilitated by Rust to Green NY and Rust to Green Utica and involving the Bagg's Square Association and an array of cross-sector collaborators representing such groups as the City of Utica and the NY State DOT.