We evaluated use of wild fish and game in the diet of 3 key stakeholder groups in the Finger Lakes region of New York State: locavores, food-insecure families, and families of hunters and anglers. We explored current use of wild-caught meat, how the fish and game was procured, and potential barriers to consuming these foods. We also analyzed meat from brook trout, ruffed grouse, and Canada geese and added the results to the USDA National Nutrition Database.
A series of on-farm summer field meetings were held for dairy and beef producers to increase awareness of issues and IPM approaches to manage nuisance and biting flies on dairy cattle in and around confinement areas and for animals on pasture.
This project leverages YardMap, a social network for people interested in urban backyard habitat, by working with groups of neighboring property owners to manage their individual properties based on common, consensus-based goals. This project will develop outreach, community-based strategies, and community planning and design methods and tools by working with three communities in New York state to develop schematic plans that seek to enhance the condition of urban habitats on properties of participating landowners for neighborhood-scale benefits.
Our laboratory has acquired four types of full-fat and de-fatted microalgal biomass from biofuel production research that contain 14 to 38% crude protein and 2 to 9% crude fat. We have conducted a series of experiments to determine the safety and nutrient efficacy of supplementing these four types of biomass up to 25% in the diets of weanling pigs, broiler chicks, and laying hens.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC is co-leading a 2.5 year national project that involves approximately 60 schools in 4 States in a randomized controlled trial examining effects of school gardens on fruit and vegetable consumption and other outcomes.
Face to face discussion with key leaders and volunteers in 55 CCE county horticulture/gardening education programs about our statewide effort around developing a consistent inquiry response system/approach and identify existing practices and gaps in skills and knowledge cultivating quality two-way communication between campus and county programs as well as an understanding that some fundamental communication infrastructure and current resources are needed as a first step in becoming more consistent and efficient in responding to NYS citizen's inquiries related to gardening.
Conversion of lands in the Northeast to perennial grass bioenergy crops is not merely a future possibility; it is already underway. These crops provide net energy returns that are greater than conventional row crops, as well as such ecosystem benefits as increased organic matter levels in soil, reduced erosion potential, and low fertilizer and pesticide requirements.
The New York State 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 New York. In addition, the weekly report provides a vehicle to disseminate other relevant integrated pest management (IPM) information such as pest identification, scouting techniques, and a calendar with suggestions for pest management activities. The pest report is distributed to clientele via two electronic Cornell field crops listservs.
My role in this project is to improve our model to manage nitrogen/water in corn production systems to identify practices that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from those systems.
Soybean acres continue to increase on the dairy farm as a way to decrease purchased soybean meal and other high priced protein sources. Soybeans are a new crop to many dairies, and education is needed on crop production practices and the principles of integrated pest management to maintain profitable yields. The Tactical Ag (TAg) Teams teaching model was utilized, and two dairy teams improved their soybean production skills utilizing a hands-on approach and using their own fields as outdoor classrooms.