343 projects

2010 to 2009

We examined using wheat as an example if public plant varieties were more disease resistant than private ones protected by intellectual property. We found the opposite to be true, countering some expressed concerns about intellectual proeprty rights systems. However the resisistanc ederives from public varieties, indicating the need to maintain investmnent in public breeding.

2010 to 2011

Due to today’s relatively favorable commodity prices, farmers are trying to increase yields by installing pattern drainage systems, which have been proven to be a long term investment to improve soil conditions and increase yields. The North West New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team organized trials with tractor pulled tile plows and GPS control systems to evaluate their performance under WNY conditions.

2010 to 2014

Poverty risk across the adult life course is not measured or understood within the United States; yet, it is a critical piece of information for framing policy discussions about human welfare. My co-author Mark Rank and I computed this risk prospectively for adults between the ages of 25 and 60.

2010 to 2011

The divisiveness around potential hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale has opened a broader dialogue about how we are to responsibly meet our energy needs.

2009

Regular (utility) patents for plant varieties mean breeders cannot use patented varieties in a breeding program. Thus, patents for plant varieties, which confer stronger protection, should not be granted except for significant inventive step contributions. A review of the legal and agricultural literature indicated this has not been the case, leading to a minimal estimated public loss of $150 million annually for corn and soybeans. A proposal is made to add an agronomic productivity requirement to plant variety patent examination practices to redress the balance.

2009 to 2012

The purpose of this project is to prepare a synthetic report on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and their potential implications for food sovereignty, sustainable development, and democratic governance in the continent.

2009 to 2011

Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC), in collaboration with Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources, is working with residents and community organizations to develop, implement and evaluate a 3-year social science research and education project that will result in development of an urban forestry community engagement model, toolkit and resources that will be used by organizations to reach and empower people to be active stewards of their community’s trees and natural resources.

2009

The 2009 Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference, sponsored by the Agricultural Marketing and Management Program Work Team (PWT), focused on educating agribusiness industry stakeholders about new and innovative marketing practices and tools and enabling them to better market and tell their own unique story. The conference has always been about giving farm producers and value-added agribusiness operations specific marketing tools and improved marketing skills that they can go back and apply to their businesses right away.

2009 to 2011

Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC), in collaboration with Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources, worked with residents and community organizations to develop, implement and evaluate a 3-year social science research and education project that will result in development of an urban forestry community engagement model, toolkit and resources that will be used by organizations to reach and empower people to be active stewards of their community’s trees and natural resources.

2009

I was hired specifically to equip a laboratory that would study adipokine levels of expression in women of reproductive age affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Adipokines are hormones made in the adipose tissue. During the past year I have successfully created the “obesity molecular phenotyping lab” where DNA, RNA and protein extracted from adipose tissue or circulating in the serum can be used to monitor changes in the expression levels of adipokines.