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From the university’s highly-ranked undergraduate business program to innovative teaching, research and outreach in communication, development sociology, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, biological sciences, and other fields, CALS offers a broad spectrum of programs that complement our historic and powerful agricultural roots. Our diverse portfolio of faculty, staff and students enables us to address challenges associated with feeding the burgeoning global population in the context of a changing climate that will stress many crops with heat and either drought or flooding, attack from ever-evolving pathogens and pests, and limits on agricultural practices that threaten boundary conditions for planetary stability. Our scientists address needs that range from strengthening regional economies—from farm to market—to making urban environments more livable right here in New York State and around the globe.

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On the Map: CALS in the City

Matt Frye
April 19, 2017
Portraits of researchers and educators on their turf, from the rat burrows of city parks to the furrows of a rooftop farm in Brooklyn.

Stay Connected During CALS Branding Project

Ag Quad
March 17, 2017
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has embarked for the first time on a college-wide brand exploration process, and you are invited to stay connected during this exciting project.

Cornell’s Hudson River Conservation Work Nets DEC Award

Hudson River
May 25, 2017
For more than 20 years, CALS has partnered to protect and preserve the Hudson River Estuary and its watershed. On May 23, the DEC Hudson River Estuary Program recognized Cornell for its long-term partnership and vital role in the success of the program.


Sound and Feather: How Media Specimens Are Revolutionizing Modern Ornithology

Jun 9 | 10:00 am

For centuries ornithological research has relied on the study of specimens to reveal the ecology, life histories and evolution of birds. Today we can also collect a new type of specimen, the “media...

Location: Mann Library  | Event type: Lecture

Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands

Jun 10 | 1:00 pm

Explore rare botanical books from the Library’s History of Science Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Professor of Horticulture Don Rakow will host a special viewing of...

Location: Kroch Library  | Event type: Special Event

Keeping the Pests Out on a Budget: IPM workshops for safe playing fields

Jun 27 | 9:00 am

For school and sports turf managers...

Location: Lakeview Elementary School, 112 Lakeview Drive, Mahopac, N.Y.  | Event type: Conference/Workshop

Keeping the Pests Out on a Budget: IPM workshops for safe playing fields

Aug 3 | 9:00 am

For school and sports turf managers...

Location: Coxsackie-Athens High School, 24 Sunset Blvd, Coxsackie, N.Y.