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You want to change the world. So do we.

We are a community with an uncommon sense of a common goal: to leave the world better than we found it. Ambitious? Sure. But Cornell CALS has been changing the world for over a century and will be doing so for a century more.

Founded in agriculture and focused on life, we are pioneers who have shaped contemporary science and eagerly embraced international opportunity, while always serving the people in the state of New York.

The Wall Street Journal/Times of Higher Education 2020 College Rankings ranked CALS #1 in agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences. 

Our Purpose (the charge that motivates us): CALS tackles the challenges of our times through purpose-driven science that advances understanding and improves life.

Our Mission (our objectives and how we accomplish them): As a premier institution of scientific learning, we connect the life, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to provide world-class education, spark unexpected discoveries and inspire pioneering solutions.

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Teaching passion-driven minds

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Purpose-driven science in action

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Sharing knowledge with the community

Latest news, discoveries, and breakthroughs

Explore the work we’re doing today and discover how it’s reshaping tomorrow.

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Field Note

Hannah Swegarden: Using consumer research to develop better vegetables
Hannah Swegarden recently completed her Ph.D. under the direction of Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of horticulture at Cornell AgriTech. While working with Griffiths, Swegarden utilized an integrated approach to vegetable breeding geared...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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News

Cornell Atkinson awards $1.1M to innovative projects
The Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability has awarded seven Academic Venture Fund (AVF) interdisciplinary seed grants, totaling $1.1 million, for projects that engage faculty from eight Cornell colleges and 16 academic departments. In its...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

Treatments tested for invasive pest on allium crops
Since its arrival in the U.S., it has spread to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey, and is considered a major agricultural threat. A Cornell-led team of researchers field-tested 14 active ingredients in insecticides...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Department of Entomology