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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

Buz Barstow: Resuming research during the pandemic
Buz Barstow, assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, works on engineering microbes that can store renewable energy, sequester carbon dioxide and mine rare earth elements for sustainable energy...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Biology
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News

Study finds food safety practices benefit small farmers
But a new Cornell study finds that when small-scale farmers are trained in food safety protocols and develop a farm food safety plan, new markets open up to them, leading to an overall gain in revenue. “Our results should be welcomed by growers...
  • Food Science
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Agriculture
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News

Scientists identify new pathogen in NY apples
The study, “Identification and Characterization of Colletotrichum Species Causing Apple Bitter Rot in New York and Description of C. noveboracense sp. nov.,” was published July 6 in the journal Scientific Reports. “We were shocked by what we...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Hudson Valley Lab
  • Food