Media Relations

Looking for an expert to speak to food, agriculture, human health, environmental, communication, energy and sustainability issues? Then you've come to the right place.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is home to over 600 faculty members, non-professorial academics, and extension associates who work in the agricultural, biological, physical, and social sciences. Let us know how we can help you by contacting Ben Rand, media relations manager, at 607-255-2722 or

The Latest From CALS Media Relations

Subscribe to RSS news feed

Endangered right whales face deadly ships, fishing gear in northward migration

Mar 7, 2018
As waters warm and food supplies dwindle, North Atlantic right whales face a serious danger of extinction – a danger made all the more apparent this breeding season as scientists see no sign of newborns. But in their hunt for food, right whales are migrating further north into places like the Gulf of Saint Lawrence where they encounter new threats from boats and fishing gear. [...] Read more

Media Advisory: Growing the Hemp Industry in New York

Feb 27, 2018
ITHACA, N.Y. — New York's first industrial hemp research forum will bring together growers, business owners, researchers, regulators and others to discuss ways of strengthening the State’s position as a national leader in this emerging industry.

Growing industrial hemp has the potential to diversify New York’s farms, connect growers to new markets and provide them with new sources of income.  With thousands of uses, it also offers opportunities for advanced manufacturing of composites, fibers, nutritional supplements and other products, supporting economic growth across the State. 

During the forum, current participants in the New York Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program will share their research findings, challenges and successes from the 2017 growing season and chart the program's future course. 

2018 NYS Industrial Hemp Research Forum
1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Stocking Hall Room 148, 411 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Richard Ball, New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, and Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will open the forum at 1 p.m. and be available for interviews. Panel discussions are also open for media coverage.

Lindsey Hadlock
Office: 607-255-6121
Cell: 607-269-6911

NYS maple producers can look forward to a sweet season

Feb 26, 2018
In 2017, New York state maple producers made over 750,000 gallons of maple syrup, making New York the second largest maple producing state. With this year’s maple season underway, Stephen Childs, the Cornell Sugar Maple Program Director and a New York state maple specialist, says producers can look forward to a great 2018 season. [...] Read more

National Summit to address water quality criteria in agriculture

Feb 23, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking at ways to simplify microbial water quality criteria and requirements for agricultural water used in the production of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Produce Safety Rule, which is part of the larger Food Safety Modernization Act, established new industry standards for food safety and practices for farms that grow, process, transport, and store food. Agricultural water, such as water used to irrigate or wash produce, the FDA says, is a “major conduit” of pathogens that can contaminate produce.
Based in part on extensive public comment received on the Rule's water requirements, the FDA partnered with the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) to organize a national agricultural Water Summit, this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 27-28. The Alliance provides outreach and education on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and was formed at Cornell University in 2010 through a cooperative agreement between the FDA, Cornell, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Growers, regulators, industry representatives, educators, and researchers are meeting to discuss practical and achievable ways to assess and control risks associated with agricultural water used during production of fruits and vegetables,” PSA Director Dr. Betsy Bihn said.
In addition to the main summit location in Covington, Kentucky, interested individuals can access the Water Summit through 28 remote sites across the nation or via a public access live web stream. 

For more information about remote sites and live streaming links, visit: