Media Relations

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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

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European restrictions on pesticide use could help improve bee health

May 8, 2018
Scott McArt, assistant professor of entomology and Emma Mullen, honeybee extension associate, both of the Pollinator Network @ Cornell, believe that while a ban may be useful, farmers and others in agriculture must also consider alternative pest control methods that pose less risk to pollinators. [...]
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ICE raid on NYS farm shows link between immigrant labor, agriculture

Apr 26, 2018
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on an Upstate New York dairy farm last week resulted in the arrest of an undocumented farmworker and has raised questions about the legitimacy of such federal actions. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, expressed concern, and Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a cease and desist letter to ICE accusing the agency of making illegal arrests. [...] Read more

Warmer weather wanted: NY early crops behind schedule

Apr 25, 2018
Steve Reiners, professor of horticulture at the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station, says that an unusually cold spring put early NY crops such as peas, lettuce and broccoli behind schedule – but it’s too early to call the season a washout. [...] Read more

‘No free lunch’ online: User data keeps Facebook afloat

Mar 28, 2018
Facebook is under scrutiny following revelations that the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica collected data on millions of users and the Federal Trade Commission has said it is investigating Facebook over its privacy practices. The social media giant has announced plans to revamp its privacy tools to allow users to more easily navigate privacy and security settings, but those changes won’t alter the company’s core business model, which relies on user data, according to a communication researcher at Cornell University. [...] Read more