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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

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:

Insectapalooza swarms campus Oct. 28

Oct 25, 2017
Creepy crawlers are coming out to play for Insectapalooza 2017, an interactive, hands-on experience for all ages on Oct. 28. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Comstock Hall on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, the annual insect fair reflects the ways insects interact with people and affect our lives. Insectapalooza features hundreds of live insects, spiders and other arthropods from the collections of the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Entomologists and students will be on hand to explain the behaviors and adaptations of the insect world at the event, which draws up to 2,000 people each year [...] Read more

State-of-the-art rooftop aquaponics greenhouse at Manhattan high school opens to students

Oct 16, 2017
Food and Finance High School and Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) will host the grand opening of a state-of-the-art rooftop aquaponics greenhouse at the NYC Department of Education’s Park West Educational Campus on Wednesday, October 25. The grand opening will include tours of the greenhouse and learning labs, the ribbon cutting, and a reception with refreshments catered by FFHS students. Cornell Extension associate Philson A. Warner designed the 1,664-square foot greenhouse, which integrates cutting edge hydroponics and aquaponics with energy efficiency technologies. Warner is founding director of CUCE’s hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaculture program. Read more

Inauguration of Martha E. Pollack as President of Cornell University

Aug 18, 2017
The inauguration of Martha E. Pollack as the 14th president of Cornell University will feature student scholarship, highlight the role of universities in the search for truth, and celebrate the community Aug. 24 and 25. The centerpiece of the two-day occasion will be the installation ceremony, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. on the Arts Quad [...] Read more

Visit the bizarre, bad and beneficial world of bugs at Insectapalooza 2016

Oct 18, 2016
WHAT: Insectapalooza 2016 to feature “Battle of the Bugs” display, live Anthropod Zoo, Butterfly Room, and hands-on learning activities WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca VISUALS: To view and download images from previous Insectapalooza events, visit MEDIA: The event is open to the public. Interviews […] Read more

Fight against devastating potato pest gets funding boost

Oct 12, 2016
WHAT: Senator O’Mara to announce $1.2 million for the nation’s only quarantine research facility for potato pest Golden Nematode WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: 170 Kenneth Post Laboratory, Cornell University MEDIA:  Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 or […] Read more

NextGen food technology will make Cornell a leader in the “clean label” movement, Sen. Nozzolio announces

Sep 15, 2016
WHAT: Senator Nozzolio to announce $1 million in state funding for new next generation food technology to make Cornell a leader in the “clean label” movement WHO: Senator Michael Nozzolio, Dean Kathryn J. Boor, Dr. Susan Brown, Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour, Dr. Elizabeth Bihn WHEN: Friday, September 16; 11:30 AM WHERE: Jordan Hall, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 […] Read more

Cornell to serve up Big Red Cheddar and dairy information at New York Farm Day

Sep 13, 2016
WHAT: New York Farm Day WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2015 at 6 p.m. WHERE: Kennedy Caucus Room on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. MEDIA: Media members are asked to RSVP to Kathleen Corcoran Cornell’s Media Relations Office at (202) 434-8036. WASHINGTON – Cheese fans rejoice! The media are welcome to hear how Cornell University’s College of […] Read more

New study showing mosquito mating a possible key to controlling Zika virus to be outlined during DC event

Mar 8, 2016
Cornell-UN sociologist joins to advise developing nations how to prepare WHO: Cornell Professors Laura Harrington and Alaka Base Harrington,, chair of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, is a vector biologist and expert on the biology of the main vector of Zika virus, Aedes aegypti. She will discuss the vector ecology and epidemiology […] Read more

Climate experts tackle policy, activism and clean energy at upcoming community conversation

Feb 22, 2016
WHAT:  “Policy and Activism:A Conversation on Climate Change & Clean Energy” WHEN:  Friday, Feb. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE:  Uris Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA:  The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or   ITHACA, N.Y. […] Read more

Local climate summit delegates share experience with Ithaca community

Jan 27, 2016
WHAT: COP21: Reflections on the Historic Climate Agreement WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins Co. Public Library, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or   ITHACA, N.Y. – […] Read more

COP21 side event: Tackling food security and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dec 3, 2015
WHAT:“Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition and Food Security: Critical Lessons from Project Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa” WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3, 16:00 – 17:30 WHERE: COP 21, Paris-Le Bourget, France – Africa Pavilion, Hall 3, Conference Rooms in Stand 28 MEDIA NOTE: Participants must possess an official United Nations delegate badge with blue zone access to attend events in the Africa Pavilion. […] Read more

Experts preview Paris global climate change summit

Nov 19, 2015
WHAT: Experts discuss climate change and sustainability in preparation for the United Nations’ Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Bailey Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office […] Read more

Experts to discuss attaining and sustaining global food security

Nov 17, 2015
WHAT: Cornell professors and internationally recognized food security and policy experts, Per Pinstrup-Anderson and Chris Barrett, will discuss the fight against global poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity during a discussion at the National Press Club. WHEN: Monday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th […] Read more

Take It Outside: A cold weather stroll with President Garrett to promote healthy winter activities

Nov 11, 2015
WHAT: Winter walk with President Elizabeth Garrett WHEN:  Sunday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Beebe Lake, starting and ending at Appel Commons MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett, Provost Mike […] Read more

Updated food safety labs, test kitchen, and teaching winery showcased at Stocking Hall unveiling

Oct 21, 2015
WHAT: Ribbon-cutting for $105 million renovation project completion at Stocking Hall WHEN:  Thursday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Stocking Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY VISUALS: Behind the scenes tour of renovated food laboratories, test kitchen, campus teaching winery, and renovated classrooms and meeting spaces; on-camera interview opportunities with project developers and stakeholders from Cornell […] Read more