Back

Discover CALS

See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

Search for News & Stories

headshot of angela george

Field Note

Angela George is a dairy environmental specialist with the Dairy Environmental Systems group of PRO-DAIRY. She focuses on researching greenhouse gas and methane emissions, utilizing renewable energy from dairy waste and assisting farmers with...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
  • Climate Change
Headshot of Sadie Groberg

Field Note

Meet Sadie Groberg ’24, an undergraduate in Global Development who seeks to make the world a better place through criminal justice reform. During her time at Cornell, Sadie gained unique insights into the carceral system through her research on...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
a man sits in front of many computer monitors

Field Note

Amidst farm fields and dairy barns, an agricultural revolution is underway — with algorithms, sensors, and automation changing the face of farming. Martin Perez '25, a doctoral student in animal science at Cornell University, works at the...
  • Animal Science
  • Statistics and Data Science
  • Digital Agriculture
Woman sits by the water

Field Note

Meet Sammi Lin '23, a recent graduate in the Department of Global Development with a passion for sustainability and equity, particularly in transforming food systems and empowering marginalized communities. Upon graduating in December 2023...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
NY FarmNet Family Consultants Elaine Eaton and Audrey McDougal after presenting TSL for the Cornell Vet School in September of 2023.

Field Note

While suicide is a leading cause of death nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates soar even higher in rural areas – between 64 and 68 percent higher than in urban areas. Farmers, in particular, are...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
Two women stand with a sheep set up in show position.

Field Note

Working with livestock can be exciting and challenging—even intimidating for those who didn’t grow up on a farm. But even if you grew up in the city and have never interacted with large animals you can still learn to work with livestock. How? By...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
Four men sit around a table looking at project paperwork.

Field Note

Postdoctoral Research Associate Jasdeep Singh of the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP) is researching the impacts of soil health practices on corn silage yield, soil health indicators, and greenhouse gas emissions. In Central New...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Field Crops
  • Dairy
weed graphic

Field Note

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
Man herds cows

Field Note

In the face of entrenched conflict, climate change, and poverty in rural Uganda, Ojok Okello embarked on a bold mission to create the first sustainable rural city in the country. As the founder and CEO of Okere City , Ojok engages with residents...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
Pile of waste

Field Note

The Humphrey PACT (Practitioner - Assistant - Collaborative - Training) Program pairs undergraduate students in Global Development with Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows to work on a research endeavor in the fields of agriculture, rural development...
  • Global Development
Thousands of rubber ducks race down Cascadilla Falls during the 21st annual 4-H Duck Race.

Field Note

A wave of yellow splashed down Cascadilla Creek Falls in Ithaca on Sunday, April 28, as 3,000 rubber ducks made their return to the 21st annual CCE Tompkins County 4-H Duck Race. Hitting the water after a three-year hiatus, the ducks bobbed and...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
headshot of Brian Aukema

Field Note

Brian Aukema ’98, senior extension associate, joined the Department of Animal Science in fall 2023 as the New York state 4-H livestock and companion animal specialist. We sat down with him for a chat about his interests, goals and background...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
Aerial view of national park

Field Note

The Humphrey PACT (Practitioner - Assistant - Collaborative - Training) Program pairs undergraduate students in Global Development with Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows to work on a research endeavor in the fields of agriculture, rural development...
a woman hugs the head of a horse peering out of its stall

Field Note

The New York State 4-H Horse Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) offer a wide variety of equine projects and activities to New York youth ages 5–19. Brieanna Hughes is the New York State 4-H equine youth specialist. With a background...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
Eliana Amoh

Field Note

Meet Eliana Amoh ’26, an undergraduate student in Global Development whose research explores youth development, educational equity, and economic migration. As a Laidlaw scholar at Cornell , Eliana is examining the interplay of education, labor...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
a man picks raw wool in a lab classroom

Field Note

In the heart of Morrison Hall on a Monday afternoon, Bruce Berggren-Thomas ’79, instructor for ANSC 1400 Wool: Animal Fiber Production and Processing, and a wool enthusiast, teaches students the process of washing and carding fresh wool. As they...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
Lidia Komondy stands among USDA future leaders

Field Note

Lidia Komondy is a Ph.D. candidate working in the lab of Brian Nault, professor of entomology at Cornell AgriTech. Komondy has so excelled in vegetable entomology research, she was one of only five graduate students in the U.S. selected for the...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Entomology
ewing tending pea research plots

Field Note

News

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Zach Stansell pulls out a tray of seeds

Field Note

Zachary Stansell, Ph.D. ’20, is a geneticist, horticulturalist and curator of the hemp crop collection of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at Cornell AgriTech. When he was a Ph.D. student at Cornell AgriTech...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Woman tends to a strawberry field in Nigeria

Field Note

In the wake of Nigeria's devastating 2022 floods, Mercy Awazi Abutsa, MPS ’24 , a dedicated advocate for climate action and rural development, found renewed purpose. Inspired by the urgent need to address climate change alongside existing...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development