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

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

This is the charge that motivates us: CALS tackles the challenges of our times through purpose-driven science that advances understanding and improves life.

CALS at a glance

16

Departments

7 departments shared with other Cornell colleges and schools

2

Schools

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management
The School of Integrative Plant Science

$242M

Total research expenditures

FY 2020

3,590

Undergraduate students

As of Fall 2020

1,020

Graduate students

As of Fall 2020

350

Faculty

As of Spring 2021

We seek answers in order to find the next questions.

Our Mission

These are 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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Cornell Atkinson, EDF partner on three sustainability projects
The IIF brings together academic and NGO experts and practitioners to develop and test evidence-based solutions to some of the world's more intractable sustainability problems and addresses urgent environmental and public health challenges...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Applied Economics
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News

Study will help NYS livestock farmers maximize profit
The goal of the three-year, $500,000 grant is to develop and deploy data, analysis and feedback tools that give farm managers the ability to make better decisions as they select local markets, price meat and market their products – all with an...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
A dozen faculty and staff members sitting in a room at a round table, collaborating

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New Model for Research Co-Production Speeds Knowledge to Impact on Natural Resource Management
David M. Lodge, the Francis J. DiSalvo Director of Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (CALS), helped overcome these issues in order to reduce the introduction...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology