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Field Note

Meet the next generation of New York state dairy farmers: Caroline Lafferty ’23
What is your connection to dairy farming? I have been connected to dairy farming since I was born. My dad worked on the dairy right around the corner from my house, Dutch Hollow Farm. My mom also had cows at the farm and worked weekends there...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
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Field Note

Meet the Next Generation of New York State Dairy Farmers: Emily Starceski ‘23
What is your connection to dairy farming? I grew up working on my family owned and operated farm, Finn-Star Farm. It was established in 1989 by my parents Paul and Robin Starceski. The farm is currently a 3rd generation family farm and hopefully...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
A male student interacting with cows in a dairy barn

Field Note

Meet the next generation of New York state dairy farmers: Blake Wadsworth ‘23
What is your connection to dairy farming? I have worked on Eildon-Tweed Farm for the last 12 years. Prior to that, I worked on my father’s 50-cow dairy in Middlesex, NY. At age 5, my family moved to Oneonta, NY where my father owned a 2000-cow...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
A female student standing in a dairy plant

Field Note

Meet the next generation of New York state dairy farmers: Cassandra Wilbur ‘23
What is your connection to dairy farming? My grandfather came to the United States from Austria around 1960 looking for work on a farm, and eventually he saved enough money to buy the family farm in Fabius. I spent the majority of my childhood...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
The sun shines down upon rolling mountains on the Armenian countryside

Field Note

Keelin Kelly '20: Tackling climate change alongside farmers in Armenia
Research is something I love and gets to the heart of my curiosity. What drives me is understanding how climate change impacts real people and societies. Research doesn’t just mean sitting in a lab: For my honor thesis project, it meant speaking...
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Climate

News & Events

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News

With new barley variety, Cornell leads way for brewers
As of last year, the bill required that New York’s brewers source 60% of their ingredients from New York growers. By 2024, brewers will need to acquire 90% of their ingredients from state sources. The law aims to revitalize the upstate economy...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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News

Sequencing hornwort genomes could improve crops
Fay-Wei Li, adjunct assistant professor of plant biology and a faculty member of the Boyce Thompson Institute, and researchers from across the globe sequenced the genomes of three hornworts, illuminating the dawn of land plants. The group also...
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section