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Cornell AgriTech’s world-renowned experts collaborate with important units on the Geneva campus, such as the USDA-ARS, Cornell NYS Integrated Pest Management and the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture. Our partnership with these units strengthens our ability to help farmers and food producers across New York state.
Hemp seed bank announced for USDA-ARS
In 2019, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y announced $500,000 in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) to create the nation’s only industrial hemp germplasm repository – a seed bank – co-located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY. The seed bank will enable researchers to identify pest-resistant and disease-resistant genes, giving them the tools to breed new varieties. Getting to the root of crop health is essential for providing better resources to New York hemp growers.
Better hemp varieties are possible through the new seed bank
“The more germplasm that scientists have access to,” said Chris Smart, professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology, “the better the chances are that we’re going to breed plants that are useful, whether it’s for managing pests or specific climates.”