Outreach during COVID-19

Despite not being able to offer in person extension, Cornell AgriTech faculty and staff quickly adapted to offer virtual outreach and resources to help New York’s food and agricultural audiences not only overcome COVID-19-related challenges, but also plan for success beyond the pandemic.


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B.E.V. NY Virtual Conference

Meeting COVID-19 requirements was a sobering task for New York state wineries and grape growers, but some found that changes such as requiring reservations and offering a la carte menus boosted business, according to a survey presented at the recent virtual B.E.V. (Business. Enology. Viticulture.) NY conference, held March 3-5.

Hemp Field Day

Virtual extension during the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding the reach that researchers at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Science (Cornell CALS) have to new audiences, as evidenced by a virtual hemp field day this month.

Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Food industry professionals can learn how the novel coronavirus might affect their workers and their consumers, thanks to a series of virtual office hours held by staff at the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University.

Students support industries remotely

Each year, the capstone course Food Science 4000 gives upperclassmen the opportunity to test their skills in a real world setting by challenging them to solve critical problems faced by food processing companies.

Cornell helps distillers make hand sanitizer

In the battle to keep front-line health care workers, first responders and essential employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 40 craft distilleries in New York state have stopped producing their signature spirits.

Speakers at the B.E.V. NY event lead a discussion via zoom.
Hemp plant in field
A desktop computer screenshot of virtual office hours
Screen shot of a virtual class discussion
A man in a red shirt examines a copper distiller