With an eye toward sustainability, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, better energy efficiency, and increased farm resilience, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) agriculture specialists and educators closely monitor the rapidly changing environment farmers are working within. Tapping into the latest research and best practices, ag specialists help growers and producers combat an increasingly uncertain world. 

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Featured Programs

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CCE regional agriculture teams are comprised of specialists who serve multi-county regions throughout New York state, providing research-based information, programs and technical assistance to dairy, livestock, field crops, vegetable, grape and fruit producers.

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The Cornell Small Farms program is a partnership between Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and CCE that connects small farm owners and operators with a variety of educational opportunities including Labor Ready Farmer, Baskets to Pallets, Farm Ops and others.

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CCE's Harvest New York specialists support workforce development and business expansion with a focus on diary food processing, urban agriculture, farm-based beverages, local food distribution, berry production, farm strategic planning and emerging crops.

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CCE’s Agriculture Workforce Development program demystifies new farm and labor laws to help to build committed, engaged and effective teams through tried-and-tested human resource management practices and research-based leadership and management development education.

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CCE’s PMEP promotes the safe use of pesticides for the applicator, the consumer, and the environment, and also serves as a pesticide education center for those interested in pesticide chemicals.

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NYAITC is a partnership between CCE, Cornell University, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Education Department and the New York Farm Bureau. The program fosters awareness, understanding and appreciation of how we produce food and fiber, what we eat and how we live, by helping educators, pre-k to middle school students and their communities learn about and engage with agriculture and food systems.

Partner Organizations and Programs

CCE agriculture educators and specialists work closely with campus faculty primarily in the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, researchers with Cornell Agritech and the Cornell University Agriculture Experiment Station and other partners to drive sustainable development in New York communities.

Stories

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Field Note

Max Wohlgemuth: Aspirations for more resilient and food secure communities
Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska College attended and major: University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Bachelor of Journalism with a minor in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Peace Corps dates: October 2012 - April 2016 What are the big challenges you...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
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Field Note

Sage Grasso-Monroe: A journey to alleviate malnutrition through agriculture
Hometown: Queensbury, New York College attended and major: University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Bachelor of Science in Public Health Peace Corps dates: January 2018 - March 2020 What are the big challenges you want to tackle in the world? The...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
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News

From Peace Corps to Global Development: Coverdell Fellows bring service experience to Cornell

  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development

Field Note

Aimee Schulz: In the field with a phenotyping robot
Aimee Schulz is a second-year Ph.D. student working with Edward Buckler, adjunct professor of plant breeding and genetics. Her research in the Buckler Lab for Maize Genetics and Diversity examines the plant’s competitive ability. Shulz said,...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Agriculture
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News

Centers of Innovation announced with goal to develop improved crops worldwide
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement announced approximately $4 million in funding to launch four Centers of Innovation (CoI) for Crop Improvement aimed at developing more resilient, nutritious crops in East Africa, West...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development