Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) empowers New Yorkers to choose healthy food and healthy habits through programs that connect research and practice.

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Featured programs

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EFNEP has been an anchor of CCE community outreach for the past 50 years. Through hands-on workshops, educators teach adults about food and exercise, food safety and security and work to foster a sense of mastery, belonging, independence and generosity among youth participants.

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The FMNP, a state-wide effort to connect communities and populations that are food insecure with local farmers who could be put to work to feed them, is an example of CCE building bridges to deliver quality, local foods. Local associations run displays and demonstrations at farmers markets, offering samples and recipe ideas for fruits and vegetables in season.

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CCE educators work to keep consumers safe and help produce operations meet food safety standards through education and workshops on compliance and best practices. Educational offerings include important information and updates to food safety regulations, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management of natural resources and food safety. Contact your local office for more information.


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‘Cornell Chicken’ is the taste of summer
Over the next seven decades the seasonal eatery gained iconic status, serving nearly 1,000 half-chickens (a.k.a. “broilers”) a day for two weeks in late summer. Satisfied customers have included at least one U.S. president: Bill Clinton, who...
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  • Food Science
  • Food
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Field Note

Reflections on COVID-19 and SNAP-Ed: Making Lemons Into Lemonade
This is a personal essay by Nutrition Educator Sarah Martin and SNAP-Ed Program Manager Nicole Maline with Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County. In the last quarter of 2019, the Northwestern region SNAP-Ed team delivered almost 400 in...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Health + Nutrition
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Study finds food safety practices benefit small farmers
But a new Cornell study finds that when small-scale farmers are trained in food safety protocols and develop a farm food safety plan, new markets open up to them, leading to an overall gain in revenue. “Our results should be welcomed by growers...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Food Science
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
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Food Box Giveaways connect WNY families to fresh and nutritious produce
For the past month, they’ve orchestrated food box giveaways, providing free 20 lb. boxes of produce to county residents. To date, over 7,200 boxes have been given to Western New York families in need. That’s 144,000 pounds of fresh produce! The...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Food