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Organic @ Cornell

One of the most dynamic and fast-growing segments of the U.S. agricultural market

Organic is an increasingly important engine of growth for New York's farmers, large and small. Cornell supports organic agriculture and dairy through numerous research and extension activities.

Below find valuable resources for farmers and gardeners, agricultural educators, governmental agency representatives, university faculty and extension educators, and all others interested in organic production systems.

Visit the producers and gardeners resources pages below for specific production strategies for everything from squash to seed corn.

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Organic Experts

Developing relationships

Supporting organic producers in New York

Our mission is to support organic producers in New York by developing and strengthening relationships among Cornell researchers, students, and extension staff and stakeholders including producers, consultants, input suppliers, and NGOs.

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Organic News & Events

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Field Note

The Slow and Furtive Nature of Pasture Soil Compaction:
By Fay Benson, CCE South Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team In my work, first as a grazing dairy farmer and now as a Cornell University Cooperative Extension educator working with graziers across New York State, I have been aware...
  • Organic
  • Dairy
  • Soil
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Cornell and USDA scientists have produced the definitive guide to understanding agricultural weeds and how to manage them efficiently, effectively and ecologically. The 416-page book, “Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Agriculture
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During the 2021 season, Annika Rowland, a graduate student in Matthew Ryan’s Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab at Cornell University, conducted preliminary research on the use and efficacy of an inter-row mower in organic soybeans at the Musgrave...
  • Musgrave Research Farm
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section


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Field Day

The date for the annual Cornell Field Crop research field day has been set for Thursday, August 18th at Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, NY. The program will include: Effects of tillage and cropping system on deep soil organic carbon Pesticide...
  • Field Crops
  • Organic
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Field Day

As part of the New York Soil Health 2022 Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Field Day series we will have a field day on July 28th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the B & B Crop Farm (Johnstown, NY). The agenda will include: Using Soil health to...
  • Organic