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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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New no-till guide for organic soybean production
Farmers interested in using the rolled cover crop organic no-till soybean system can now find techniques and tips in the new guide produced by the Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab at Cornell University. The guide is by Matt Ryan of Cornell...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Agriculture
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Field Note

This summer, the United States Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program published the fourth edition of Building Soils for Better Crops — arguably the most influential publication on soil health...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Organic
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No single organic weed control option works particularly well alone to control weeds in apple orchards during establishment. But strategies combining techniques do work well, particularly using wood chip mulches with organic herbicides. That’s...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Organic


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Field Day

Participants will tour the listed fields in the West Groton area before the meeting then bring questions and comments to the meeting at the Scheffler’s farm. Our focus will be on annual forages, small grains, soybeans, and corn, but welcome...
  • Organic
  • Field Crops
  • Dairy
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This year’s New York Certified Organic (NYCO) meetings will be held via Zoom. We will keep the same days as we have had for the past 28 years for the discussion based meetings, the second Tuesday of January, February, and March. We will start at...
  • Organic