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Organic Experts

Our experts 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. The Management Team is comprised of 7 members who represent the breadth of organic research and activities at Cornell.

Organic @ Cornell Program Work Management Team

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Fay Benson

Small Dairy Educator

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Fay Benson
NY Organic Dairy Program
NY Soil Health Trailer
NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program
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Crystal Stewart Courtens

Regional Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Crystal Stewart Courtens
Small & Beginning Farms
Organic Production
Garlic
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Betsy Leonard

Organic Farm Coordinator

Cornell AES

Betsy Leonard
  • bai1 [at] cornell.edu
Organic production
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Gregory Peck

Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Gregory Peck
Tree fruits
Hard cider
Organic production
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Matt Ryan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Matt Ryan
Sustainable cropping systems and agroecology
Cover crops and ecological weed management
Organic production
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Abby Seaman

Area Extension Educator - Vegetables

CALS NYS Integrated Pest Mgmt

Abby Seaman
Vegetables
Organic Production
Jenn Thomas-Murphy
Jenn Thomas-Murphy

Extension Communications Specialist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Jenn Thomas-Murphy

Breeding for Disease Resistance

Michael Mazourek
Michael Mazourek

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Horticulture Section

Michael Mazourek
Vegetable breeding (cucurbits, peppers and peas)
Biochemical genetics
Organic systems
Bruce Reisch
Bruce Reisch

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Cornell AgriTech

Bruce Reisch
Grape breeding and genomics
Molecular genetic mapping
Marker-assisted selection
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Margaret Smith

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Department of Global Development

Margaret Smith
Maize breeding and genomics
Abiotic stress tolerance
Insect and disease resistance
mark sorrells
Mark Sorrells

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Mark Sorrells
Small grain breeding and genomics
Heritage
Malting and specialty varieties

Organic Cropping Systems

Laurie Drinkwater
Laurie Drinkwater

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Laurie Drinkwater
Agroecology
Soil quality
Nutrient cycling
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Matt Ryan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Matt Ryan
Sustainable cropping systems and agroecology
Cover crops and ecological weed management
Organic production

Organic Dairy Production Systems

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Fay Benson

Small Dairy Educator

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Fay Benson
NY Organic Dairy Program
NY Soil Health Trailer
NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program
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Kenneth Wise

Eastern NYS IPM Educator - Field Crops

CALS NYS Integrated Pest Mgmt

Kenneth Wise

Organic Field Crop Production

Gary Bergstrom
Gary Bergstrom

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Gary Bergstrom
Integrated disease management of wheat, corn, soybeans, forage legumes
Janice Degni
Janice Degni

Field Crop Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Janice Degni
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Joe Lawrence

Dairy Forage Systems Specialist

PRO-DAIRY

Joe Lawrence
virginia moore
Virginia Moore

Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Virginia Moore
  • vm377 [at] cornell.edu
Breeding for sustainable cropping systems
Cover crops, intercropping, polycultures, organic farming systems
Legumes, forages, alfalfa, hemp
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Elson Shields

Professor

Department of Entomology

Elson Shields
Erik Smith
Erik Arthur Smith

Field Crops Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Erik Arthur Smith
Organic and Integrated Pest Management
Emerging crops
Agrometeorology
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Kenneth Wise

Eastern NYS IPM Educator - Field Crops

CALS NYS Integrated Pest Mgmt

Kenneth Wise

Organic Fruit Production Systems

Thomas Burr

Emeritus

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Thomas Burr
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Kerik Cox

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Kerik Cox
Orchard fungal ecology
Fungicide resistance
Pesticide stewardship, fruit pathology
Elisabeth Hodgdon
Elisabeth A. Hodgdon

Regional Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Elisabeth A. Hodgdon
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Peter Jentsch

Extension Associate, Sr.; HVRL Station Superintendent

Cornell AgriTech

Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

Department of Entomology

Peter Jentsch
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Gregory Peck

Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Gregory Peck
Tree fruits
Hard cider
Organic production
Marvin Pritts
Marvin Pritts

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Plant Sciences Major

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Professor

Department of Global Development

Marvin Pritts
Berry crops
Season extension
Sustainable production practices
Terence Robinson
Terence Robinson

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Terence Robinson
Orchard production systems
Crop load and canopy management
Fruit tree physiology
Justine Vanden Heuvel
Justine Vanden Heuvel

Professor and Chair

Horticulture Section

School of Integrative Plant Science

Justine Vanden Heuvel
  • justine [at] cornell.edu
Sustainable viticulture production
Ecophysiological factors and their impact on fruit and wine composition
Computational tools for vineyard management

Organic Seed Treatments

Gary Bergstrom
Gary Bergstrom

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Gary Bergstrom
Integrated disease management of wheat, corn, soybeans, forage legumes
Margaret McGrath
Margaret McGrath

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Margaret McGrath
Diseases of vegetable crops
Fungicide resistance
Powdery mildew, Downy mildew Phytophthora
A man stands in a sunny greenhouse
Brian Nault

Professor

Department of Entomology

Cornell AgriTech

Brian Nault
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Sarah Pethybridge

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Sarah Pethybridge
Diseases of vegetables
Sclerotinia
Epidemiology and fungicide resistance
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Abby Seaman

Area Extension Educator - Vegetables

CALS NYS Integrated Pest Mgmt

Abby Seaman
Vegetables
Organic Production
Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Christine Smart
Biology and management of vegetable diseases
Host-pathogen interactions
Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Alan Taylor
Seed science and technology
Seed quality
Coatings, treatments and biostimulants

Vegetable Disease Management

Margaret McGrath
Margaret McGrath

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Margaret McGrath
Diseases of vegetable crops
Fungicide resistance
Powdery mildew, Downy mildew Phytophthora
A man stands in a sunny greenhouse
Brian Nault

Professor

Department of Entomology

Cornell AgriTech

Brian Nault
A woman stands in front of a brick wall
Sarah Pethybridge

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Sarah Pethybridge
Diseases of vegetables
Sclerotinia
Epidemiology and fungicide resistance
Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Christine Smart
Biology and management of vegetable diseases
Host-pathogen interactions

Organic Vegetable Production Systems

thomas bjorkman
Thomas Björkman

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Thomas Björkman
Vegetable crop physiology
Cover crops
Establishing year-round Eastern broccoli industry
Elizabeth Buck
Elizabeth Buck

Fresh Market Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Elizabeth Buck
Robert Hadad
Robert Hadad

Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Robert Hadad
Elisabeth Hodgdon
Elisabeth A. Hodgdon

Regional Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Elisabeth A. Hodgdon
Christy Hoepting
Christy Hoepting

Senior Regional Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Christy Hoepting
Ryan Matthew Maher
Ryan Maher

Research and Extension Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Ryan Maher
  • ryan.maher [at] cornell.edu
Michael Mazourek
Michael Mazourek

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Horticulture Section

Michael Mazourek
Vegetable breeding (cucurbits, peppers and peas)
Biochemical genetics
Organic systems
Anu Rangarajan
Anusuya Rangarajan

Senior Extension Associate and Director, Cornell Small Farm Program

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Anusuya Rangarajan
Fresh market vegetable production
Small farms and sustainable agriculture
Organic and reduced tillage vegetable production
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Abby Seaman

Area Extension Educator - Vegetables

CALS NYS Integrated Pest Mgmt

Abby Seaman
Vegetables
Organic Production
woman in greenhouse
Crystal Stewart Courtens

Regional Vegetable Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Crystal Stewart Courtens
Small & Beginning Farms
Organic Production
Garlic

Organic Weed Management

Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown

Adjunct Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Extension Associate

CALS NYS Integrated Pest Mgmt

Bryan Brown
Integrated weed management
man in field
Matt Ryan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Matt Ryan
Sustainable cropping systems and agroecology
Cover crops and ecological weed management
Organic production
Lynn Sosnoskie
Lynn Sosnoskie

Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Lynn Sosnoskie
Weed ecology
Weed management
Specialty crops