Dairy Environmental Systems (DES) works closely with members of our PRO-DAIRY multidisciplinary team, along with select NYS, US, and international dairy industry leaders to identify, develop, document, and introduce innovative methods in dairy waste management/treatment and energy systems targeted to enhance animal well-being, system efficiency, environmental compliance, and overall farm profitability. These efforts are accomplished with the overall goal to better position dairy producers and their advisors to make informed business decisions to further individual farm and industry-wide growth and sustainability.

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Jason Oliver

Senior Extension Associate and Dairy Environmental Systems Engineer


Jason Oliver
  • jpo53 [at] cornell.edu
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Lauren Ray

Agricultural Sustainability and Energy Engineer


Lauren Ray
Angela George
Angela George

Dairy Environmental Specialist


Animal Science

Angela George
  • ag2292 [at] cornell.edu
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Peter Wright

Agricultural Engineer


Peter Wright

Current Projects

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Development and Characterization of System Solutions to New York’s Dairy Manure Management Challenges

  • 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2023
  • Sponsored by USDA-NIFA via Cornell CALS Hatch and Smith Lever funds

Food for AD: Food Scraps Law Impact on Farms and Processors

  • 9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023
  • Sponsored by New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC)

Strategies to Maximize Potential Value of On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion

  • 8/1/2020 – 7/31/2023
  • Sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Economic Feasibility Case Study of Co-Digestion of Manure and Food Waste on a Northern New York Dairy Farm

  • 4/1/2022 – 3/31/2023
  • Sponsored by Northern New York Agricultural Development Program

Methane and Nitrous Oxide Measurement on New York State Dairy Farms and Manure Systems

  • 7/1/2022 – 12/31/2026
  • Sponsored by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM)

Economic Feasibility Analysis of Dairy Farm Co-Digestion of Manure and Food Waste

  • 10/1/2022 – 9/30/2024
  • Sponsored by New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI)

Applicability and roll out of Covered Manure Storages with Flaring Systems

  • 2/1/2023 – 4/30/2023
  • Sponsored by Nestle SA