Organic at Cornell

Organic is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing segments of the U.S. agricultural market and 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.

The information on this website is a valuable resource for farmers and gardeners, agricultural educators, governmental agency representatives, university faculty and extension educators, and all others interested in organic production systems.

Visit the grower and extension resources page for specific production strategies for everything from squash to seed corn.

Major Cornell-led Organic Projects


Provides information to all parts of the organic dairy industry, including: consumer, dairy retailer, dairy processor, organic certifier, and farmers.

A collaborative effort between scientists and organic farmers. The intent is to find methods for improving organic cropping systems for better soil and pest management.

An innovative consortium of farmers, researchers, extension educators and grassroots nonprofits, working together to improve organic farmers' access to research and technical support.

All Organic Research Projects

The research and outreach at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) address the needs of communities in New York, the United States and around the globe. Advancing organic agriculture is the focus of many long- and short-term research projects at Cornell.

Projects focusing on organic agriculture