The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station links Cornell's world-class research farms and plant growth facilities with one of the nation’s most comprehensive statewide cooperative extension systems. Through this engaged, interactive system we address pressing issues that directly affect the health and welfare of the state, and beyond. Many of today’s most urgent societal concerns – from childhood obesity to invasive species to global climate change – do not recognize state or national boundaries.
With more than 130 years of experience identifying, quantifying, and responding to emerging issues in an ever-changing world, Cornell AES directs some of the most important projects in the state on a broad range of topics with six general themes: agriculture and food systems; climate change; environment, natural resources and sustainable energy; nutrition and food; youth and families; and community and economic vitality.
Cornell AES currently oversees a $6 million federally-funded project portfolio. The chief source of funding is an annual allocation by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the land-grant system.
The station also has influence over 14,000 acres of farms and forests and more than a dozen research farms, facilities and greenhouses, providing critical research services to scientists. Hundreds of research projects are housed in the 127,000 sq ft of greenhouse space. Our student-run farm, Dilmun Hill, which uses organic agricultural practices, is a model of a sustainable, student-run agricultural operation that has been emulated by other organizations and universities. Every aspect of our operation – from staff development to forest management to farm equipment – is viewed through the lens of environmental sustainability. We practice what we preach.