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Researchers assessing forests in New York Sate

Natural barriers to exclude deer encourage forest regeneration and diversity

Nov 15, 2020

Deer browsing poses an increasing threat to healthy and productive forests in the northeast. Natural barriers known as “Slash Walls” utilize low-value logging residues to protect regenerating forest areas from deer for a decade or more, while the young trees grow beyond their reach. Watch video. 

Red apples on a tree

$4.8M grant helps optimize apple yields with digital ag

Nov 10, 2020

A Cornell-led, multi-institution, interdisciplinary team seeks to use computer vision, automation and robotics to optimize per-tree apple production, which is currently a highly manual and imprecise process.

Rows of soybeans are thriving on a research plot covered with crimped rye

$2M grant supports more sustainable path for organic farmers

Nov 5, 2020

Organic crop farmers in the Northeast and Upper Midwest are facing an increasing number of challenges related to climate change and invasive pests, but a $2 million grant from the USDA will help them find sustainable solutions.

Red barn in rural landscape

Cornell social scientists win national acclaim for rural population research

Oct 27, 2020

Cornell University is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that earned the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award. The project conducts research on the most pressing demographic, economic, social, and environmental challenges faced by rural communities in the U.S.

Titan arum inflorescence

Wee Stinky’s first offspring to flower blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory

Oct 13, 2020

An offspring of Cornell’s famed titan arum “Wee Stinky” blooms at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. The plant, grown from seed and cared for by Cornell AES greenhouse grower Paul Cooper until it was gifted to the Franklin Park Conservatory in 2016, is Wee Stinky’s first progeny bloom.

Maureen Hanson and Myat Lin in front of a plant growth chamber

E. coli bacteria offer path to improving photosynthesis

Sep 21, 2020

Scientists have engineered a key plant enzyme and introduced it in Escherichia coli bacteria in order to create an optimal experimental environment for studying how to speed up photosynthesis, a holy grail for improving crop yields.

A manure cover at a NY farm

Green practices can negate climate emissions on NY farms

Aug 13, 2020

New York agriculture has the capacity to mitigate its own greenhouse gas emissions, two Cornell researchers say in a state-funded report commissioned by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Report fosters ag industry climate-change tracking

Aug 4, 2020

Cornell’s Art DeGaetano is one of nine scientists to co-author a USDA report to help the nation’s farmers and commercial agricultural managers reduce risk in the face of climate change.

Grow-NY logo

Grow-NY business competition is on; entries close July 15

Jun 3, 2020

The second Grow-NY food and agriculture business competition is going on as planned, with new safety practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers and state officials said May 14 during a virtual briefing.

Bagged apples on a shelf

Cornell Orchards Store to close Jan. 31

Jan 28, 2020

The Cornell Orchards Store – long a retail outlet for the university’s apples, fresh cider and other fruit grown at the Cornell Orchards, along Route 366 – will close Jan. 31.

Student farmer Teddy Matel

Treasures and lessons from Dilmun Hill Student Farm

Nov 7, 2019

Teddy Matel ’22, a plant sciences major, has been a farmer at Dilmun Hill Student Farm for a year and a half. In my first minute on the farm, I have already been introduced to a new fruit — and, apparently, a new way of making ice cream.

A man in a suit speaks at a podium

CALS honors talent, dedication of faculty & staff

Oct 31, 2019

On Oct. 29, CALS celebrated the 16th annual Research & Extension Awards and the 10th annual Core Value Staff Awards. These awards recognize the notable and wide-ranging accomplishments of CALS faculty and staff, who always go above and beyond in their contributions to the college.

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