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Anna Birn is a junior studying Agricultural Science with a minor in Community Food Systems. She works as a student assistant at the Cornell Small Farms Program, supporting its communications and outreach efforts.

New Resources Available for Specialty Mushroom Growers

By Anna Birn / March 16, 2020

We are excited to announce the release of a new Harvest to Market Guide for producers interested in growing specialty mushrooms. This resource is the product of a cooperative effort conducted by the Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, consultant growers, and other supporting organizations.  This guidebook is meant to serve as a companion…

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In the News: How We Help NYS Farmers Implement Reduced Tillage Systems

By Anna Birn / December 16, 2019

Sweeping problems under the rug usually leads to larger problems in the future, unless of course, the problem is weeds and the rug is tarps. Tarping fields as a weed management strategy is an integral part of many organic and reduced tillage operations.  Cornell Small Farms Program director, Anu Rangarajan, and Reduced Tillage project coordinator,…

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Cornell Awarded for Work with Farmworkers

By Anna Birn / December 11, 2019

On November 10th, Cornell University was awarded the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award for its ongoing work with farmworkers in New York State. This award, complete with a $20,000 grant, was delivered at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) annual meeting in San Diego.  President Martha Pollack accepted the award, highlighting the…

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New York’s Craft Beverage Industry Supported by Cornell Institute

By Anna Birn / December 9, 2019

The craft beverage industry is a regionally important economic driver in New York State. The 400 craft brewers in the state had an overall impact of $5.4 billion in 2018, with those numbers expected to continue increasing in the future. To support this growing industry, Cornell University has opened the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute in…

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CCE Connects Producers to New Markets

By Anna Birn / November 7, 2019

Connecting growers to new markets is a key part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) mission to bring economic vitality and social well being to New York State.  One of these markets is the Taste New York program, which features locally grown and made products including everything from maple syrup and fresh apples to local…

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Study Measures Maple Syrup Production in a Changing Climate

By Anna Birn / October 8, 2019

A changing climate is expected to change the seasonality of crops, largely affecting farmers’ production patterns and yearly cycles. This impact on crops also includes maple syrup production, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. Maple syrup production is especially dependent on temperature, and even in the best conditions has a very short seasonal…

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Stability in Diversity: A Case Study of Birds in Sugarbushes

By Anna Birn / April 24, 2019

In an ecosystem, diversity means stability. When assessing the health of a natural space, one looks for diversity of species, diversity of ages within those species, balance between living and non living resources, and diversity between plant and animals. More and more research points to diversity in agricultural landscapes as a tool to create productive…

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Explorations of Growing the Kiwiberry in the Northeast

By Anna Birn / April 17, 2019

Kiwiberries could be the next big horticultural crop for producers in the Northeast, according to researchers. Kiwiberries are a perennial vine which produce grape-sized, smooth-skinned fruit, that look and taste like their tropical namesake. The fruit has a complex flavor profile and is easy to consume making it especially desirable in regions where they are…

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USDA Expands “Defend the Flock Campaign” with New Resources for All Poultry Growers

By Anna Birn / April 1, 2019

Biosecurity has proven to be the most effective way to protect the nation’s poultry, property, and people. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has expanded its Defend the Flock program to educate all poultry growers about best practices in biosecurity. Considering the devastating impact of the highly…

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Galaxy Suite of Tomatoes Takes Off

By Anna Birn / March 27, 2019

A recent study of consumer demands found that New York State residents want more products that are local, organic, and possess high quality, diverse flavors. In response to this feedback, plant breeder Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell AgriTech, developed a new line of grape tomatoes. After being thoroughly consumer…

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