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This Soil Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change

By Talia Isaacson / March 12, 2020

A new species of soil bacteria, discovered by Cornell University researchers, is particularly adept at breaking down organic matter, including the carcinogenic chemicals that are released from the burning of fossil fuels. This property means it could help clean up contaminated soils, as well as serve as a key player in the soil carbon cycle. …

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Justine Vanden Heuvel holds the imaging system in a vineyard

Portable Imaging Tool Will Transform Gravevine Pruning

By Talia Isaacson / March 10, 2020

Pruning vines is one of the most important tasks of a viticulturist. If done improperly, the vine can produce yields that are either too high or too low, both of which pose risks. When yields are too high, sugars are low in fruits, making them poor wine grapes; when too low, fruit sales don’t cover…

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Green Cherry Tomato ‘Jaded’ Offers Options in Color

By Talia Isaacson / March 4, 2020

Meet ‘Jaded’, the newest cherry tomato cultivar from Cornell Agritech! As part of a growing collection of diverse cherry tomato varieties, including the Galaxy Suite, Jaded offers growers a whole new color option: it ripens green, but maintains the sweetness of a ripe red.  “When people think of sweeter types of products, green doesn’t necessarily…

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In the News: Koyanagi Describes Farm Ops Partnerships, Support Across NYS

By Kelsie Raucher / March 2, 2020

With a recent expansion of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s “VA Farms” project, the Bath, NY VA Medical Center, will now be a second location for the project’s offerings. Our veterans project associate, Dean Koyanagi, was interviewed by WETM18 and provided insight on farmer-veteran programs.  The Canandaigua VA contracted our Farm Ops project to deliver…

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Hot Hemp? It’s Likely the Genetics

By Kelsie Raucher / February 26, 2020

The popular held belief is that growing conditions can lead to hemp with too much THC, but a recent study by Cornell University researchers found that  genetics are the ultimate factor in THC content. THC is the psychoactive chemical that can make hemp “too hot.” Hemp must stay under 0.3% THC while its relative, cannabis,…

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Farm Ops Project to Continue Event Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Kacey Deamer / February 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Farm Ops project will be continuing its series of training workshops for veterans interested in agriculture throughout 2020. Opportunities include twelve single-day focused trainings, as well as connecting participating veterans to additional regional training opportunities, print material, and online resources tailored to each individual’s interests. These events are…

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Creating Corn to Survive the Cold Spells

By Kelsie Raucher / February 12, 2020

Though it is so prominent nation- and worldwide, corn is actually a tropical crop. As demand for food grows with a growing population, new efforts are in the works to increase the cold tolerance of this staple crop. Former research found that the enzyme Rubisco, critical for turning carbon dioxide into sugar, decreases when plants…

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Extension and Growers Collaborate to Fight Leaf Blight

By Kelsie Raucher / February 6, 2020

The last five years have been challenging for onion growers in New York State, as a fungus has caused premature leaf death on onions in the field. More than 75% of growers in the state have been affected by Stemphylium leaf blight (SLB), an old disease which has re-emerged and become prevalent after an increase…

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Mario Miranda Sazo and Master Class graduate Luis Garza stand in orchard talking

March into Better Management through Labor Ready Trainings

By Nicole Waters / February 3, 2020

Management skills are not something people are born with, but are learned with time and practice. With labor as one of the largest on-farm costs, it is wise to invest in people and improve your management skills. Are you managing your labor well? Our Labor Ready project works to ensure that new farmers and advancing…

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Register Now for Baskets to Pallets Marketing Intensive

By Violet Stone / January 28, 2020

Are you in search of new markets? Are you considering wholesale channels such as food hubs, grocery stores, schools, restaurants, and cooperatives? Treat yourself to a holistic training that offers strategies and skill-building for successfully entering wholesale markets with special consideration toward participants’ overall comfort and well-being. Join the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Baskets to…

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