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Cornell Releases Official Land Acknowledgement

By Susan Kelley / July 5, 2021

Cornell University’s new land acknowledgment statement reflects upon the origin of the Cornell campus land and pays tribute to its ongoing ties to the Cayuga Nation. Cornell University has a new land acknowledgment, stating that its Ithaca campus is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’, also known as the Cayuga Nation. The leadership…

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Cornell Experts Advocate for Ag Diversity, Food Security

By James Dean / July 5, 2021

A recent New York Senate meeting featured Cornell experts speaking on the importance of diversity in farm leadership and emphasizing the numeric discrepancy between minority farm employment and ownership. Only about 1% of New York state’s nearly 58,000 farm owners identify as Hispanic or Latinx, according to the Census of Agriculture, despite more than 80,000…

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How to Talk about COVID-19 Vaccination with Your Employees

By Mary Kate MacKenzie / July 5, 2021

Farm managers’ efforts to encourage employee vaccination could have far-reaching effects in preserving health and preventing COVID-19 deaths. The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is a highly personal one, yet each individual’s decision has profound implications for public health. At the farm level, that makes farmer and farm worker vaccination an important risk management…

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Cheap, User-Friendly Smartphone App Predicts Vineyard Yields

By Krishna Ramanujan / July 5, 2021

Cornell engineers and plant scientists have teamed up to develop a low-cost system that allows grape growers to predict their yields much earlier in the season and more accurately than costly traditional methods. The new method allows a grower to use a smartphone to video grape vines while driving a tractor or walking through the…

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An image of the Cherry Ember tomato shows bright red skin with yellow stripes.

New Cherry Ember Tomato Reveals Stripey Charm, Bright Flavor

By Erin Rodger / April 5, 2021

This new cherry tomato variety from Cornell AgriTech provides improved yield and shelf-life while enhancing both visual and culinary appeal.  Cherry tomatoes are a staple in home gardens, farm fields and local food markets, but growing them can be a challenging undertaking. Now, a new variety from Cornell AgriTech provides improved yield and shelf-life while enhancing both visual and culinary…

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2021 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available

By Kacey Deamer / April 5, 2021

Cornell Field Crops and the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management.  Written by Cornell University specialists, this publication is designed to offer producers, seed and chemical dealers, and crop consultants practical information on growing and managing field corn, forages, small grains,…

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Cows in a dairy barn.

Older Cows Are More Profitable

By David Balbian / April 5, 2021

It’s not uncommon for dairy producers and their advisors to discuss culling rates and how many heifers need to be raised to maintain or grow the milking herd. The conversation at times leads to discussions about how long it takes a first calf heifer to pay for herself. In other words, how long does she…

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When Is a Weed a Weed?

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 5, 2021

Determining which pasture weeds are nutritious additions and which are undesirable.  Weeds are called weeds because we named them that way. The word “weed” suggests they are undesirable. However, not all weeds are created equal. This article addresses that.  Perennial pasture never contains just the planted and desirable forage species like the grass species and the legumes that…

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Sergio and Silvia Rosario participated in the Master Class series, then applied for a Smart Farming Team grant, gaining access to a small team of Spanish-speaking agricultural consultants to further their financial skills sets in support of their farm business.

What it Means to Join a Smart Farming Team

By Nicole Waters / April 5, 2021

Two farms’ stories of building new skill sets while also building community.  The Smart Farming Team initiative has become one of the most impactful elements of the Labor Ready Project. Offering farm business owners the time and space necessary to address specific challenges facing their farm businesses, New York State producers worked in teams to build critical…

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Two seedlings growing out of soil blocks.

Soil Blocking in Five Easy Steps

By Petra Page-Mann / April 5, 2021

Soil blocks can lead to the remarkable health of transplants compared to their cousins grown in cell trays.  The Dutch have been developing modern soil blocking for nearly a century.  Planting seeds into cubes of soil was documented 2,000 years ago in Central America, as well.   I love soil blocks for the remarkable health of transplants compared…

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