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Solar Grazing Project Combines Renewable Energy and Agriculture

By Daniella Garcia Almeida / July 4, 2022

Solar energy developers and farmers need land to operate, and a Cornell research project aims to demonstrate how co-locating solar arrays on farmland can be an environmentally friendly way to benefit both the renewable energy and agriculture industries. In 2019 the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act set a goal to reach 70% renewable energy in New…

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Brook Trout Hook for Cornell Climate Change Research and Extension Outreach

By CCE Staff / July 4, 2022

Brook trout are so adapted to their native environment of the cool, clean, fresh waters of the Adirondacks, they’re also incredibly sensitive to change. By CCE Staff In 1975, New York officially recognized the brook trout as the state fish. A favorite of anglers and a symbol of the pristine upstate wilderness, this species also…

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Futuro en Ag (English)

By Mildred Alvarado / July 4, 2022

In-person Training to Online Courses to Resources All Spanish-First Gabino Bautista, a beginner farmer from the Hudson Valley region, attends monthly classes as part of the Futuro en Ag project, receiving weekly lessons and encouragement, while learning to establish a farm financial record keeping system. Gabino, like all farmers, works hard to grow his farm…

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New York State Farm Directory Launching in June 2022

By Kacey Deamer / June 1, 2022

As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture’s plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. The Farm Directory, which launches in mid-June, will connect consumers to producers of farm products and promote New York farms.…

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A Call to Stand in Solidarity with Buffalo Food Justice Advocates and Partners

By Kacey Deamer / May 18, 2022

We stand with our neighbors in Buffalo as we collectively grieve the lives lost and process the horror of Saturday’s mass shooting by a white supremacist targeting Black residents while they shopped at a neighborhood grocery store. Please consider sharing this media advisory, co-created by Food For the Spirit and other Black-led organizations in New York State,…

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Pasture Rest

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 4, 2022

How long should my pasture rest before I graze it again? After a pasture cell has been grazed it should rest that the plants in it can regrow, restore nutrients, and stay viable. How long the pasture rest should be, depends on the time of year. Pasture rest in humid climate like in New England,…

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The Slow and Furtive Nature of Pasture Soil Compaction: Project Develops Ratio to Monitor Impact

By Fay Benson / April 4, 2022

Dairy farmer and Cooperative Extension Educator Fay Benson shares the results of a three-year study testing his Pasture Compaction Ratio hypothesis. He describes best management practices and how to measure compaction on the farm. In my work, first as a grazing dairy farmer and now as a Cornell University Cooperative Extension educator working with graziers…

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To Tarp, to Mulch or to Do Both: That Was the Question

By Bob Tuori / April 4, 2022

CSA Farm experiments to minimize inputs, mechanization and soil disturbance in their market-scale potato growing operation. By Bob Tuori, Ryan Maher, and Michael Salzl A major concern on our highly intensive organic farm is how to grow potatoes on a scale that supplies our diverse and abundant CSA shares yet in way that minimizes labor…

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Annual Maintenance in Support of Woodland Management

By Peter Smallidge / April 4, 2022

Woodland owners have different styles of management, from fairly casual to fairly regimented. All different strategies can work, but there are annual maintenance, management and practical activities that are enjoyable, useful and support the objectives of many owners. An owner who develops a list of annual or regular activities, some that may require a short…

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Preparing Your Beef Cows for Springtime Calving

By Rich Taber / April 4, 2022

In part eight of our “What’s Your Beef?” series on raising cattle on small farms, we share why you need to be paying strict attention to the quality of feed that your late gestation beef cows receive just prior to calving season. This article is the eighth installment on raising and managing beef cattle in…

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