Cornell CALS - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

We are an interdisciplinary team built of university faculty, staff, students, cooperative extension and farmers. We work with extension partners across the project region to connect with farmers and build a growing network of farms that are performing trials, adapting and expanding their reduced tillage practices.

Our team includes:

  Anusuya Rangarajan, Senior Extension Associate, Horticulture
ar47@cornell.edu
Ryan Maher, Research and Extension Specialist, Horticulture
ryan.maher@cornell.edu
Brian Caldwell, Research Specialist, Soil & Crop Sciences
bac11@cornell.edu
_0012_rickard Brad Rickard, Associate Professor, Applied Economics and Management
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
bjr83@cornell.edu
Meg McGrath, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center - Riverhead, NY
mtm3@cornell.edu


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hutton Mark Hutton, Associate Professor, Vegetable Crops
UME Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm - Monmouth, ME
mhutton@umext.maine.edu
mark Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Know-Lincoln County Office - Waldoboro, ME
mhutch@maine.edu
gallandt Eric Gallandt, Associate Professor, Weed Ecology and Management
School of Food and Agriculture - Orono, ME
gallandt@maine.edu

DanBrainardPhoto Dan Brainard, Associate Professor, Horticulture
brainar9@msu.edu
zsofia_szendrei Zsofia Szendrei, Assistant Professor, Entomology
szendrei@msu.edu
morrone Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Organic Specialist for Organic Production
sorrone@msu.edu

Organic Grower Advisors

The organic reduced tillage project started with farmers. In winter 2015, we brought together eleven experienced vegetable farmers to outline the skills needed to adopt a reduced tillage farming system in a three-day intensive workshop. Each grower shared the knowledge and experience from their own approach to reduced tillage on their farm. Together, with help of a trained facilitator, they developed a list of the tasks that an organic farmer should consider to be successful in planning, implementing and evaluating reduced in vegetable systems. This workshop 1) built a working farmer team to create information-sharing relationships; 2) broadened researcher notions of the various approaches to RT; 3) provided an extension template for surveys, articles and fact sheets; and 4) provided farmer input for the design and implementation of field experiments.
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Funding

Current research and extension materials are based upon work that is supported by the NationalInstitute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number award # 2014-51300-22244.

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