Dr. Darcy E.P. Telenko, a regional vegetable extension specialist for the Cornell Vegetable Program, currently serves twelve western New York counties, where she focuses on fresh market vegetable production, weed management, and climate change resiliency. She brings a broad experience base to CICCA, beginning with a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in plant pathology and crop sciences from North Carolina State University. Her post-doctoral work includes studies in weed management of turf grass and agronomic crops at the University of Florida and disease management of agronomic crops at Virginia Tech. Email: email@example.com | Phone: (716) 652-5400 x 178.
Laura McDermott, a regional extension specialist in small fruit production for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program, currently serves 17 counties in the Route 87 corridor, where she concentrates on small fruit production and fresh market vegetable production. Her current research projects include low-tunnel strawberry production, resistance management education, and invasive species management. In her 25 years with the Extension system, she has also amassed experience with all types of horticulture, including maple, forestry, and consumer horticulture, and with commercial fruit and vegetable farmer education. A native of Stillwater, New York, she holds a B.S. in plant protection from Cornell University and an M.S. in fruit crops from the University of Florida. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (518) 746-2562.
Jesse Strzok is a regional production economics specialist with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. His experience is in experimental and non-market valuation of food and agricultural products, genetically modified and organic coexistence, crop insurance, and forecasting. He works with the CSF team to develop additional farmer-friendly tools and outreach to help with risks and opportunities from climate variability. Jesse has a B.S. in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and an M.S. in economics from Iowa State University. Email: email@example.com | Phone: (518) 429-1464.
Dr. Kitty O’Neil works to improve the yield and production efficiency of field crops and forages – a goal that requires smart crop management and a keen understanding of climate-related risks and long-term soil health. A field crops and soils specialist, she leads the North New York field crops team, which designs crop and soil management programs to serve the region’s farms. Dr. O’Neil’s research has included cropping systems and the effects of soil amendments and cover crops on soil health on potato farms. She earned a B.S. in animal science from Cornell University, an M.S. in animal nutrition and plant biochemistry, and a Ph.D. in sustainable plant and soil cropping systems, both from Michigan State University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 315-379-9192.
July 2014: Interview with Wendy Burkhart-Spiegel of Common Thread Farm in Madison, NY. Common Thread Farm is a CSA that emphasizes locally-produced food and is committed to the NOFA Organic Farmer’s Pledge.
Dr. Kimberley Morrill, regional dairy specialist, focuses on calf management, record management, on-farm outreach programs and helping New York dairies improve their capacity to manage the risks associated with climate change. Dr. Morrill conducted research on transition cow management, calf management, and colostrum absorption while earning a B.A. in dairy management and an M.A. in animal nutrition, both from the University of New Hampshire. Her work on neonatal development, colostrogenesis, colostrum management on dairy farms, gut development in newborn calves and dairy nutrition earned her a Ph.D. in animal physiology from Iowa State University. In addition to the CSF Team, she is active in Annie’s Project and the Women in Ag Learning Network. Email: email@example.com | Phone: (315) 379-9192.
Spring 2012: Interview with Mark Doyle, business manager of Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, NY. Fishkill Farms is a small organic orchard that specializes in apple production and is dedicated to sustainable farming practices.
March 2012: Interview with Tom Hahn, owner and operator of Hahn Farm in Salt Point, NY. Hahn Farm began dairy farming in the late 18th century and has since diversified production to include grass-fed beef, vegetables, and more.
July 2014: Interview with Paul King, farm manager of Six Mile Creek Vineyard in Ithaca, NY. Six Mile Creek Vineyard is a small vineyard in Ithaca started in the 1970s that produces both wine and spirits.
Floods, droughts, pests and pathogens were among the weighty topics considered at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday.
In the middle of a busy legislative session day, Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assembly member Steve Englebright, chairs of the Senate and Assembly environmental conservation committees, hosted a Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences educational forum designed to provide insight into how extreme weather variations are impacting New York’s farm community. O’Mara and Englebright opened the forum, which also saw attendance by Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee, Assembly members Barbara Lifton and Cliff Crouch – along with a packed house of legislative and executive staff, and agricultural and environmental stakeholders.
Assistant Professor Toby Ault from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences entertained and sobered the crowd by explaining radiant heat. Taking a page from famous Cornell alum Bill Nye the Science Guy, Ault walked attendees through a demonstration of radiant heat with an infrared camera, a metal globe and a blowtorch. Explaining how greenhouse gases interact with earth’s surface for good and for bad, Ault pointed out the extremes in weather fluctuations have become far greater over time, how his recent work has predicted a megadrought in the US Southwest, and that over time the United States will become progressively drier.
Horticulture Professor David Wolfe, a contributing author to the 2011 New York State ClimAID report, told the audience how increased “growing degree days,” changes in plant hardiness zones and fluctuations in extreme rainfall events are hitting New York’s farmers. With ecosystems changing as direct result of changing weather patterns and more extreme weather events, farmers will face greater challenges in dealing with invasive species, increased overwintering pests, early warming and unseasonable frost events, intensified rainfall and difficulty in predicting what types of crops to plant. Wolfe emphasized the need to focus resources towards Cornell’s New York State Integrated Pest Management program, noting the prevalence of new and different pests will bring more challenges to farmers that should be met with by environmentally sensitive strategies for control.
California farmers have faced severe hardships weathering the impacts of a four-year drought, and Entomology Professor Mike Hoffmann, associate dean of CALS and director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, showcased recent research documenting the price increases for consumers nationally as a result of California’s difficult drought and farm economy. Hoffman said price increases, but also an inability to grow certain crops such as red wine grapes and other water-thirsty varieties may create a demand for farmers in New York and the Northeast to supply more fresh market fruits and vegetables.
Allison Chatrchyan, the director the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, spoke about farmer adaptation and mitigation needs for the future. Citing a yet-to-be-published poll that found that 82 percent of New York’s farmers believe that climate change is occurring, Chatrchyan’s work has found that farmers are already facing losses from severe weather events. Chatrchyan said the institute is working to create a set of online decision-making tools for New York farmers to better understand and minimize their risk. Using historical data and climate modeling, tools such as a frost free calculator, a growing-degree yield prediction tool, and eventually a carbon-assessment tool will give farmers in New York specific data by which to make better farming decisions.
Climate Change and agriculture experts presented a forum in Albany on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 to bring their research to lawmakers and staff in order to help inform potential policy. Pictured are (L-R): Professor Mike Hoffmann, director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station; Allison Chatrchyan, director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture; David Wolfe, Horticulture professor and co-author of New York’s ClimAID report. New York State Sen. Tom O’Mara; Toby Ault, assistant professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science; and Julie Suarez, associate dean of government and community relations for CALS.
CICCA researchers will participate in the 2015 Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Conference in Montpellier, France, March 16-18, 2015. See CICCA’s poster presentation for Farmer-Driven Climate Smart Decision-Making for the Northeastern United States.
The Montpellier global science conference will:
- Address key research issues, gather CSA facts and figures from developing and developed countries and support a collaborative effort with broad social participation. The conference takes place a few months before the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, Paris, France, December 2015). The conference will therefore provide a unique opportunity for the research community to update knowledge on CSA and to provide recommendations for policymakers.
- Pave the road for future cooperation initiatives to be taken in terms of joint and collaborative scientific efforts.
January 8, 2015 – CICCA Director, Allison Chatrchyan, announced that the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will participate in the New York State Agricultural Society’s 183rd Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum, co-sponsored with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum is one of the largest agricultural meetings in the state, with nearly 500 attendees expected to attend. The event will take place on January 8, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY.
According to the organization’s website, “the Department of Agriculture and Markets is honored to once again partner with the New York State Agricultural Society for the 183rd Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum,” said Commissioner Ball. “This event does an extraordinary job of bringing the right people together to listen and learn about the future of our state’s prosperous agricultural sector.” The renowned keynote speaker, Dr. David Kohl, will engage attendees in a discussion about diversification, as well as several New York farmers who will share their own stories.
CICCA will be providing a display table and materials from Cornell University on “Climate Smart Farming,” including Cornell climate change fact sheets, climate smart farming videos, and links to Best Management Practices and Resources. For more details, see: http://www.nysagsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2015-Forum.pdf.
On November 8, 2014 Mike Hoffmann, associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, presented a TEDx talk, “Climate Change: It’s Time to Raise Our Voices,” at the annual TEDx ChemungRiver 2014 Event, held at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Hoffmann encourages us to become aware, accept the reality, and then act by raising our voices to address this grand challenge facing our generation.
Cornell soil scientist Johannes Lehmann speaks about climate change mitigation strategies for the UN COP 20 Climate Change Conference held December 1-12, 2014 in Lima, Peru. Lehmann addresses the potential of biochar as an important and immediate option for sequestering carbon and improving soil health.
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On December 3, 2014, Dr. Allison Chatrchyan and Dr. Art DeGaetano gave expert presentations as part of the Stone Barns Center 7th Annual National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation and more.
The CICCA presentations were part of the Pre-Conference on Agroecology and Climate Change, which was organized as a day of workshops and conversations with scientists, farmers and policy experts to explore issues related to agriculture and climate change, with a focus on mitigation and adaptation strategies. Dr. Chatrchyan provide an interdisciplinary overview of “Climate Change Impacts on Farms in the Northeast: Adaptation, Mitigation, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement Options,” while Dr. DeGaetano provided an overview of the science of climate change in a presentation on “Climate Change and Farming: Where We’ve Been, and Where We’re Going.
The Pre-Conference was covered by the national media: