The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program and the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) led a joint webinar hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub on Thursday, May 4, 2017 to educate extension professionals, government employees, and other stakeholders about the online tools available to help them make more informed decisions in the Northeast. View this informative webinar at the Conservation Webinar Portal.
CICSS Executive Director, Mike Hoffmann, who recently traveled to Vietnam with Cornell undergraduates to experience how the country is thinking about and responding to climate change continues to reflect on this experience. In a recent article in The Hill, he focuses on the students’ perspective on climate change, finding that millenials, especially the group that traveled to Vietnam, are extremely aware and concerned about climate change.
After serving in the Vietnam war and not returning for decades, CICSS Executive Director Mike Hoffmann has made two trips to Vietnam in the past year to look at the impacts of climate change on the nation. On Dr. Hoffmann’s second trip, he brought along Cornell undergraduate students for a service-learning course so that they could also see the first-hand impacts of climate change in the country. These students lobbied in Washington D.C. after their trip for action on climate change and the continued support of Asian Studies by the U.S. government.
These experiences have given Dr. Hoffmann a unique perspective on the issue of climate change and how it is affecting countries such as Vietnam. Read his perspective in a recent article written for the Cornell page on Medium.com.
Shannan Sweet and David Wolfe conducted a New York State Drought Survey in 2016 in order to determine the impacts of the drought on farmers in New York. The survey aimed to elucidate impacts by commodity and also based on whether farmers irrigated or not.
Read about this survey, the results, and the recommendations based on this research in the third edition of the CICSS Research and Policy Brief Series, entitled “Anatomy of a Rare Drought: Insights from New York Farmers” on our Publications page.
The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program was featured in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture’s (GACSA) February Newsletter HERE. CICSS Director, and spearheader of the Cornell CSF Program, Allison Chatrchyan, is very involved with GACSA, participating in their annual meetings each year, and developing case studies of climate smart agriculture from the Northeast to contribute to their worldwide assessments.
With transitions in government leadership in the new presidential administration, websites such as Climate Central are working to get perspectives on how this will impact agencies such as the USDA and work they are doing in the climate change and agricultural sphere. Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Directors Mike Hoffmann and Allison Chatrchyan were recently interviewed by Climate Central, and their perspectives on the direction of these organizations can be found in the following article.
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CICSS is currently offering a new online course, “BF 107: “Climate Smart Farming” from Jan 17 – Feb 21, 2017, in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. In this six-week online course, farmers will learn to identify key impacts to their farms, and how to develop a plan of action to both increase resiliency to extreme temperature and precipitation events, or short term drought, and strategies to reduce their farm’s greenhouse gas footprint. Students will learn from climate experts, educators, and fellow farmers on ways they can proactively approach challenges such as drought, flooding, summer heat stress, changing seasons, freeze risk, and heightened pest and weed pressures. For more information on the Beginning Farmers Project and online courses, visit their website, where a full list of courses and information on registering can be found.
CICSS, along with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, led the planning and Cornell Delegation to the 22nd Annual Conference of the Parties (COP 22) global climate change summit, Nov 7, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. This COP is incredibly important – termed the “COP of Action” by the Moroccan Government – as it will assume responsibility from the accomplishments at COP 21 and focus on action items needed to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement. At COP22, the Cornell team held several side events with partners in hte UN Zone and Africa Pavillion, and staffed a display booth for the full two weeks to share information on our research ad extension projects. Funding for the delegation was provided for by CICSS, the Atkinson Center and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (for student participation). Contact Dr. Allison Chatrchyan for further details.
The Cornell Delegation included:
- Week 1: Allison Chatrchyan; Johannes Lehmann; Mark Lawrence; Josh Cerra; Linah Ababneh; Dawit Solomon; and Allison Considine (Cornell student).
- Week 2: Gerald Torres; Jonathan Lambert; Douglas MacMartin; Jennifer Fownes (Cornell graduate student); Nathaniel Fisher (Cornell student); Maroua Jabouri (Cornell student); and Christina Yin (Cornell student).
Mike Hoffmann, Executive Director of CICSS, recently attended the National Forum on Climate and Pests, from October 4-6 in Washington, DC. The Forum was organized by the Northeast IPM Center, in conjunction with CICSS, the American Society of Agronomy, the National Academy of Sciences, Regional IPM Centers, the USDA Climate Hubs, and USDA NIFA. The Forum was also broadcast online, and is available for permanent viewing at the web links below:
As you may know, the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) has recently become the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS – prouounced “kicks”). This decision to change our name was made after many months of thoughtful discussion and input from faculty and stakeholders, the Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Extension team, CALS Communications, and with full support of the CALS Dean. CICSS will continue to focus on facilitating interdisciplinary climate change-related research, grant proposal development, and extension and outreach projects. A core focus will also continue to be on climate change and agriculture, with the Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program, and CSF Extension Team. But changing the name of the institute will offer us a broader agenda – in many cases work that the Institute is being asked to help address. For example, affiliated social science faculty are working on research projects related to municipal action on climate change, stakeholders belief and action, and climate change communication. CICSS has been helping facilitate climate change projects on campus (such as climate change literacy), developing new youth education and proposals for Master Volunteer training programs, working on policy outreach, co-organizing the University-wide climate change seminar series, and helping organize the Cornell Delegation to COP 21 and COP 22. Many of these initiatives would not happen without the leadership from the Institute. Come visit us online, or in Rice Hall (102-105).
Each year, the Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Team, a program of CICCA, participates in the annual Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY. This year’s event was from August 9th to the 11th, and was attended by farmers, extension professionals, and gardeners from New York State and beyond. The CSF Team displayed its new CSF Decision Tools on an interactive, touch-screen computer. Farmers were able to enter their farm’s location and see outputs on tools such as the GDD Calculator, Irrigation/Water Deficit Calculator, and Frost/Freeze Risk Tool, which can help them make informed, climate-smart decisions.
During the summer of 2016, CICCA welcomed three summer interns to the team! Abbie Kramer, Giorgi Tsintsadze, and Savannah Acosta (Cornell undergraduates) contributed to an incredibly productive summer at CICCA, in which we: started a new social media climate change infographic campaign (example pictured), filmed new decision tool tutorial and farmer interview videos, conducted various climate change-related research projects, applied for high-profile grants including to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, secured the Cornell delegation to COP22 in Marrakech, maintained a Climate Smart Farming exhibit in Mann Library, and reached out to over 100 youth on climate change. We look forward to building on this work throughout the academic year as well, and have invited our summer interns to work with CICCA as Research Assistants this fall.
On June 29th and 30th, Jonathan Lambert and CICCA summer intern, Abbie Kramer, took part in the annual 4-H Career Explorations on Cornell’s campus, educating nearly 100 8th and 9th graders from NY and PA on climate change and possible career opportunities in the climate and environmental field. Jonathan and Abbie walked students through an introduction to the basics of climate change, taught students how to think critically about climate change and its causes and effects, and fostered a deeper understanding of how climate change connects to some of the world’s most pressing issues. This project was also featured by the Cornell Chronicle.