Northeast farmers weigh warming climate, drenched fields

ITHACA, N.Y. – Farmers in the Northeast are adapting to longer growing seasons and warming climate conditions – but they may face spring-planting whiplash as they confront fields increasingly saturated with rain, according to a research paper published in the journal Climatic Change. “Climate change can easily intensify agricultural susceptibility, but also presents fresh, surprising […]

Cornell researchers boost barley, brewing industry in New York

ITHACA, N.Y. – The start of Prohibition in 1919 ended the party for more than just beer-drinkers: It also shut down New York’s once-thriving malt barley industry. When legal drinking returned in 1933, growers in the western United States dominated the market for malting barley, which – along with hops, yeast and water – is […]

Spotted lanternfly threatens NY apple, grape and hop crops

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed that the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect originating in East Asia, has been found New York state.  This invasive pest has also been discovered in Pennsylvania and other states, and is a potential threat to important agricultural crops in New York, including grapes, apples, hops […]

NY hop growers face challenges to meet rising brewery demands

  Media note: A video of the researchers is available here. ITHACA, N.Y. – The New York craft beer industry is really hopping. From 2012 to 2016, the number of breweries more than tripled, from 95 to 302 ­– and the industry contributes $3.5 billion to the state’s economy annually. This surging craft-brewing industry is […]

Northeast raw milk sales prompt warnings of inherent risks

The Centers for Disease Control, along with health officials in New York and New Jersey, are warning consumers about the risks of drinking raw milk and raw-milk products in the wake of reports that a New Jersey resident became ill from the germ Brucella RB51 after drinking raw milk. Nicole Martin, associate director of the […]

Cornell, DEC launch new hemlock pest biocontrol lab

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the creation of a new, $1.2 million biological control lab on Cornell’s Ithaca campus to protect the state’s ecologically important hemlock trees. The lab, partly funded by the state conservation department and headed by Cornell forest entomologist Mark Whitmore, will […]

Tumbling bumblebee populations linked to fungicides

ITHACA, N.Y. – When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. “Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been […]

Vitamin E discovery in maize could lead to more nutritious crop

ITHACA, N.Y. – New research has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that could lead to improving the nutritional profile of this staple crop. Cornell University scientists and colleagues from other institutions combined different types of genetic association analyses to identify 14 genes across the genome that were involved […]

Regional sourcing key to success of Empire Rye, craft beverages

A handful of New York state craft distilleries is launching a new, regional whiskey, “Empire Rye.” Christopher Gerling, an enologist and craft-beverage expert, says that local sourcing and geographical identification are key ingredients to Empire Rye and other regional food and drink. Gerling says: “Craft beverages and local sourcing of raw materials go hand in […]

NY regional pedigree distilled into Empire Rye

A handful of New York state craft distilleries is launching a new, regional whiskey, “Empire Rye.” Bradley J. Rickard, an expert on economic and policy issues in food and beverage markets – and associate professor in Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, notes that such industry-led initiatives are driven by […]