Heritage and ancient grain project feeds a growing demand

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ancientgrains.  ITHACA, N.Y. – After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback. Restaurants and bakeries that promote organic and local agriculture have sprouted up across the country in the last […]

Ancient grains making a gourmet comeback in NYC, journalists can get private taste

Untitled at the Whitney Museum to offer sample menu with Cornell researchers and NYC organizers leading the organic grains movement on hand WHAT:          Media-only lunch to feature ancient wheat varieties growing in popularity at New York City artisanal bakeries, restaurants and farmers markets. These grains promote sustainable agriculture, feature robust flavors, and benefit farmers economically. […]

India’s tax overhaul to transform agricultural industry

On Saturday, India will start implementing a new, streamlined tax system – the Goods & Service Tax (GST) – which unifies the country’s tax code, making it easier to do business across state lines and internationally. The law also aims at increasing transparency in a system long-plagued by inefficiency. Cornell University economist Prabhu Pingali directs the Tata-Cornell Institute […]

Tiny mite takes a major bite out of NYS honeybee population, threatens fruit and vegetable crops

ITHACA, N.Y. – A tiny mite is causing major problems for New York’s honeybee population and is threatening the fruit and vegetable crops that are a major part of the state’s agriculture industry. The varroa mite is a common parasite that weakens honeybee colonies by feeding on bee blood and fat stores, and transmitting deadly […]

Name that tasty table grape, new from Cornell

Media note: Photographs and short videos of the grape can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/grapesCALS. ITHACA, N.Y. – Big on flavor, aroma and size, Cornell University’s newest grape lacks one defining feature: a name. Grape breeder Bruce Reisch spent years developing the grape, and now he’s offering the public the chance to name it. Currently dubbed NY98.0228.02, […]

Digital innovations drive future global agriculture

Global food systems are facing the challenge to feed a world population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 as land and water resources become diminished.  Joshua Woodard, assistant professor of applied economics and management and an expert in agricultural business and finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, says that […]

NY grows greater greenhouse crops with less energy

ITHACA, N.Y. – A public-private consortium led by researchers at Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is poised to match consumer appetite for increased, local vegetable production with reduced greenhouse energy consumption. The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering consortium is being launched to transform the way greenhouses operate in order to reduce electricity use up […]

Canadian dairy dispute to test Trump’s NAFTA position

Andrew Novakovic, the EV Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics in Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, explains how the recent developments in U.S. dairy exports to Canada are threatening dairy farms in New York and Wisconsin. Novakovic says: “Dairy plants in New York and Wisconsin have been challenged to keep up with […]

App aids apple farmers in fight against spring freezes

February’s warm weather was nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price when winter roars back. To help growers assess precarious temperatures in turbulent springs, the Cornell University Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new Apple Freeze Risk decision tool. Apple trees need dormancy and cold weather so that springtime buds develop […]

Trump’s immigration ‘compromise’ ignores basic economics

Maria Lorena Cook, a professor of comparative labor at Cornell University’s ILR school and author of several books on labor movements in Latin America and unauthorized migration, argues the Trump administration’s immigration policy must include a legal pathway for millions of workers whose labor has become central to agriculture, construction, hospitality and services sectors. Cook […]