NAFTA struggles to regulate increasingly global supply chain

The fourth round of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resumes in Washington on Wednesday, amidst concerns that these talks may end in an impasse between the Trump administration and the governments of Mexico and Canada. Two Cornell University experts comment on the status of the negotiations and what they mean for […]

Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests

Media note: Photographs can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/DeerNativePlants. ITHACA, N.Y. – When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasing the proportion of plant communities made up of non-native […]

Puerto Rico needs a repeal of the Jones Act, further incentives

As Puerto Rico deals with the aftermath of the hurricane and struggles to restore its power grid, much of its economy – including the well-developed pharmaceutical industry – faces an uncertain future. Steven C. Kyle, an expert in macroeconomics and government policy in the U.S. and in low-income countries, says that while a new power […]

Guest worker bill to stabilize agriculture labor market

  The U.S. Congress this week began discussing legislation that could help stabilize the labor market for U.S. agriculture. The bill would create a new designation known as H-2C aimed at providing a legal supply of workers for U.S. farms. H-2C would replace the H-2A program, which is broadly considered to be ineffective. The new […]

Failure to assist Puerto Rico could precipitate humanitarian, economic disaster

Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power and still dealing with flooded roads and disastrous conditions. Cornell University economist Steven C. Kyle, an expert in macroeconomics and government policy in the U.S. and in low-income countries, says the need for assistance is now so dire, it’s impossible to ignore. Bio: https://dyson.cornell.edu/people/steven-kyle    […]

Devastating tree fungus found in Brooklyn and four Long Island towns

Media Note: Images of leaves infected with oak wilt can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Oakwiltdisease ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua. The […]

Cornell digital ag program integrates with John Deere Operations Center

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ag-Analytics, a cloud-based application that provides digital agriculture analytics, has integrated its technology with the John Deere Operations Center, the manufacturer’s online platform. Cornell is the first university to integrate with the John Deere Operations Center; Deere is the largest farm machinery manufacturer in the world. When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they […]

Plants combine color and fragrance to procure pollinators

Media note: Photographs of plant species studied can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/FloralColorandScent. ITHACA, N.Y. – Who knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international […]

Jose on the way, East Coast residents need to prepare today

Hurricane Jose is slated to bring tropical storm conditions to the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, including heavy rain and hazardous surf, according to forecasters at the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC). Keith Tidball is the assistant director for disaster education at Cornell Cooperative Extension and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future […]

Hot days, cold nights mean fantastic fall foliage forecast in New York

Karl Niklas is a Cornell University professor of plant biology whose research focuses on the relationship between plants and the physical environment. Niklas predicts bright 2017 fall foliage in New York state based on the season’s adequate rainfall and amicable temperatures. Bio: https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/people/karl-niklas Niklas says: “Based on past experience and current information about this year’s growing conditions […]