Choose local, preserve and re-plant: Your guide to the perfect Christmas tree

As the search for the perfect Christmas tree begins, three Cornell University experts who work closely with New York Christmas tree producers offer advice for picking, preserving and eventually re-planting the perfect tree. In addition, New York state agriculture commissioner Richard A. Ball is encouraging families buy trees locally and support tree growers across the […]

Food, family, forecast: Countdown to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Cornell University experts offer advice for a safe and stress-free holiday, including directions on how to safely cook your turkey, get along with (and perhaps even learn from) your family and what to expect weather-wise. — Proper planning and attention to detail are important for the preparation of a safe […]

Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Insectapalooza swarms campus Oct. 28

WHAT:          Insectapalooza 2017 to feature ‘Sounds of Insects’ showcase, live Anthropod Zoo, butterfly room, pollinator exhibit, cockroach races and hands-on learning activities WHEN:          Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE:        Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca VISUALS:     To view and download images from previous Insectapalooza events, visit https://cornell.box.com/v/insectphotos. MEDIA:         The event is free and open […]

Despite devastation from forest fires, ecosystems rise from the ashes

The California wildfires have left a trail of devastation in their wake, killing dozens of people and burning hundreds of acres across the state. Amanda Rodewald, an expert in wildlife ecology and conservation biology at Cornell University, says that ­­– as efforts continue to extinguish new fires and clean-up the environment – we must remember […]

Halloween enthusiasts are in for optimal pumpkin season

Steve Reiners, professor of horticulture at Cornell University and a New York State vegetable industry expert, says the pumpkin crop this season is optimal due to the dry, warm weather throughout September. He also shares advice on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/stephen-reiners Reiners says: “When it comes to growing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]