Perdue must be voice of reason in Trump cabinet

David Wolfe, professor of horticulture, climate change expert and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says while Sonny Perdue has the pedigree appropriate with the position of Secretary of Agriculture, the confirmation hearings must provide clarity on how influential he will be in providing a well-balanced, science-based viewpoint to the Trump […]

Fight against devastating potato pest gets funding boost

WHAT:          Senator O’Mara to announce $1.2 million for the nation’s only quarantine research facility for potato pest Golden Nematode WHEN:          Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE:        170 Kenneth Post Laboratory, Cornell University MEDIA:         Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 or […]

Cornell joins call for increased federal investment in agricultural research

ITHACA, N.Y. – Thirteen prominent research institutions in the United States joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. Retaking the Field, the report released by this coalition, highlights recent scientific innovations and illustrates how U.S. agricultural production is losing ground […]

Dial up food safety information with free app

Media note: Images of the app can be downloaded at, ITHACA, N.Y. – For those who have wondered if Tuesday’s leftovers are still good, whether a chicken breast has been cooked to the correct temperature or how to keep food safe during a power outage, now there’s an app for that. Developed by Cornell University, the […]

Project aims to grow local farms, shrink childhood obesity

Cornell University nutritional scientists, supported by a grant announced March 26 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plan to test a recipe to lower childhood obesity while boosting the bottom line for farmers. The multistate project, funded at $1 million this year and expected to total $5 million over five years, seeks to increase access […]

Cornell farmer programs aid veterans, receives USDA grant

A well-established agricultural outreach effort run by Cornell University is taking on a new mission designed in part to help returning veterans find futures in farming, thanks to a grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, part of the Cornell Small Farms Program, was awarded $712,500 through the […]

USDA designates Cornell as obesity prevention hub

A new federally funded Cornell center will study how simple changes to schools, communities and workplaces could help people live healthier and boost the success of long-running nutrition education programs for low-income families. The Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence, based in Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and funded by a […]

Boor joins board of food, agriculture research foundation

ITHACA, N.Y. – Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of food science, has been appointed to a five-year term on the inaugural board of directors of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an independent nonprofit corporation created under the 2014 […]

Banking on bovine stem cells to preserve genetic diversity

ITHACA, N.Y. – Plant breeders hunting for genes to combat new diseases or adapt to changes in climate can plumb the vast diversity of crops and their wild relatives using envelopes of seed banked in cold storage, but cattle breeders are limited to herds here and now. A new $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant […]

Snipping away at SNAP

As families brace for cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) two Cornell experts offer unique perspective on how the changes could affect families and local communities.   Jamie Dollahite, professor at Cornell University, is an expert in nutrition education for limited resource audiences, Director of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program for […]