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 […]

Climate scientists study the odds of a U.S. megadrought

ITHACA, N.Y. – To help untangle fact from speculation, Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwestern United States. The research was published online in the Journal of Climate. […]

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 […]

NAFTA negotiations may hinge on dairy dispute

Dairy supply management has emerged as a singular turning point in negotiations over NAFTA. The issue is a complicated one, fueled by strong feelings on both sides of the border, and may ultimately end up sundering NAFTA altogether says Andrew Novakovic, an expert in dairy markets and professor of agricultural economics at the Charles H. […]

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 […]

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame. Because of its topographic complexity, the new atlas delivers critical […]

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 […]