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New pest-fighting, yield-boosting alfalfa varieties ready to help farmers

Mar 12, 2015
Dairy and other livestock farmers in the northern U.S. have three new alfalfa options this growing season – all pioneered by Cornell researchers as a way to combat devastating pests, increase yields and improve forage quality. Developed by Donald Viands, a professor of plant breeding and genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science, along with senior research associate Julie Hansen, Ph.D. ’89, and research support specialist Jamie Crawford ’01, these new varieties were grown in Cornell greenhouses and tested for resistance in farm fields across the state. Read more
Michael Mazourek

Economics of agriculture can blossom in one's backyard

Mar 5, 2015
It's that time of year when mailboxes welcome seed catalogues and home gardeners delight in planning for the coming harvests, closely inspecting the descriptions of each new variety for their benefits and projected bounty. Read Michael Mazourek's commentary in the Read more

NY Times loved our squash

Jan 12, 2015
Restaurant Review: Blue Hill in Greenwich Village -
Dan Barber’s long search for flavor at his farm is evident downtown, where each new ingredient might be the best example of its kind you’ve tasted. Read more

Symposium sows seeds of sustainable communities

Sep 3, 2014
The third annual Student Organic Seed Symposium, held at Cornell Aug. 17-21, drew several dozen students and professors, nonprofit representatives and seed company officials to the Finger Lakes region for a week of tours, lectures and networking. Read more

New school positions plant and soil science for the future

Jun 6, 2014
Five departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – have been consolidated into the School of Integrative Plant Science. Read more