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$1 million will enable study of raising cows on organic dairy farms

Do dairy cows raised on organic farms produce different amounts of milk or suffer from less disease? A $1 million grant from the USDA will study 300 dairy farms - of which 200 meet organic standards. (May 11, 2009)

Alfalfa snout beetle, an expensive pest on N.Y. farms, is now under attack itself

Cornell researchers are spending time in the fields this spring collecting 20,000 alfalfa snout beetles. They need them to test ways to biologically control the pests, which devour alfalfa and other crops.

CU-developed apple varieties tested at 30 N.Y. orchards

Thirty apple orchard owners around New York state are growing new apple varieties developed at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva to test whether the apples should be commercialized. (April 30, 2009)

Cornell's vital agriculture and veterinary roles stressed by N.Y.'s new senator during campus visit

In her first visit to Cornell as New York's junior U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand pledged to advocate for the university's agriculture and veterinary programs as a way of revitalizing New York state's economy. (April 8, 2009)

World food crisis is as much about ethics and prices as availability, say experts

The world food crisis may not be new, said food-policy experts speaking on campus April 3, but it is certainly growing increasingly complex in terms of water, climate, energy and cost, to name just a few factors. (April 8, 2009)

In new briefings series, professors present science to D.C. policymakers

Two professors addressed agriculture and climate change in Washington, D.C., March 27, to launch a new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences series of educational briefings for policymakers.

New biofuel lab focuses on turning bales into barrels

Cornell just opened its new $6 million Biofuels Research Laboratory, where Cornell scientists and students from across the university are examining sustainable and economical biofuel production. (April 1, 2009)

New method applies pesticides in nanofibers to keep chemicals on target

To prevent pesticides from drifting away and potentially posing risks to the environment, Cornell researchers have devised a solution: Apply the pesticides by encapsulating them in biodegradable nanofibers. (March 26, 2009)

New free online videos help mentor new farmers

The New York Beginning Farmer Project has just released a series of 12 online videos, 'Voices of Experience,' that are intended to mentor new farmers with advice from experienced farmers. (March 16, 2009)