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Head of Ag and Markets hailed as Friend of Extension

Richard Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets commissioner, was presented the Friend of Extension Award by Cornell Cooperative Extension at a ceremony Sept. 26 at Cornell’s Statler Hotel.

Agronomist Thomas W. Scott dies at 89

Thomas W. Scott, an emeritus professor of agronomy who specialized in soil fertility, died Aug. 22 in Ithaca. He was 89.

CCE podcast helps navigate industrial hemp issues

Larry Smart, professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, recently joined Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast series to discuss industrial hemp production in New York state.

LEAD New York founder James Preston ’50 dies

James Clarence Preston ’50, Ed.D. ’68, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension agent and a professor of rural sociology from 1968 to 1988, died Sept. 2. He was 92.

Six A.D. White Professors-at-Large elected

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, best-selling authors and a leader in global sustainable agriculture are among six newly elected Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large at Cornell.

Dairy startup gets NSF program funding, accelerator backing

A team of students who brainstormed their business idea – DairyX, a cloud-based dairy cow monitoring system – during the Digital Ag Hackathon has received NSF program funding and a spot in a New York City incubator.


Discovery could mitigate fertilizer pollution in waterways

A discovery by Boyce Thompson Institute scientists could help farmers improve phosphate capture, potentially reducing the environmental harm associated with fertilization.

Deployment of plant genes critical to safeguarding wheat

To safeguard the world’s wheat crops, disease-resistance genes must be deployed in an informed way, according to Maricelis Acevedo, adjunct professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

CALS strengthens NYC connections with new grant projects

Three collaborative New York City-based projects, designed to inspire cross-campus research partnerships, have been awarded grant funding totaling approximately $500,000 from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.