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The Climate Smart Farming program is a voluntary initiative that helps farmers in New York and the Northeastern US to:

  • Increase agricultural productivity and farming incomes sustainably
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production through adoption of best management practices, and increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy
  • Increase farm resiliency to extreme weather and climate variability through adoption of best management practices for climate change adaptation

Research and Extension Specialists can help farmers to:

  • Identify on-farm vulnerabilities to extreme weather and variability; inventory energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the farm; set goals and plan for adaptation and mitigation changes
  • Increase on-farm adaptation through best management practices, including cropping systems, IPM, land-use planning, and water resource management
  • Upgrade infrastructure, such as cooling, irrigation, drainage, and waste management systems for increased resiliency
  • Increase farm energy efficiency and install renewable energy systems on the farm, which can contribute to cost savings
  • Adopt best management practices to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon through Cornell-recommended practices (e.g. soil health, cover crops, low-till practices)
  • Improve on-farm recycling, solid waste disposal, nutrient management practices
  • Utilize new climate smart agricultural decision support tools with Cornell University
  • Support local food and climate smart initiatives in the surrounding community
  • Inform and inspire other farmers to be leaders and innovators through peer-to-peer information exchange and recognition

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