Second Annual Integrated Pest Management Online Conference
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an integral part of the Climate Smart Farming (CSF) mission, and the CSF Program collaborates with the New York State IPM Center and Northeast IPM Center. The Northeast IPM Center recently hosted its second annual IPM Online Conference, which featured IPM updates in rapid-style 5-minute presentations in which the speakers discussed one or two highlights from their projects. The purpose of the conference was to learn about IPM-related research, education, and extension currently taking place in and around the Northeast. Presentations from the conference can be seen at the Northeast IPM Center’s website, and on their playlist Read more »

NYS IPM Conference

NYS IPM Conference
On August 15th, the entire CSF team traveled to Albany, NY for the one-day NYS IPM Climate and Weather Conference. CICSS Executive Director, Mike Hoffmann, presented on the links between climate change and our food system, and CICSS Director, Allison Chatrchyan presented on the unique Climate Smart Farming Program Decision Tools. Other organizations presenting included: the USDA NE Climate Hub, Northeast IPM Center, Cooperative Extension, the NYS Dept of Health, NYS Mesonet, and the Network for Environment and Weather Applications. Permalink

Empire Farm Days

Empire Farm Days
Each year, the Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Team participates in the annual Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY. This year’s event was from August 9th to the 11th, and was attended by farmers, extension professionals, and gardeners from New York State and beyond. The CSF Team displayed its new CSF Decision Tools on an interactive, touch-screen computer. Farmers were able to enter their farm’s location and see outputs on tools such as the GDD Calculator, Irrigation/Water Deficit Calculator, and Frost/Freeze Risk Tool, which can help them make informed, climate-smart decisions. Permalink
Climate Smart Farming Event: NYS Farmers in Their Own Words
Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibit on Thursday, May 5,  from 4:00 – 5:30 PM on the Second floor of Mann Library on Cornell’s campus.  In attendance will be: Dale Stein (Stein Farms), Paul King (Six Mile Creek Vineyards), Glenn Evans (Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station) and Allison Chatrchyan of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA).  This is a multimedia exhibit, with both photos and video footage from our new Cornell climate smart farming program: The CSF program works with Cornell researchers, extension specialists, and New York State farmers to co-develop tools that increase Read more »
Cornell Climate Change Seminar Highlights Ag Impacts
On Monday, April 11th, the Cornell University Climate Change Seminar will enter into a series of weekly talks that are particularly related to the connection between climate change and agriculture. These agriculture-related talks include: April 11th: Christine Goodale discusses “Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems” April 18th: David Wolfe speaks about “Climate Change and the Future of Food” May 2nd: Linda Mearns takes “A look at the Evolution of Determining the Impacts of Climate Change through the IPCC” The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) and the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) created this seminar series, which Read more »
CSF at the Largest Sustainable Ag Conference in the East
The Climate Smart Farming (CSF) team will be presenting at PASA’s (Pennsylvania Action for Sustainable Agriculture) 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference at the end of this week. The 2016 conference runs from February 3rd to 6th and will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. This is the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the East, and convenes over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists, and business and community leaders every year. The theme of “Farming in a Changing Climate” this year reflects the ever-increasing impact of climate change on agricultural systems, and the Read more »
Climate Smart Farming at Fruit and Veg Expo & NOFA-NY
The Climate Smart Farming Program will be at two large agricultural events in January 2016: the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo and the 2016 NOFA-NY Winter Conference. The 2016 Empire State Producers Expo runs January 19-21 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY.  It combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for the fruit and vegetable growers of this state, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. The CSF Program is organizing a session on Thursday, January 21st, on “Climate Smart Farming: New Practices and Read more »
Climate Change Focus of 2016 NYS Ag Society Forum
Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program was well represented at the 184th Annual NYS Ag Society Forum, held in Syracuse/Liverpool, NY on January 7, 2016. The NYS Agricultural Society’s Annual Forum is the largest statewide agricultural meeting bringing together all sectors of the food system to explore topics critical to the future of New York Agriculture. This year’s program theme was focused on “Climate Smart Farming: Changes & Opportunities.” On January 6th, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Reception and Panel focused on the work that Cornell is doing to “Help Farmers Respond to Climate Change.” Speakers included: Allison Chatrchyan, Director of the Institute for Read more »
Climate Smart Farming featured at COP21
Cornell University organized an exhibit of its climate change research, teaching, and outreach capacity, including a poster on the Climate Smart Farming Program, at the 21st Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP21) from November 29th to December 5th in Paris, France. Agriculture was an important issue discussed at the global conference, with many universities, country delegations, and non-governmental organizations hosting side events highlighting the importance of climate change adaptation for farmers and communities, as well as options for mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural sector. Cornell also partnered with IFPRI, IRD, and UNDP to host a side Read more »
Climate Smart Farming Program: Campus County Connections Webinar
Register here to learn more about Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program and Extension Team on November 12th, 2015 at 2:30pm. Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Extension Team gives New York farmers access to top extension specialists with the particular expertise to help manage the risks posed by increasing extreme weather, climate variability and long-term change. Working in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension and climate change and agriculture specialists at Cornell, the team draws on the latest science to answer growers’ questions about changes they can make to their management practices that will help increase resiliency and farm sustainability. This webinar will explore the Read more »
North Country Farmers are Already Adapting to Climate Change
By David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio Listen to this Story Agriculture is one of the major causes of climate change. Soil erosion, methane from livestock, and exhaust from tractors are major sources of greenhouse gases. Last week, Governor Cuomo announced a $1.4 million grant program to help farmers in New York reduce their greenhouse emissions. Farmers can apply for projects to help them better manage water, soil, and waste. Allison Chatrchyan, director of the Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture at Cornell University, said programs like these are critical to help farmers conerve more energy through by installing solar panels Read more »