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Latest Drought Newsletter from the Emergent Climate Risk Lab
Read the second Drought Newsletter from Cornell’s Emergent Climate Risk Lab (ECRL) headed up by Dr. Toby R. Ault.  This is the second issue in this newsletter series and highlights include an overview of current drought conditions in the Northeastern United States, predicted changes in drought conditions and an introduction to the CICSS and ECRL newly launched drought visualization tool. Permalink
Case Study of Cornell
Together with the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program created a case study highlighting the resources, training and decision support tools for farmers in the Northeastern United States.  The present case study explores a new research and extension outreach program that is providing these support tools for farmers in the NE USA.  The program is built on trusted two-way feedback between researchers, extension staff and farmers. Permalink
Fresh Market Vegetable Field Day - Batavia, NY
On June 26th, our Director Allison Chatrchyan and Research Assistant Jake Pero went to Batavia, NY for Extension Specialist Darcy Telenko’s fresh market vegetable field day event.  On top of learning about new strategies for weed management, farmers heard about resources for climate mitigation and adaptation available through CSF.  Our team set up a table to teach farmers about climate smart practices, and Allison spoke to inform attendees about our Climate Smart Farming Decision Tools.  Thanks to our Cornell Cooperative Extension offices across the state, we can share information and strategies that keep farmers profitable, resilient, and sustainable in a shifting climate.
Ag Decision Tools Webinar: CSF and NEWA
Cornell CSF and the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) led a joint webinar hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub on Thursday, May 4th to educate extension professionals, government employees, and other stakeholders on their agricultural decision tools for the Northeast. View this informative webinar at the Conservation Webinar Portal. Permalink
The 2016 Drought: An In-Depth Survey
Drs. Shannan Sweet and David Wolfe conducted a New York State Drought Survey in 2016 in order to determine the impacts of the drought on farmers in New York. The survey aimed to elucidate impacts by commodity and also based on whether farmers irrigated or not. Read about this survey, the results, and the recommendations based on this research in the third edition of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) Research and Policy Brief Series, entitled “Anatomy of a Rare Drought: Insights from New York Farmers” on the CICSS Publications page. Permalink
Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Features Cornell CSF Program
The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program was featured in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture’s (GACSA) February Newsletter HERE. CICSS Director, and spearheader of the Cornell CSF Program, Allison Chatrchyan, is very involved with GACSA, participating in their annual meetings each year, and developing case studies of climate smart agriculture from the Northeast to contribute to their worldwide assessments. Permalink
CICSS Directors Interviewed by Climate Central
With transitions in government leadership in the new presidential administration, websites such as Climate Central are working to get perspectives on how this will impact agencies such as the USDA and work they are doing in the climate change and agricultural sphere. Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Directors Mike Hoffmann and Allison Chatrchyan were recently interviewed by Climate Central, and their perspectives on the direction of these organizations can be found in the following article. Permalink
Climate Smart Farming Online Course
As part of the Cornell Small Farms Program, Beginning Farmers Project, the CSF Program (within the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions) will be offering a course entitled BF 107: “Climate Smart Farming, Being Prepared can Keep You in Business” from Jan 17th to Feb 21st in 2017. The course will equip farmers with the knowledge to understand their risk to climate change and extreme weather, empowering them to implement measures that not only respond to climate change, but also maintain their bottom line by promoting sustainability, preparedness, and best management practices. Register HERE! For more information on the Beginning Farmers Project and online courses, Read more »
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: climatesmartfarming.org The CSF program works with Cornell researchers, extension specialists, and New York State farmers to co-develop tools that increase Read more »