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Nate Leonard, left, and Lois Levitan have helped New York farmers recycle more than 1 million pounds of plastic since 2011. (Jason Koski/University Photo)

RAPP’s Nate Leonard, left, and Lois Levitan have helped New York farmers recycle more than 1 million pounds of plastic since 2011. (Jason Koski/University Photo)

Recycling farm plastics gains momentum [Cornell Chronicle 2013-05-30] – Cornell’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP) is helping to develop an efficient recycling infrastructure to help agricultural plastics get to post-recycling markets. Farmers throughout New York can bale the plastic and distribute plastic to new post-recycling markets through RAPP, which has collected more than 1 million pounds since May 2011.

Workshops spread the science of selling wine [Cornell Chronicle 2013-05-30] – In a series of workshops, the Cornell Enology Extension team offered to nearly 200 winery tasting room staff a crash course in viticulture, the mechanics of winemaking, the answers to common consumer questions, as well as the latest research on wine consumer behavior.

Battling a blight on New York’s apples [CALS Notes 2013-05-30] – Since the discovery in late 2011 of streptomycin-resistant strains of Fire Blight bacteria in several locations around the state, researchers from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) have worked to develop new orchard management guidelines to help growers control outbreaks among existing trees and prevent them in new plantings.

Berry, berry tough [Glens Falls Post-Star 2013-05-23] – Interested in growing your own fruit? Laura McDermott, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s berry specialist for the commercial horticulture program of Eastern New York, suggests that New York gardeners start small by growing berries.

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