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Yates winery opens its vineyards to students

GENEVA N.Y. (January 27, 2012) – Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) have reached an agreement in principle to establish a teaching and demonstration vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company in the Yates County town of Torrey. The 2.5 acre vineyard will serve as a site where CCE’s Finger Lakes Grape […]

Plant pathologists put the squeeze on citrus disease

With Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry threatened by a deadly bacterial disease, Rick Kress ’73 asked scientists at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva for help. Three years later, the researchers have delivered several genetically engineered orange trees that could provide a long-term solution. For more, click here.

2012 Becker Forum to Provide Fresh Ideas to Bridge the Farmer-Consumer Gap in NY

National speakers will share useful tips for farmers to engage consumers like never before Becker Forum 2012 Farming in a Non-Farmer World: Building Trust, Engaging Communities, and Finding Common Ground Monday, January 23, 2012 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY  13088 www.BeckerForum.org Liverpool, NY – Many consumers […]

Herriot, a luscious new strawberry, beats out other varieties

By Craig Cramer Strawberry lovers will soon have Herriot — a sweet treat featuring a flavor reminiscent of historic varieties and a slight pineapple overtone — to look forward to, thanks to a new variety of large, heart-shaped fruit developed by Cornell. Its high yields, vigor, disease resistance and eye appeal should also make it […]

Wasp rediscovered in upstate New York after 100 years

By Stacey Shackford   Two entomologists in search of one insect have discovered two others: a tiny wasp that hadn’t been seen in North America in nearly 100 years, and one that has never been recorded here. First found in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1915 by Cornell researchers M.D. Leonard and C.R. Crosby, the fairyfly Gonatocerus […]

Strep-resistant fire blight found in New York orchards

Cornell plant pathologists have issued a warning to New York apple and pear growers after discovering a strain of fire blight that is resistant to such traditional treatments as the antibiotic streptomycin. For 50 years, the disease has been kept at bay using the antibiotic, but streptomycin-resistant strains of the disease were recently found in […]

Willow biofuels program ignites with new funding and boiler

Prospects for meeting energy needs with a locally grown bioenergy crop are heating up on a Cornell campus. Associate professor of horticulture Larry Smart’s shrub willow bioenergy program is celebrating two milestones: a new $950,000 grant for breeding willow and installation of a boiler that will heat two buildings at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural […]