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Pages from periodiCALS: Success stories from the Food Venture Center

Got an idea for a new niche food product but need help perfecting its formulation or navigating rigorous food safety regulations? No fear, Cornell’s Food Venture Center is here — well, in Geneva, N.Y. Since 2000, the center has helped 2,100 entrepreneurs in the commercialization of 7,800 food products, contributing to the creation of an […]

Pages from periodiCALS: Silence is golden for Jacob Reisch ’14

When Jacob Reisch ’14 transferred to the Dyson School a year ago, he wasn’t really sure what he wanted to study. But a summer spent working for AeroFarms, a Marathon, N.Y.-based company commercializing aeroponic agriculture for urban applications, sparked his entrepreneurial spirit and led him to Professor Deborah Streeter, who helped turn his business dreams […]

Ceremony celebrates progress on state-funded projects at The Technology Farm and NYSAES

An event on Thursday Oct. 24 celebrated the groundbreaking for the Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Viticulture Center and progress on the new greenhouses at NYSAES. Director Tom Burr led off the program, which included state Senator Mike Nozzolio, FLCC President Barbara Risser, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Empire State Development Finger Lakes Regional Director […]

Fall issue of periodiCALS released: Return on Investment

Engaging with stakeholders and communities is as much a part of who we are at CALS as the research we conduct and the education we provide. CALS means business, and by equipping students and community members with the skills they need to lead and succeed, the college is making a lifetime investment for New York. […]

Small changes can reduce produce contamination

Cornell researchers, including the Station’s Randy Worobo and Betsy Bihn, have identified some agricultural management practices that can boost or reduce the risk of contamination in produce from two major foodborne pathogens. For example, applying manure within a year of harvesting produce boosts the odds of contaminating a field with salmonella, the biggest single killer […]

State Legislative and Agency Staff Visit NYSAES

  A group of legislative and agency staff who regularly interact with agricultural research and economic development issues recently visited the Station for a half day of tours and dialog with faculty and extension associates. From research on the tenacious Phytophthora rots to samples of apples still in the breeding program’s pipeline, the group heard […]

Jordan Hall Staff Room: Renovated and Ready for Business

Looking for a place to hold a meeting on campus? Take a look at the newly renovated Jordan Hall Staff Room. The room has an updated look—including fresh paint and artwork on the walls—and the kitchen area boasts new appliances, counters and a sink to facilitate on-site food preparation. The transformation effort was led by […]

Senator Michael Nozzolio Visits NYSAES

State Senator Mike Nozzolio visited the Experiment Station on October 15 to tour the construction site for the new Barton greenhouses, visit the Food Venture Center, and lead a town hall meeting with Station staff and faculty. At the meeting, Nozzolio presented NYSAES Director Tom Burr with an oversized check for $4.7M for the Barton […]

Groundbreaking for New Greenhouses, Oct. 24

In the News: Grant will fund four NYSAES Projects

The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station conducts year-round research to support local growers in their efforts to create sustainable crops and prevent pathogens from intervening in their production. Of almost $1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture money recently earmarked to support New York state’s agricultural sector, more than $300,000 will benefit four NYSAES […]

How to pick the perfect pumpkin

Look for fruit that are uniform in color, but even a fruit that is 50 percent orange will ripen completely in 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the temperature. More important than color is the hardness of the rind. Make sure the fruit is firm and cannot be pierced easily with your thumbnail. — Steve […]

New micro water sensor can aid growers

By Krishna Ramanujan Crop growers, wine grape and other fruit growers, food processors and even concrete makers all benefit from water sensors for accurate, steady and numerous moisture readings. But current sensors are large, may cost thousands of dollars and often must be read manually. Now, Cornell researchers have developed a microfluidic water sensor within […]