Margaret Ball

Graduated alumna
mgb225@cornell.edu

Education
M.S. Soil and Crop Science, Cornell University, 2016
B.A. Anthropology, University of Rochester, 2011. Magna Cum Laude.

Thesis
Above and belowground drivers of weed-soybean competition in a long-term organic cropping systems experiment

Current position
Margaret now works at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County as Agriculture Development Specialist. This means helping farmers find information and resources, organizing workshops, making many connections in the community, and generally being a smiling face for agriculture in Tioga County. No two days are the same!

Research Interests with the Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab
For Margaret’s master’s work, her research addressed soil quality effects on weed competition and long-term soil quality changes in response to organic management. She studied cropping systems from multiple angles, aiming to assist Central NY’s transition toward agriculture that strengthens environmental health, food security, and the local economy. She was especially interested in enhancing connections between researchers, extension educators, and innovative farmers in this region.

Affiliations
Northeast Weed Science Society
Agronomy Society of America
Crop Science Society of America
Soil Science Society of America
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Tillers International

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