Project Coordinators

David W. Wolfe

David W. Wolfe

Professor, Co-PI New York Soil Health

Phone: (607) 255-7888
Email: dww5@cornell.edu

David Wolfe is Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology in the School of Integrative Plant Science (Horticulture Section) at Cornell University. Primary research interests and expertise include: soil and water conservation and management; plant stress physiology; and new tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation for managed and natural ecosystems.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Asst. Professor, Co-PI New York Soil Health

Phone: 607-255-4964
Email: mrr232@cornell.edu
Website

Matthew Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Cropping Systems in the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences at Cornell University. He works with farmers, students, and other scientists to evaluate cropping system performance in terms of crop yield, profitability, environmental impact, and resilience.

Harold van Es

Harold van Es

Professor, Co-PI New York Soil Health

Phone: 607-255-5629
Email: hmv1@cornell.edu

Harold van Es is a Professor of Soil and Water Management with extension, research and teaching duties. He works on approaches to precision soil management, with a current emphasis on a holistic soil health management framework. Harold leads research in several long-term (20+ years) tillage experiments to evaluate the long-term impact of tillage practices and cover crops on soil health and water quality (among other research projects).

Joseph Amsili

Joseph Amsili

Extension Associate

Phone: 607-269-5046
Email: jpa28@cornell.edu

Joseph Amsili is a soil health program coordinator with the Cornell Soil Health Team and New York Soil Health Initiative. He works to coordinate and support soil health extension activities across New York State, including the Soil Health Center at Empire Farm Days and the NY Soil Health Specialist Training in collaboration with American Farmland Trust. Joseph is currently working on a report to characterize New York soil health by soil texture and commodity.

Bob Schindelbeck

Bob Schindelbeck

Director of the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory

Phone: 607-227-6055
Email: rrs3@cornell.edu

Bob Schindelbeck oversees the operations and the development of new analytic offerings at the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory. He has been part of the Cornell Soil Health Team’s development of soil management strategies to address laboratory-measured soil constraints since 2003. Bob delivers extension presentations across the state on comprehensive soil health testing and on soil health management planning. He also conducts research on changes in soil physical and biological properties in long-term tillage experiments.

Kitty Gifford

Kitty Gifford

Communications Specialist

Phone: 607-592-3062
Email: kmg277@cornell.edu

Kitty Gifford is providing communications support for the New York Soil Health Project. She strategizes and executes a wide range of creative work to advance the initiative’s mission to facilitate farmer adoption of soil health practices.

New York Soil Health Collaborators

Cornell faculty and staff, including:

  • Cornell Soil Health Assessment Lab
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension

Government Agencies

  • NYS Ag&Mkts
  • USDA – NCRS
  • NYS Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation

Growers

Non-profits

  • New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI)
  • American Farmland Trust
  • NE Organic Farmers Association — New York (NOFA-NY)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • New York Farm Bureau

Ag & Supply Chain Businesses

  • Ag Consulting Services (ACS)
  • Dairy One
  • WNY Crop Consultants
  • AgriSeeds
  • Kreher’s Poultry Fertilizer and Compost

New York Soil Health is supported through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund administered through the Department of New York Agriculture and Markets.

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