Western New York Nutrient Management, Field Crops Applied Research, Extension Internship

Worksite Location
Work will be conducted primarily in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, & Niagara Counties. Travel to Seneca, Wayne, and Yates Counties will be required occasionally. Ideally the intern would reside west of Rochester as the Extension educator
Faculty Sponsor
Quirine M. Ketterings, Associate Professor Department of Animal Science
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Bill Verbeten, Regional Field Crops Specialist NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team Cornell Cooperative Extension
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program is collaborating with Bill Verbeten and the NWNY Dairy, Livestock, & Field Crops Team to conduct applied research and Extension programming that will benefit field crop and dairy producers in the 10 county Northwest region of New York. The intern will assist with projects on use of winter cereals as double crops in corn rotations (harvested for forage), with a sulfur and potassium status survey of alfalfa (soil, tissue and yield sampling) as well as with sampling of fields from a farm in Wyoming County to evaluate impact of field management on soil biological buffering capacity. Assisting with many other on-farm research projects and surveys (plant disease sampling, insect scouting/trapping, fungicide evaluation on forages, malting barley, variety trials, etc.) will also be part of the intern's responsibilities. Additionally the intern will visit farmer fields throughout the 10 county region and gather input for the weekly Crop Alert bulletins authored by the Extension educator. The intern will have the opportunity to write an agronomy factsheet, and participate in other extension events, ranging from attending twilight meetings and Tactical Agriculture Team (TAg) meetings for producers, interactions with local crop consulting firms, work with the dairy, livestock and farm business counterparts in the NWNY Dairy, Livestock, & Field Crops Team, etc. The intern will also assist in social media (Facebook, YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter, etc.) Extension activities. The internship provides an outstanding opportunity for an agriculturalist-in-training to shadow leading extension professionals as they interact with producers, agribusiness, research specialists and the general public.

Roles and Responsibilities

Intern must have a valid New York State Drivers License. A Cornell University Fleet Vehicle will be provided to the intern for project activities and travel to and from their domicile. Intern will be responsible for her/his own housing within the NWNY region.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
A strong interest in production agriculture is essential. Coursework and/or practical experience in field crop production, soil science, and pest/disease management are preferred. A willingness to work hard, learn quickly, and professionally interact with farmers and other members of the agricultural community are essential for success in this position.

Benefits and Skills

The intern should be able to endure rigorous physical labor (including lifting of seed bags) under adverse weather conditions encountered in the field. A significant amount of driving is required to cover the 10 county region, but overnight travel is not expected of the intern. Work schedule sometimes requires early mornings, late nights, and the occasional day on the weekend or holiday.