Agriculture and Food Systems

Cornell Cooperative Extension links the research and extension efforts at Cornell University, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cornell AgriTech, providing the knowledge to maximize New York State’s agricultural and natural resources.

 CCE's regional agriculture teams provide research-based information, programs, and technical assistance to dairy, field crops, vegetable, tree fruit and grape producers all around the state.

Visit or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for information on specific programs in your county or region.


Programs help farmers get expert assistance to facilitate all phases of small farm business development, from initial growth to optimization to maturity.

PRO-DAIRY, a NYS dairy industry educational program, enables farm families and other agricultural professionals to realize their values and strive to achieve their professional and personal goals.

Provides educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities.

Regional agriculture teams provide research-based information, programs and technical assistance to dairy, field crops, vegetable, tree fruit, and grape producers all around New York State.
Bringing together faculty, educators, and industry professionals from a variety of agricultural fields to discuss the latest developments in research and practice.
Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development helps farms and agribusinesses build committed and effective teams who will carry out the important work of feeding the world by providing leadership and management development education, clarifying workforce regulations, building consistant channels of communication and learning opportunities, and conducting research into problems and challenges. 
Harvest New York is a project in Western New York, begun in 2012, which expands and enhances existing agriculture extension programs with the addition of three new areas of expertise.
The New York State IPM develops sustainable ways to manage pests on farms, in the workplace, in schools, at home and in the community through research, demonstrations, education, and outreach.

Program Area Lead

Tom Overton
Associate Director, Agriculture & Life Sciences
Headshot of Chuck Bornt
Chuck Bornt
Vegetable specialist and team leader for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture program with interest in reduced tillage, production systems, pest ID and control