Agriculture and Food Systems

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

Research-based education is focused on improving the food system and boosting agricultural production.

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


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.

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.

November 3-5, 2015 on Cornell's Ithaca campus. Bringing together faculty, educators, and industry professionals from a variety of agricultural fields to discuss the latest developments in research and practice.

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.
Fosters the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security and healthy rural communities. Small farms-focused research and extension programs.
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.
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
Extension Associate Spotlight
Marcia Eames-Sheavly
She is the program leader for Cornell Garden-Based Learning and provides statewide leadership of a multidisciplinary garden-based learning extension program for educators.
Local Impact
Meeting the growing demand for malting barley
The Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team and the Cornell Small Grains Project received a $40,000 grant from the NY Farm Viability Institute to test for malting barley varieties that will perform under New York conditions.


Oct 7 2015
Dec 5 2015