Program Work Teams

PWT's are groups of faculty and staff, extension educators, and external stakeholders who collaborate to identify issues, study needs, and create educational materials.  Team members design learning experiences that address issues and needs within specific content areas.

4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Recent Activity: Sponsored activities for 4-H, 4-H STEM Professional learning materials, Summer Reading Program, National Science Day kits, and a STEM learning experience

Co-Chair(s): Freer, Kandis; Hoskins, Susan; Maille, Alexa
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Agricultural Marketing and Community Development

Recent Activity: Intensive 2 day training at Cornell University focused on a detailed investigation of existing agricultural data sources

Co-Chair(s): Biasillo, Laura; Schmit, Todd
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All-Hazard Preparedness & Response Education Prog
  • Safeguarding agriculture in the event of weather, biological or chemical incidents.
  • Prepare citizens for personal wellness and resilience in the face of increasing frequency, intensity, and severity of weather events.
  • Provide evidence-based resources to assist communities with all-hazard preparedness and response.

Co-Chair(s): Holleran, Jennifer; Tidball, Keith

CCE Veterans & Military Families

Increase community capacity to support military families, increase workforce development opportunities, and expand family, childcare and youth development programs.

Co-Chair(s): Haines, Deena; Moore, Catherine; Tidball, Keith

Citizenship & Civic Engagement PWT

Recent Activity: Host a conference; Building Sustainable Communities through Youth/Adult Partnerships Conference

Co-Chair(s): Mead, June; Simon, Jamila
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Climate Change

The Cornell Climate Change PWT was formed in 2010 and includes Cornell faculty, staff, and Extension educators from around New York State. The PWT provides a mechanism through which faculty and Extension educators connect with stakeholders to identify the needs surrounding climate change impacts and opportunities, develop educational materials and decision tools, and provide training opportunities and engagement around climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Co-Chair(s): Bauder, Ave; Chatrchyan, Allison
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Community and Energy

Educate regarding local and community roles and choices in energy consumption, conservation, production and distribution in NYS.

Co-Chair(s): Kay, David; Metz, Guillermo
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Community-Based Biodiversity and Habitat Conservat

Co-Chair(s): Sullivan, Kristi; Wyman, Marilyn

Digital Agriculture

The multi-discipline arena of Digital Ag is quickly growing to include sensor technology, spatial and temporal data processing, information visualization, infield variable-rate technology, and social and economic analysis. There is a statewide need to address both the state of the technology for solving current issues in agriculture as well as exploring new and integrated technologies for future solutions.

Co-Chair(s): Bates, Terry; Meyers, James

Family Economics and Resource Management

FERM is a statewide effort by Cornell Cooperative Extension to help individuals and families to adopt management behaviors which lead to more secure financial situations and affordable use of resources through education and practice.

Recent Activity: Inservice, newsletter publication, meeting in Ithaca

Co-Chair(s): Henza, Barbara; Hirschl, Thomas; Mayhew, Theresa
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Farm to School

The Farm to School PWT plans to create better cohesion of farm to school programming across NYS for more efficient/effective farm to school program delivery. As part of a PWT, farm to school coordinators can greatly augment their efforts through resource sharing, thus strengthening the overall farm to school program in NYS.

Co-Chair(s): Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Heidi Marie ; Stone, Violet; Thayer, Cheryl; Tidball, Moira


To serve as a forum for Cornell faculty and technical staff, CCE Educators and Specialists, and industry representatives and consultants, to confer on matters related to the New York tree fruit and berry industry, including production matters, business management, pest management, and other issues related to NY's fruit industry.

Co-Chair(s): Agnello, Arthur; Eve, Jim
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Greenhouse Horticulture

The Greenhouse Horticulture PWT provides Cornell extension programming that addresses critical issues to producers of greenhouse bedding plants, flower crops and greenhouse vegetable crops across New York. There are 615 wholesale floriculture producers in NYS producing $171 million a year in wholesale value. These operations support more than 7,000 employees. 

Co-Chair(s): Lamb, Elizabeth; Mattson, Neil
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Hard Cider

Outreach: support Cornell related outreach efforts related to hard cider across the entire supply chain from apple nurseries to orchards to cider producers to marketing.

Co-Chair(s): Gerling, Chris; Kahlke, Craig; Pashow, Lindsey; Peck, Gregory; Smith, Jenn
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Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities

This research-Extension-community partnership aims to assess and address challenges of garden soil contamination through research and education focused on best practices.

Co-Chair(s): Bachman, Sharon; Shayler, Hannah
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Integrated Field Crop, Soil, and Pest Management

To assess the needs of stakeholders, prioritize opportunities, and to promote and facilitate applied research and extension programs on integrated field crop, soil, and pest management that increases the productivity and profitability of New York agriculture and related industries while protecting the environment for the benefit of all citizens of New York.

Recent Research & Outreach: statewide planning and applied research priorities, and sponsored activities

Co-Chair(s): Cox, William; Thomas-Murphy, Jenn
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Integrated Nutrient Management
Integrated Pest Management

The need for pest management is universal, as are its risks. We help address pest management needs on the farm, at work or in schools, in homes, or in the community.

Research, demonstrations, education, and outreach are part of a comprehensive plan to make IPM the safe, effective pest management solution for all New Yorkers. We look for solutions that help protect the health,  economic well-being, and environment of New York State.

Co-Chair(s): Grant, Jennifer; Lamb, Elizabeth
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Invasive Species

Exchange information about invasive species programs and grants; build connections between CCE county associations and campus faculty.

Recent Activity: hosted an on-campus meeting between educators and Cornell faculty

Co-Chair(s): Barrett, Spencer; Marschner, Caroline
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Managing Wastes: Composting and Land Application

The Managing Wastes PWT provides a mechanism through which faculty and extension educators connect with stakeholders in identifying issues, studying needs, creating education materials, and designing learning experiences that address solid waste issues and needs.


Recent Activity: Held a PWT meeting with tours, demonstrations, and networking with professional.

Co-Chair(s): Bonhotal, Jean; Petzen, Joan
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The Opioids PWT gives CCE a role in the Opioid Crisis, in hopes to develop a plan that will be executed by CCE Associations to address their role.

Co-Chair(s): Buono, Jared; Hughes, Adam

Organic Production and Marketing Program Work Team

To support organic producers in New York by developing and strengthening relationships among Cornell researchers, students, and extension staff and stakeholders including producers, consultants, input suppliers, and NGOs.

Recent Outreach: full-day Organic Research Symposium to showcase research projects 

Co-Chair(s): Benson, Faye; Brown, Kate; Leonard, Betsy; Peck, Greg; Ryan, Matthew; Seaman, Abby; Stewart, Crystal

Parenting Education

The purpose of the Parenting Education Program Work Team (PWT) is to foster communication among Cornell Cooperative Extension parenting educators as well as provide support and resources to educators throughout New York State. 

Recent Activity: Host a training for PWT members on how to incorporate the two-generational (2Gen) approach to supporting parents and children

Co-Chair(s): Chapman, Julia; Steinkraus, Anna
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Poverty and Economic Hardship

Committee had an active year in several counties: Tompkins, Hamilton, Genesee, and Chemung. The committee met monthly by conference call and discussed its work in each of these areas. In addition, a proposal for funding was submitted to the Emerson Foundation (not successful).

Co-Chair(s): Fagan, Andrew; Hirschl, Thomas
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Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program

To assist farmers in recycling agricultural plastics and keeping the waste out of the landfills and into new products.  This also keeps farms cleaner and more pleasing to the public.

Recent Research & Outreach: Developed collection strategies, market reviews, and educated on recycling agriculture plastics in the Hudson Valley and Western NY.

Co-Chair(s): Bonhotal, Jean; Kiraly, Mariane

Risk and Thriving in Adolescence

Recent Activity: Collaborated with Cornell to develop web-based program resources 

Co-Chair(s): Dotterweich, Jutta; Williams, Rachel
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Small Farms

The purpose of the Cornell Small Farms Program Work Team is to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. We do this by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering collaboration in support of small farms.

Recent Outreach: production of 5 short instructional videos for the website

Co-Chair(s): LeRoux, Matt; Rangarajan, Anusuya; Stone, Violet
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Small Fruit

This PWT was formed in 2014 to coordinate research and extension efforts to existing production concerns, new production technologies, and emerging disease and pest concerns of NY and New England States. Focus areas include, but not limited to: small fruit weed management, pesticide education, covered production systems, season extension, specialty markets, and management of invasive pests and diseases

Co-Chair(s): Cox, Kerik; McDermott, Laura

Soil Health - Vegetable Production Systems

Co-Chair(s): Abawi, George

Sustainable Landscapes - Horticulture

Coordinate the Cornell Cooperative Extension's county network of commercial and community horticulture educators and Master Gardener Volunteers to connect with New York State green Industry professionals, 7 million gardening households and children and youth serving agencies to build economic vitality and advance environmental and scientific literacy while promoting human well-being and opportunities for successful gardening experiences.


Co-Chair(s): Stengle, Jennifer

Vegetable Crops

Recent Outreach: offset staff travel costs for a professional development tour of farms and research in the Riverhead, Long Island, NY area in September of 2018

Co-Chair(s): Rusinek, Teresa; Zuefle, Marion
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Viticulture and Enology

The Viticulture and Enology (VIEN) Program Work Team exists to support profitable production of grapes, wine and grape products in New York State.

The group is diverse, encompassing 20 Cornell faculty research and extension programs, 4 associated USDA-ARS research scientists, and 10 Extension Educators representing four regional grape programs.  Industry input is channeled through program advisory committees for the respective extension programs.


Co-Chair(s): Gerling, Christopher; Martinson, Timothy
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Watershed-Based Management of Water Resources

The Water PWT works to increase interdisciplinary collaborations on current issues related to enhancement and protection of water resources.

Co-Chair(s): Buono, Jared; Rahm, Brian
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Youth Healthy Eating and Active Living

Recent Activity: funds to complete the development and launch new program, NYS 4-H Jr. Iron Chef.

Co-Chair(s): Gannon, Nigel; Root, Amanda; Tripp, Linda
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Youth, Nature & the Outdoor Environment (YNOE)

The YNOE was developed to help provide the needs of 4-H Natural Resources in identifying Cornell and land-grant university curriculum, outreach, and research efforts that can be applied to everyday environmental education programs.  The PWT has conducts several teleconference and in-person PD meetings to help identify issues.  The program offers a variety of professional development opportunities and project/resource sharing sessions.

Co-Chair(s): Randazzo, Andrew; Tidball, Keith
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