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Addressing Climate Change from on Campus to on Farm: An Update for NIFA from Cornell

On June 8th, CICSS team members headed to Washington D.C. to address the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) about ongoing projects.  Executive Director, Mike Hoffmann, opened the conversation by sharing Cornell’s plans to reach carbon-neutrality by 2035.  Next, having witnessed climate change’s initial impacts on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences undergraduate student, Marc Alessi, gave poignant remarks about his observations’ implications for both his and the world’s future.  Lastly, Director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center, Art DeGaetano, and CICSS Director, Allison Chatrchyan closed out the discussion by highlighting the Institute’s successes in Extension and the development of Climate Smart Farming decision tools for farmers in the Northeast. They also stressed the importance of the close partnership between CICSS and the Regional Climate Center.