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USDA grants awarded for those addressing the impacts of environmental shifts

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced on Wednesday nine grants, with a total of over $8 million dollars.  These grants were awarded to research centers focused on the study and development of new approaches to the agricultural sector.  Among these awardees is the Cornell Institute for […]

Case Study of Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program

Together with the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program created a case study highlighting the resources, training and decision support tools for farmers in the Northeastern United States.  The present case study explores a new research and extension outreach program that is providing these support tools for farmers in the […]

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 […]

Ag Decision Tools Webinar: Cornell CSF and NEWA

The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program and the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) led a joint webinar hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub on Thursday, May 4th to educate extension professionals, government employees, and other stakeholders on their agricultural decision tools for the Northeast. View this informative webinar at the Conservation Webinar Portal.

Climate Change is Not a Hoax to Millenials

CICSS Executive Director, Mike Hoffmann, who recently traveled to Vietnam with Cornell undergraduates to experience how the country is thinking about and responding to climate change continues to reflect on this experience.  In a recent article in The Hill, he focuses on the students’ perspective on climate change, finding that millenials, especially the group that […]

CICSS’s Mike Hoffmann Continues to Engage with Climate Change in Vietnam

After serving in the Vietnam war and not returning for decades, CICSS Executive Director Mike Hoffmann has made two trips to Vietnam in the past year to look at the impacts of climate change on the nation. On Dr. Hoffmann’s second trip, he brought along Cornell undergraduate students for a service-learning course so that they […]

Drought Survey Research & Policy Brief Published

Drs. Shannan Sweet and David Wolfe conducted a New York State Drought Survey in 2016 in order to determine the impacts of the drought on farmers in New York. The survey aimed to elucidate impacts by commodity and also based on whether farmers irrigated or not. Read about this survey, the results, and the recommendations […]

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Features Cornell CSF Program

The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program was featured in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture’s (GACSA) February Newsletter HERE. CICSS Director, and spearheader of the Cornell CSF Program, Allison Chatrchyan, is very involved with GACSA, participating in their annual meetings each year, and developing case studies of climate smart agriculture from the Northeast […]

CICSS Directors Interviewed by Climate Central

With transitions in government leadership in the new presidential administration, websites such as Climate Central are working to get perspectives on how this will impact agencies such as the USDA and work they are doing in the climate change and agricultural sphere. Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Directors Mike Hoffmann and Allison Chatrchyan were recently […]

Cornell Team Wins Honorable Mention in World Bank Big Data Challenge

A team of Cornell researchers led by Dr. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea was one of eight Honorable Mention Winners in the World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge, for their proposal “A data-driven tracking tool dedicated to increasing climate change resilience.”  The proposal included researchers from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and […]

New CSF Online Course

Registration Full – Check back again in Spring 2018! CICSS is currently offering a new online course, “BF 107: “Climate Smart Farming” from Jan 17 – Feb 21, 2017, in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. In this six-week online course, farmers will learn to identify key impacts to their farms, and how to develop a plan […]

COP22 Delegation

CICSS, along with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, led the planning and Cornell Delegation to the 22nd Annual Conference of the Parties (COP 22) global climate change summit, Nov 7, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. This COP is incredibly important – termed the “COP of Action” by the Moroccan Government – […]

National Forum on Climate and Pests

Mike Hoffmann, Executive Director of CICSS, recently attended the National Forum on Climate and Pests, from October 4-6 in Washington, DC. The Forum was organized by the Northeast IPM Center, in conjunction with CICSS, the American Society of Agronomy, the National Academy of Sciences, Regional IPM Centers, the USDA Climate Hubs, and USDA NIFA.  The […]

CICCA is now CICSS!

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As you may know, the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) has recently become the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS – prouounced “kicks”). This decision to change our name was made after many months of thoughtful discussion and input from faculty and stakeholders, the Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Extension team, CALS Communications, and with full support of the CALS Dean. CICSS […]

Empire Farm Days

Each year, the Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Team, a program of CICCA, participates in the annual Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY. This year’s event was from August 9th to the 11th, and was attended by farmers, extension professionals, and gardeners from New York State and beyond. The CSF Team displayed its new […]