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CICSS Newest Policy Brief Published

In a follow up to last year’s policy brief written by Shannan Sweet and David Wolfe, this policy brief highlights the impacts of heavy rainfall for farmers in New York State.  Among the key findings, the policy brief indicates 95% of the farmers surveyed were negatively impacted by heavy rainfall in 2017.  Those planting in […]

CSF and NEWA Decision Tools Training at Empire State Producers Expo

Danielle and Allison will be heading to Syracuse next week, along with Dan Olmstead from NEWA, to share information on how to use the variety of decision tools available through Cornell.  Join us Wednesday, January, 18 2018 at the Empire State Producers Expo.  The Expo is being held at the SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY, […]

COP 23 in Bonn, Germany

This November, Cornell University sent delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Conference of Parties (COP 23), from 6-17 of November. This year marked the 23rd session of the Conference, held in Bonn, Germany and presided over by the Government of Fiji. It also marked the largest Cornell delegation out of […]

CICSS Speaks at the GACSA Annual Forum in Rome

CICSS Director Allison Chatrchyan and Program Manager Danielle Eiseman are heading to Rome this week to participate in panel discussions with GACSA – The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture.  Panels will address topics ranging from youth engagement in climate smart agriculture to the role of subnational action on driving climate smart agriculture adoption policies.  […]

USDA grants awarded for those addressing the impacts of environmental shifts


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 […]