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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, including researchers from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, […]

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 […]


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 […]

Summer Climate Change Interns

During the summer of 2016, CICCA welcomed three summer interns to the team! Abbie Kramer, Giorgi Tsintsadze, and Savannah Acosta (Cornell undergraduates) contributed to an incredibly productive summer at CICCA, in which we: started a new social media climate change infographic campaign (example pictured), filmed new decision tool tutorial and farmer interview videos, conducted various climate change-related research projects, applied for high-profile […]

4H Career Explorations

On June 29th and 30th, Jonathan Lambert and CICCA summer intern, Abbie Kramer, took part in the annual 4-H Career Explorations on Cornell’s campus, educating nearly 100 8th and 9th graders from NY and PA on climate change and possible career opportunities in the climate and environmental field. Jonathan and Abbie walked students through an introduction to the basics […]

Cornell Climate Change Seminar Wraps Up

Earlier this month, the Cornell University Climate Change Seminar wrapped up for the semester, after a total of 12 talks from climate change experts at Cornell and visiting experts from New York University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Topics covered included the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, […]

Climate Smart Farming Event: NYS Farmers in Their Own Words

Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibit on Thursday, May 5,  from 4:00 – 5:30 PM on the Second floor of Mann Library on Cornell’s campus. In attendance will be: Dale Stein (Stein Farms), Paul King (Six Mile Creek Vineyards), Glenn Evans (Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station) and Allison Chatrchyan of the Cornell Institute for […]

Agricultural Resiliency to Climate Change in the Northeast

Dr. Joana Chan, CICCA Postdoctoral Research Associate, recently traveled to San Francisco for the National American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, where she presented research on “Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change in the Northeast.” This research was conducted in 2015, in partnership with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and Pennsylvania State University, and involved […]