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High Tunnels at Cornell Plantations to Simulate Climate Change

Okra, peanuts, cotton and bananas are not exactly staple crops on Ithaca farms and home gardens. But as the world gets warmer, will there be a place for tropical varieties in New York state? And what will happen to current crops such as lettuce, radish and spinach? Cornell researchers aim to find out by simulating […]

Cornell Researchers Contribute to new National Climate Assessment

From Climate Change Is Already Here, Says Massive Government Report, Huff Post Politics, May 6, 2014 “Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a real and present danger in the United States, according to a government report issued Tuesday. “The report is the latest update from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and details ways that climate […]

USDA Climate Hubs Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

by Sheri Englund Farmers, ranchers, and timber owners are on the front line of climate threats, including floods, droughts, fires, and invasive pests. Seven new regional climate hubs (see full-size version of image above) launched in February by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are delivering resource management information to help them adapt to climate change and extreme weather.   Part […]

Waste Heat Could Keep Cows Cool and Comfortable

Graduate student Kristy Perano takes data on a cow’s level of heat stress. (Lindsay France/University Photography) The dog days of summer can be brutal for cows. When dairy cattle get too hot, it means reduced milk production, decreased reproductive activity and sometimes death – and for dairy farmers, lost income. To help farmers keep cows […]

Cornell Opens Climate Change and Agriculture Center

Cornell University has started a center to help farmers adapt their operations to climate change. The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will serve as a clearinghouse for research, climate monitoring, decision-support tools and applications at the intersection of climate and agriculture, the Cornell Chronicle reports. One of the institute’s first steps will be […]

Agriculture and Climate Change Meet at New Institute

By Amanda Garris For farmers, a warming climate challenges fundamental decisions they have always made based on the certainty of the weather – such as when to plant various crops, which varieties to choose or what investments in cooling or irrigation infrastructure would make the most economic sense. They will soon have a resource to […]