Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming program is a voluntary initiative that helps farmers in the Northeastern US to:
- Increase agricultural productivity and farming incomes sustainably
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production through adoption of best management practices, and increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy
- Increase farm resiliency to extreme weather and climate variability through adoption of best management practices for climate change adaptation
Research and Extension Specialists can help farmers to:
- Identify on-farm vulnerabilities to extreme weather and variability; inventory energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the farm; set goals and plan for adaptation and mitigation changes
- Increase on-farm adaptation through best management practices, including cropping systems, IPM, land-use planning, and water resource management
- Upgrade infrastructure, such as cooling, irrigation, drainage, and waste management systems for increased resiliency
- Increase farm energy efficiency and install renewable energy systems on the farm, which can contribute to cost savings
- Adopt best management practices to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon through Cornell-recommended practices (e.g. soil health, cover crops, low-till practices)
- Improve on-farm recycling, solid waste disposal, nutrient management practices
- Utilize new climate smart agricultural decision support tools with Cornell University
- Support local food and climate smart initiatives in the surrounding community
- Inform and inspire other farmers to be leaders and innovators through peer-to-peer information exchange and recognition
Climate Smart Farming Opportunities:
- Cornell Climate Smart Farming Resources
- Cornell Climate Smart Farming Videos
- Cornell Climate Smart Farming Extension Team
To Learn More:
Contact our office and we’ll connect you to a research or extension specialist on our team.
Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA)
206 Rice Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Director: Allison M. Chatrchyan, Ph.D.
Executive Director: Michael P. Hoffmann, Ph.D.
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