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Message from the Director

Tom BurrWelcome to Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Here in Geneva, about an hour north of the Cornell campus in Ithaca, we open the doors to scientific innovation for fruit, vegetable and turf production, renewable energy crops and food and beverage processing enterprises throughout our state and around the world. 

New York State’s food and agricultural sectors are extraordinarily diverse; and the innovative products and practices developed at Cornell-NYSAES meet an impressive spectrum of industry needs and opportunities. Innovation and accountability have characterized the problem-solving pursuits of our faculty and staff since 1882 and make this a wonderful place to work, learn and grow. Here are just a few examples of how we contribute to the economy and welfare of New York communities.

More than ever before, Americans are making conscious decisions to purchase and eat more nutritious foods, while casting a discerning eye on where those foods are grown and processed. Through research and extension our faculty and staff contribute to strategic decisions made by growers and consumers alike. Scientists at Cornell-NYSAES combine their remarkable expertise with the newest technologies in search of profitable, environmentally sound ways to grow safer, more healthful fruits and vegetables for farmers markets, roadside stands, schools, supermarkets and family kitchens. In numerous ways the research contributes to sustainable agricultural practices that ensure food security and economic prosperity, while helping to preserve our environment for generations still to come. 

Young scientists grow At Cornell-NYSAES. Perhaps the best time of year to see that process unfold is during the summer, when undergraduate students from Cornell and around the world arrive in Geneva to work and learn in our labs and fields and participate in summer scholar programs sponsored by our Departments of Food Science, Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, Entomology and Horticulture. During the rest of the year Cornell graduate students and international visiting scientists bring their passion and energy to Geneva to sharpen their skills and enhance the Station’s efforts to push back the boundaries of discovery in food and agricultural sciences.

Cornell-NYSAES also participates actively in the Geneva and wider Finger Lakes and upstate New York communities. Cornell faculty and Geneva City Schools work together through the Sowing the Seeds of Science program to bring agricultural science to city third and fourth grade students. A collaborative agreement with Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva allows HWS students to work and study with Cornell-NYSAES scientists during the summer or pursue independent studies at the station during the school year. The annual Wine Industry Workshop, Empire Farm Days and Fun on the Farm are just a few of the many other activities through which Cornell joins the rest of the community to elevate the quality of life and spur business opportunity in a region widely recognized as a destination and a vibrant place to live.

In these web pages I hope you’ll find all that’s needed to convince you to explore Cornell University and the New York Agricultural Experiment Station further. We have so much to offer, and our doors are open. Thank you for visiting our website.

Thomas Burr
The Goichman Family Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station