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Local and Regional Food Systems: Cornell

An index of initiatives and resources related to local and regional food systems.

Initiatives and Resources at Cornell

Cornell University, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in particular, is committed to agricultural and food systems research and extension programs that advance cross-disciplinary systems perspectives, sustainability, economic development, and environmental stewardship. As the Land Grant University  for New York State, Cornell provides education, outreach and applied research for the benefit of New York's citizens, communities and landscapes. The university also has a strong international focus to its mission, particularly in the developing world. As a result, there are a wide variety of activities and resources at Cornell that are related to the study and support of local and regional food systems. These links provide a fairly comprehensive list of these activities.

General Information

Agricultural & Horticultural Resources at Cornell

See Cooperative Extension section below for more resources.

Cornell Animal Production and Management Resources

  • Cornell Animal Science Extension - The goal of extension is to provide New York’s animal industries with information and technology to help them to be biologically efficient, economically profitable, sustainable and competitive in an increasingly challenging and environmentally conscious world.
  • Cornell Sheep Program -Source of information about sheep, wool, sheep milk, and their management, production, and marketing in the Northeastern United States.
  • Goat Management Program - Goal to improve the sustainability of goat farms in the Northeast US by providing educational resources and communication outlets to producers.
  • SheepGoatMarketing.info - National information resource supporting the U.S. lamb and goat meat industry with a particular emphasis on producers and specialty markets in the Northeastern states. Primary goal is to improve producer access to equitable markets while building regional capacity to supply the growing consumer demand for high quality lamb and goat meat.

Business & Marketing Resources at Cornell

  • Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park -Research and development park, adjacent to Cornell Ag. Exp. Station in Geneva, New York. Offers opportunity for multi-disciplinary collaboration with Cornell faculty, "to foster the creation, retention and expansion of agriculture and food-related technology-based facilities and related businesses for the benefit of both the State and local economies".
  • Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program supports training and research for cooperative business enterprises, and assists new, emerging cooperatives as well as groups of businesses forming networks in rural communities. CEP has grown out of a long-standing outreach effort at Cornell to support agricultural cooperative businesses since the turn of the century.
  • Cornell Food Venture Center, located in Geneva and New York City, provides assistance to ensure safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace.
  • Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Outreach
  • Entrepreneurship@Cornell
  • Lead NY Program -Leadership program for individuals working in the food and agricultural industy

Community & Economic Development Resources at Cornell

Cornell Cooperative Extension Resources

Nutrition & Diet Resources at Cornell

Food Science & Processing Resources at Cornell