Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) continues to bring local experience and research based solutions together to create high impact programming across the entire state in all five of our priority mission areas:
- Agriculture and Food Systems
- Environment and Natural Resources, Sustainable Energy, and Climate Change
- 4-H Youth Development/Children, Youth, and Families
- Nutrition, Food Safety and Security, and Obesity Prevention
- Community and Economic Vitality
Our work is developed in the context of a rapidly changing world where issues require cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary approaches. Two examples of this approach are provided below:
CCE is working to foster partnerships between our State’s agricultural producers and consumers who are enthusiastically seeking locally grown produce, meats and other food products. A strong link among producers, distributors and consumers is developing through Food Hubs, which are organizations or businesses that offer a suite of processing, warehousing, distribution and marketing services, and are key to connecting farmers to consumer demand for locally-grown food. Extension educators are assisting with emerging food hubs in several parts of the State, including a project in Madison County that has a goal of supporting nearly 200 area farms, creating 30 full time local jobs and stimulating approximately 13 million dollars of revenue per year for participating farmers.
We are also continuing our Research Navigator Initiative, a core element of the College of Human Ecology’s (CHE) extension and outreach effort. The program introduces CCE educators to diverse research methodologies, recruitment and retention strategies, and content areas. At the same time, it informs CHE faculty about the resources and capabilities of CCE as a research partner and broker of community collaborations. The initiative is geared to enhance the research foundations and high-quality implementation of CCE educational programs statewide, particularly in the areas of 4-H/positive youth development, child and human development, parenting education, aging, and nutrition. Educators and Executive Directors representing CCE associations across the state are involved in the initiative, with 18 of them credentialed as Advanced Research Navigators. Program information | Advanced Research Navigator Workshop
These are just two examples of how CCE, with an educator staff of approximately 700 and nearly 60,000 volunteers, is continuing to actively extend Cornell University’s land-grant mission to the people of New York.
Helene R. Dillard, Ph.D.
Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology
Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology