Statement from Dean Kathryn Boor of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address on Wednesday
included a number of initiatives designed to promote agriculture and
food quality – and through them the economic vitality of New York State.
Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, praised
the governor’s efforts and noted New York’s Land Grant university is
committed to these same goals.
“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo’s vision, as outlined in
yesterday’s 2016 State of the State and Budget Address, recognizes the
importance of agriculture to the state’s economic vitality and community
Governor Cuomo understands that agriculture has always been –
and continues to be, more than ever – a vital component of the state’s
character and economic health, especially as the dairy, beer and wine
industries create fresh opportunities across the state. The Governor’s
vision bolsters Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences’ Land-Grant Mission – a mission of teaching, research and
outreach – in several key areas.
“First, having been privileged to serve on the Governor’s Anti-Hunger
Task Force, I am very pleased to see several of the task force’s
suggestions adopted. In particular, I applaud the Governor’s continuing
support of Farm-to-School programs, building upon successful
partnerships between the Empire State’s school districts, Cornell
Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators and local farmers.
programs create vital conduits that bring local crops directly to school
cafeterias and promote the wellness of our state’s school children. CCE
educators are also working with adults throughout the state, from
Wyoming to Nassau counties, in order to increase nutritional awareness
and community vitality.
“As an agricultural leader, New York depends on the hardworking
farmers across this state to drive business while providing all of us
with the bounty of their efforts. I applaud the Governor’s announcement
that the state will no longer tax those farmers delivering healthy
produce to communities throughout the state by eliminating New York
State Thruway tolls for their vehicles.
“The promise of New York has consistently been demonstrated by its
commitment towards science and research. Having just celebrated
Cornell’s 150 years of academic excellence, the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences is tremendously gratified to see the continuation of
the successful New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and
“Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program, which encourages our best and
brightest high school students to pursue their educations and their
futures in New York.
"I am very proud to say that, in just its first
year, CALS is home to 31 STEM Incentive Awardees, with three more on
their way. Across New York, STEM careers are growing twice as fast than
those in any other field, and our students will be leading the way in
agriculture and the biological sciences.
“Since its inception, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
has been devoted to developing farming techniques that allow those who
work the land to reap the maximum economic benefit with the lowest
environmental impact, a spirit of stewardship that continues as CALS
creates a sustainable future for generations to come.
commitment to increasing the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) dollars
has energized the college’s highly successful and well-regarded
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
"In a time of increasing
challenges from invasive insect species and ever-changing weather
patterns, it has never been more important to ensure that our IPM
program has the resources needed to continue working hand-in-hand with
New York’s farmers on employing a common-sense, earth-friendly approach:
utilizing pesticides only when necessary and focusing on good agronomic
practices, as CALS forges a sustainable future focused on growth and