According to mainstream views, the Northeast’s short growing season limits the ability of the region to meet consumer demand for year-round, locally grown produce. However, the rapid emergence of Controlled Environment Agriculture enterprises is challenging this view. Dr. Jie Li and Dr. Miguel Gomez of Cornell University's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management discuss the growth and economic viability of this emerging system.
More than 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone today, so those that don't, are definitely in the minority. Just as the adoption of technology has been on the rise for the American population, our nation’s farmers have also been adopting technology to enhance efficiency and productivity on their farms.
The opportunities in digital agriculture offer exciting prospects for our region’s agriculture, including field crops, specialty crops, livestock and even organic production. Harold Van Es, PH.D., and Joshua Woodard, PH.D., Cornell University write about digital revolution that could significantly transform the industry.
Margins for many greenhouse crops can be thin and growing the right plants to meet market demand in an efficient timely manner is key. Though energy may be the first area that comes to mind when many growers hear the word “efficiency,” streamlining a greenhouse operation can also mean investing in the right talent, equipment and management systems to maximize the return for each dollar invested.