Cornell’s NYS Agricultural Experiment Station to Receive $4.7 Million

Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., will receive $4.7 million to help it renovate its greenhouse buildings..

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By Caroline Flax via the Cornell Daily Sun, 4/26/13

Over the next two years, Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., will receive $4.7 million to help it renovate its greenhouse buildings, according to a University press release.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) funded the initiative to rebuild 21,000 square feet of greenhouses at the experiment station — originally built during the 1950s to the 1970s — and create “much needed” modern facilities. Construction is expected to begin next month.

The “state-of-the-art” facilities will include better lighting, upgraded climate control systems and higher ceilings, the press release said. According to Thomas Burr, director of the NYSAES and assocate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, these changes will aid “critical research” that is done at the NYSAES.

“The critical research being done today in Geneva requires state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities that can only be achieved through modernization and expansion,” Burr said in the press release, adding that “innovations pioneered in the greenhouses will translate to tangible products that have positive economic impacts on New York.”

The NYSAES works to develop agricultural techonolgies — such as food development and sustainablility techonolgies — that aid in “feeding the world and strengthening New York economies,” according to the NYSEAS’ website.

“From developing safe and nutritious foods to pioneering means to preserve the environment, NYSAES has been addressing the concerns and serving millions of New York consumers, agricultural producers, food businesses and farm families throughout the state,” according to the website.

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