Potato field in bloom.

Potato field in bloom.

Local lettuce waiting to be harvested.

Local lettuce waiting to be harvested.

This will be a good year for wine!

This will be a good year for wine!

Agriculture

Suffolk County, Long Island is one of New York’s most important agricultural regions. Well-drained, glacial soils, a maritime climate with abundant sunshine and proximity to markets throughout the NY metropolitan region make Long Island an ideal location for over 100 different crops. Suffolk County, the eastern 2/3 of Long Island, is ranked first statewide in the wholesale value of crops thanks to thriving greenhouse, nursery, sod, potato, vegetable and winegrape industries. Suffolk County is also ranked first in sales of aquaculture, poultry and egg products. This diversity offers residents and visitors a wide range of products and agri-tourism activities to enjoy.

Established in 1917, the Agriculture Program was Cornell Cooperative Extension’s original mandate and continues today with specialists that have a wide range of expertise. Farmers face many challenges including a changing climate, rising costs, labor shortages, stiff competition and environmental stewardship. The CCE Agriculture Program staff helps to address these challenges through targeted research and innovative educational opportunities. The partnership between farmers and CCE will ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the agricultural industries on Long Island for many years to come.

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2017 Vegetable Varieties

Check out this list from Cornell's Garden Based Learning Program to see what varieties they recommend as being well-suited to NY State gardens for 2017!

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Boxwood guide

Boxwood Guide

This guide is a diagnostic tool for nursery growers and landscape professionals and serves as a starting point to become familiar with common problems that affect boxwood on Long Island.

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Horticulture Factsheets

Our Cornell University research based Horticulture Factsheets provide answers to homeowner’s most common questions.

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Greenhouse

LI Agricultural Forum

The Annual Long Island Agricultural Forum is a two day educational conference, trade show and banquet open to all agricultural professionals.

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QwikPest

A guide to help you quickly identify what’s going on in your yard.

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Beaker

Horticulture Diagnostic Labs

Two locations to serve the industry and gardeners throughout Suffolk County.

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Contact

Melissa Elkins
Sr. Administrative Assistant Agriculture Program
me336@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 341

Last updated December 2, 2016