Mission: Educate and promote practices that protect water quality, reduce agricultural and environmental concerns, and preserve farm businesses on Long Island.
Goal: Work with farmers to reduce nutrient and pesticide loading from agricultural lands to the ground and surface waters of Suffolk County while maintaining a strong, viable agricultural industry.
Since 2004, the Agricultural Stewardship Program has worked in conjunction with Cornell University faculty and staff, CCE's agricultural specialists, and numerous agricultural and environmental partner organizations to provide the commercial horticultural and agricultural industries a comprehensive program of research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects. Local research has resulted in the development of improved technologies and increased adoption of best management practices by farmers including the use of controlled/slow release nitrogen fertilizer (CRNF), cover crops, reduced tillage, and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. Field days, workshops, and conferences provide farmers with educational opportunities. By conducting on-farm demonstration projects the Program demonstrates the costs and benefits of adopting new technology and best management strategies that will protect the environment while maintaining the agricultural industry's economic viability for generations to come.
Last updated January 13, 2020