Our mission is to Protect Water Quality, Address Environmental Concerns, while Preserving the Business of Farming on Long Island for future generations.
Due to concerns of agricultural contaminants being found in ground water, the Suffolk County Legislature adopted legislation in 2004 to provide funding through the Suffolk County Water Quality Protection Funds for Cornell Cooperative Extension to take the lead role in developing and implementing a voluntary program to address the leaching of nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides into groundwater. Since then the Agricultural Stewardship Program has worked in conjunction with CCE's agricultural specialists and CU professors to provide the commercial agricultural industry with a comprehensive program of research, education and on-farm demonstration projects to address the environmental issues related to Long Island agriculture's use of nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides.
CCE's Agricultural Stewardship Program works closely with Suffolk County's Soil and Water Conservation District by and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service on state and federal cost share initiatives to assist farmers as they transition to more environmental conservation practices. The AG Stewardship Program has contributed to NY State's Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) plan by re-writing and streamlining the AEM Pest and Nutrient Management evaluation worksheets and corresponding fact sheets to accurately reflected Long Island's agricultural pest and nutrient issues. The NY State Environmental Conservation Association approved the revised AEM plan, which is implemented by SC Soil and Water Conservation District.
Last updated January 20, 2016