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Project to investigate digital ag’s impacts on rural America

Jul 21, 2020

As technology begins to transform farming, a team of Cornell researchers is exploring how digital agriculture could affect small and midsized farms, as well as its likely effect on the environment, to inform the design of these developing technologies.

Steven Wolf

COVID-19 and medical professionals: lessons for agriculture

May 13, 2020

Steven Wolf draws parallels between health professionals’ engagement with this crisis and agriculture’s engagement with the ecological and social contradictions of conventional farming - climate, water, biodiversity, and the plight of many farm workers.