Cornell Outreach: Dyson Extension Programs

The farm and food sector is a complex system of people, businesses, policies, and regulations. Dyson extension and outreach programs examine production costs, business planning, and labor management at the farm level; executive education for food retailers and cooperative leaders; selling specialty crops in local markets; commodity crops in the global marketplace; and land use and dairy policy. Affiliated programs focus on international development.

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As a land grant institution, Cornell University has a legacy of leveraging its academic resources for the greater good of farms, food, businesses, the environment, the community, and the world. The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is shared by the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The Dyson School partners with the CALS extension system, “putting knowledge to work to serve a public purpose.”

Dyson Extension Faculty and Academics

Our faculty and associates contribute to a broad range of professional experience and research interests. Some of our main focus areas are:

Agricultural Development

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Todd Schmit


Food Systems and Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program

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Matt LeRoux

Extension Associate

Agribusiness and Rural Development

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Bobbie Severson

Extension Associate

Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program

Farm Management

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Wayne Knoblauch


Dairy Farm Business Summary Program and FarmNet

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Dario Arezzo


Cornell Tax Schools

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Greg Mruk

Senior Extension Associate

NY FarmNet


Richard Stup

Senior Extension Associate

Farm and Agribusiness Management

Food Industry


Miguel Gómez


Food and Agricultural Economics and Food Industry Management Program

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Dan Hooker


Food Industry Management Program


Kristen Park

Extension Associate

Food Industry Management Program

Agricultural Economics


Brad Rickard


Food and Agricultural Economics

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Chris Wolf


Food and Agricultural Economics and Dairy Markets and Policy

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Wendong Zheng

Assistant Professor

Food and Agricultural Economics

Getting Involved: Student Opportunities with Dyson Extension Programs

Dyson undergraduate and graduate students can participate in agriculture Extension programs in several ways (sometimes for college credit or pay) including:

  • Internships and fellowships
  • Research assistantships
  • Independent research projects
  • Campus employment
  • Extension-affiliated courses
  • Service-learning experiences
  • Short-term study trips (domestic or international)
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“I offer opportunities to my undergraduate advisees and students to conduct applied research with me and, where suitable, involve them in my Extension programming activities. For graduate students, involvement in Extension activities and engaging with industry, agency, and government stakeholders is an expected part of their graduate program.” Todd Schmit, Professor at Dyson