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Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farmworkers Program receives award from Park Foundation

Jan 21, 2016
The Cornell Farmworkers Program received an award from the Park Foundation for Addressing Farmworkers' Needs in Tompkins County. These funds will support collaborations with farmworkers in addressing their social, geographic, and linguistic isolation through on-farm workshops and gatherings. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworkers Program, at Read more

Webinar on Cultural Competency

Dec 1, 2015
Mary Jo Dudley, director of the the Cornell Farmworker Program, will present a webinar on "Cultural Competency: Understanding the Farmworker Culture and Making Your Outreach Efforts Successful" for the AgrAbility Webinar series.

"Cultural Competency: Understanding the Farmworker Culture and Making Your Outreach Efforts Successful"
AgrAbility Webinar series
December 1 2 p.m. EST
Details will be posted here when the date approaches: Read more
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CaRDI helps shape new Community Food Systems minor

Dec 1, 2015
Faculty from Development Sociology, the School of Integrative Plant Sciences, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences were recently awarded an Engaged Cornell curriculum grant to develop a new Community Food Systems Minor. CaRDI program staff Jennifer Jensen helped develop the proposal, while Senior Extension Associates Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman and Mary Jo Dudley are part of the faculty team helping to develop this new initiative scheduled to launch in 2016. Heidi is acting as the coordinator for the project (

The Minor in Community Food Systems is a university-wide program enabling undergraduate students to learn about and engage with issues, problems, and questions related to food security, food sovereignty and food justice, and the social organization of sustainable local food systems. Understanding and collaboratively developing information about how communities manage these systems is key to this minor. Requirements for the minor include a community-based practicum. Read more
Sue Sherman of Jerry Dell Farms found that using CFP bilingual forms proved valuable.

CFP Dairy Project having positive impacts in NYS

Sep 23, 2015
The July 2015 "American Agriculturalist" featured an article about a New York Farm Viability Institute-funded project with the Cornell Farmworker Program that is improving workplace relations for dairy farm employers and employees through better communications. Read more
Mary Jo Dudley of Cornell Farmworkers Program

CFP in American Agriculturalist: "Dairy Employee Turnovers can Impose Huge Hidden Costs"

Jul 16, 2015
By Kara Lynn Dunn and John Vogel
If you've never experienced your milking crew disappearing overnight after learning that OSHA inspectors wanted to interview them, you're lucky. A more common loss is losing a key member of your dairy management team. Sometimes, these events are outside of your control. Other times, it comes down to poor employer/employee communications. Either way, it drives labor costs up and herd production down... Read more


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