Cornell University Project Explores Rice as Climate-Adapted Crop for New York

A new Cornell University project is helping New York farmers learn to grow rice, as a climate-adapted crop that can withstand both flooding and dry conditions and can be lucrative for farmers. The project includes demonstration plots with cold-climate rice varieties, as well as online “how to” growing guides, research to identify areas in the Northeast that are suitable for rice, and surveys to understand farmers’ willingness and barriers to growing rice. The team will also investigate how rice-growing provides habitat for birds, mitigates storm water and pollution, and more.