Wright, Madison; Scott, Thomas (Internet First University Press, 2013-06-20)
Madison Wright and Tom Scott (emeriti from Agronomy, now Department of Crop and Soil Sciences) reminisce about their parallel journeys as members of the Cornell faculty. They comment on their efforts to introduce agronomic crops (sugar beets and soybeans) not being grown under NYS conditions. They were housed in the new Bradfield Hall but uncovered issues affecting productivity that had been overlooked in its design. Wright and Scott pioneered a new type of course, involving off-campus travel — first to various geographic regions of the U.S. and then to examine agriculture abroad (central America). Current Cornell students are beneficiaries of this innovation with even more far-reaching study experiences.
The conversation also considers the effects of budgetary issues, their work in Panama, Australia, land usage in NYS, the ‘industrialization’ of agriculture and university service as University Ombusdman. Running Time: 52 minutes.
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