“Climate Change & Our Global Food System: A Call to Action!”
Michael Hoffmann is executive director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, which helps farmers adapt to climate change and reduce their carbon footprints, a growing area of focus for farmers engaged in PASA’s on-farm research. He communicates to a wide range of audiences the challenges and opportunities that come with climate change, and builds partnerships among public and private organizations. He has held multiple leadership positions at Cornell University.
At Cornell, Michael also serves as co-chair of the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee, helping to lead a campus-wide climate change literacy initiative. Previous positions he has held include director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station; associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; associate director of Cornell Cooperative Extension; and director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. He was also a professor in the Department of Entomology, where he focused on integrated pest management of vegetable insect pests.
Michael was raised on a small farm in Wisconsin and subsequently worked in agriculture in Arizona, California, and New York State.