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Aaron Ristow


Extension Associate
Soil and Crop Sciences Section
Bradfield Hall, Room 1001
Phone: 607-745-7165




Bachelor’s Degree: University of Washington, Political Science (1994)

Master’s Degree: University of California-Davis, International Agricultural Development (2006), Soil Science (2007)

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Aaron Ristow is an Extension Associate in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section. He joined the Cornell Soil Health Team in January of 2015 to coordinate research and extension activities, and a number of projects related to the Adapt-N Precision Nitrogen Management Tool for mid-season, weather-adapted N recommendations. Aaron was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia where he saw the effects that severe soil degradation can have on both soil productivity and the environment.  At U.C. Davis he conducted research on agricultural management impacts on water quality from surface runoff in a Mediterranean climate. In New York State he worked with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition to prioritize watershed goals and plan and implement Agricultural Best Management Practices. He played a key role in coordinating and planning the Ag portion to the State’s Watershed Implementation Plans both in 2010 and 2012 and served as an advisor on numerous Agricultural related committees of the Chesapeake Bay Program. Aaron is currently coordinating the development of the Cornell Soil Health program which includes expanding the testing services of the lab, enhancing the utility of our Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health for use on a national scale, and collaborating for the development of a standardized Soil Health Assessment Framework. He has published a number of extension articles and plans, coordinates, and presents at workshops and trainings at the local, state and regional levels.



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