The state is receiving a $1 million federal grant for the research and development of the crops used for New York’s wines and alcohol, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
Cuomo has pushed for the growth of New York’s wine and beer industry, and he held a summit on the issue in October. About $200,000 of the federal grant will go to promotional efforts.
“As part of being an entrepreneurial government, New York is partnering with the private sector to establish our state as a leader in the production of a wide array of goods, from Greek yogurt to craft beer,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Most of the money is going to regional Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Here’s the list:
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County – $95,931 – This project will help increase the amount of NY hops being used by brewers by helping hop growers grow and process hops of the quality required by brewers.
- Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – $98,428 – This project will help increase the amount of disease-tested vines planted in NY vineyards.more->
- Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology/Plant Microbe Biology – $100,000 – Risk assessment and management of new challenges in Phytophthora Blight for New York vegetables.
- Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology – $98,095 – Enhance disease management by exploring and exploiting a novel suppression of powdery mildew in plants without the use of fungicides.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Agricultural Stewardship Program – $63,359 – To adopt a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that addresses the pest issues specific to the tree fruit grown in Long Island’s maritime climate.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County – $57,988 – Best management practices to enhance yield, extend the growing season, protect crops from weather extremes, and manage pests and diseases.
- Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – $98,225 – Survey of Fire Blight in New York to improve control options for growers.
- Cornell University, Department of Entomology – $99,694 – Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) management, including an evaluation of risk factors associated with SWD.
- Cornell University, School of Applied Economics and Management – $96,759 – Examining current labor options and policies on specialty crop farms in New York State.
- Cornell University, Department of Agriculture – $88,684 – Developing weed suppressive turf for organic landscape management.
- Cornell University, Departments of Entomology & Horticulture – $55,000 – To increase the profitability and competitiveness of fresh-market vegetable farms by capitalizing on the pollination services provided by bumble bees.
- Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) – $50,522 – Intermediate and advanced organic and sustainable specialty crop grower education to increase competitiveness in the marketplace.