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$1M To Study NY Wines

Posted By Joseph Spector On December 12, 2012 @ 2:48 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

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.

[1]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.


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