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We are a farmer-led nonprofit group that awards grant funds for applied research, outreach education, and economic development projects that help farms across New York become more profitable and sustainable
Project profiles
Avoiding crown gall and leafroll diseases can pay off for NY grape growers.
New York is home to three grapevine nurseries that supply vines to growers across the US. A group of Cornell research and extension specialists are working with the nurseries to help grape growers avoid disease in their plantings. The interdisciplinary team is working to quantify the cost of disease and to identify clean vines through extensive testing.
Marc Fuchs one of the Cornell project leads said “The economic impact of crown gall disease is currently estimated to range from $2,600 to $17,000 per acre over 25 years, depending on vi ... Read more

Berry Growers Learn About Fixed Spray Systems for High Tunnels
The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive Asian fruit fly. It represents a serious challenge for fruit growers in the Northeast. Fall raspberries grown in high tunnels are particularly vulnerable to SWD, requiring multiple insecticide applications. Traditional methods of application are not fully effective, as well as expensive and difficult to execute. A recent NYFVI project, led by Cornell Professor Gregory Loeb of Cornell and tested at Stonewall Hill Farm owned by Dale-Ila Riggs, found that a fixed sprayer system worked well in tu ... Read more