USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program,
New York State’s 2015 Research and Education Projects 

In 2015, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Farm Viability collaborated on the State’s application for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program: developing an RFP, soliciting applications, and identifying the projects that will best help New York’s specialty crop farmers.  Following are the projects that were funded, and thanks to the farmers who participated in the review panels.

Building the Profitability of the Table Beet Industry in New York State
Cornell University $111,561

Business Tools to Stimulate the Growth of New York State’s Year-Round Greenhouse Vegetable Industry
Cornell University $105,568

Effective Spraying of Fruit Crops: Workshops to Improve Knowledge and Profitability Whilst Decreasing Spray Costs and Losses
Cornell University $51,916

Integrated Management of Mealybugs and Leafroll Disease in Vineyards
Cornell University $112,149

Increasing Yield by Controlling Leaf Mold in Tomato High Tunnel Production
Cornell University $108,977

Measuring and Extending the Benefits of More Accurate Honeycrisp Harvest Predictions
Cornell University $109,820