110 farmers from across the state provided input to our 2019 grant cycle. The 15 of the 46 proposals that were funded are listed below.  Read more about the projects here.



Project Leader


Optimizing Industrial Hemp Production for CBD in New York

School of Integrated Plant Sciences, Cornell AgriTech

Larry Smart


How Regional Differences in Erwinia amylovora Strains Synergize with Novel Fire Blight Management Approaches to Mitigate Grower Losses

School of Integrative Plant Sciences, Cornell University

Kerik Cox

 $  90,954

Refinement and Implementation of Newly-Developed Technologies to Significantly Reduce Producer Losses to Bitter Pit in the Honeycrisp™ Apple.

Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program Cornell University, Hudson Valley Research Lab

Daniel Donahue


Faster, Cheaper and Safer: Re-engineering Best Management Safety Practices on NY Dairies.

NYCAMH, Bassett Research Institute

Julie Sorensen

 $  96,930

Onboarding Dairy Farm Employees: Safe, Productive, and Engaged From Day One!

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Richard Stup


The Effect of Season as Well as Dry Period Management and Nutrition on Colostrum Quality and Quantity.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Sabine Mann


Regaining Control of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Corn and Soybean

New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell Agritech

Bryan Brown


Forage Evaluation On-Farm using Hand-Held NIR Units

School of Integrated Plant Sciences, Cornell University

Jerry Cherney


Red Clover: Optimum Stage of Harvest, Feed Value Compared to Alfalfa

Advanced Ag Systems LLC

Tom Kilcer

 $  96,952

Predicting Soil Cation Exchange Capacity  to Enhance Vineyard Management Practices

SUNY at Buffalo

Erasmus Oware


Examining the Efficacy of a Novel Control Method for Varroa destructor in New York Honey Bee Colonies.

Combplex Inc.

Hailey Scofield

 $  41,000

Putting the Heat on Seed-borne Pathogens of Garlic

School of Integrated Plant Sciences, Cornell AgriTech

Frank Hay


Prophylactic UV Treatment to Prevent Cucumber Downy Mildew

Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mark Rea


Biological Control of Colorado Potato Beetle with Persistent Entomopathogenic Nematodes.

Entomology, Department, Cornell University

Elson Shields

 $  41,838

Expanding the Range for Establishing the Samurai Wasp, Trissolcus Japonicus in Orchards and Vegetable Crops of NYS

Entomology Department, Cornell University, Hudson Valley Research Lab

Jentsch, Peter