What We’ve Been Hearing from the Farmer Review Panels and NYFVI Board

Our goal at NYFVI is to have the best possible proposals for review by the commodity specific review panels and staff. What we’ve observed over time is that choosing the right topic is what really hits home with the reviewers.

On our website we have surveys of producer groups that strive to identify the topics that are most important to NY farmers. If you’re not yet sure of your topic, we encourage you to take a look at the farmer’s research needs section of the website.

Following are some general topics that seem to frequently generate strong interest:

Weed management

Soil management practices that increase a farmer’s bottom line

Bird deterrents

Labor saving practices

 Alternate solutions for protectants that are receiving regulatory scrutiny

“Consumer Reports” style of testing for new tools and new products

Helping farmers understand or access markets, market opportunities

Topics that have NOT been faring as well with reviewers in recent years include:

Proposals with weak evaluation plans.

Regional branding programs and/or work that may benefit a specific group of farmers, but will not be replicable by others without further investment. This is often the case with direct market proposals.

Development of online platforms/software/aps without identifying how the tools will be self-sufficient at the end of the project.

Development of knowledge, such as an algorithm or predictive model without a proposed plan to make it actionable by farmers.

Proposals that are competing with options that are already available in the
private sector.

Proposals that fail to collaborate with others in the State working on the same topic.