July 26, 2006
Contact: Jon Greenwood, 315-386-3231; Joe
R. David Smith, NNYADP, 607-255-7286;
NNY Agricultural Development Grant Applications Due September 1
Farmers, educators, researchers and business people with ideas for
improving agricultural production and profitability across Northern New
York are invited to apply for a grant for 2007 through the Northern New
York Agricultural Development Program by September 1, 2006. A 32-farmer
committee guides the Program that sets research and outreach priorities,
reviews grant proposals and selects projects that will benefit
agriculture across the six-county Northern New York region (Clinton,
Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties). The NNYADP
grants encourage collaboration between farmers, educators and
researchers and support on-farm demonstration projects.
�We are looking for projects that will provide practical information and
resources for farmers engaged in our region,� says Program Co-Chair Jon
Greenwood of Greenwood Dairy, Canton. �Our grants have supported
traditional and alternative agricultural enterprises and are now
available for research into new opportunities for agriculture, such as
biofuel crop production.
�Our recent grants and our 2007 research priorities recognize the
increasing diversity of agriculture across Northern New York. We have
currently funded projects that are helping dairy and beef farmers, maple
producers, and crops, fruit and vegetable growers, and we look forward
to the needed and innovative ideas the next round of applications will
bring,� says Program Co-Chair Joe Giroux, a Plattsburgh dairy farmer.
The Program currently has 24 projects underway, addressing alfalfa snout
beetle control research; crop trials for corn, forage grasses, small
grains, and organically-grown sunflowers, flax and dry beans; soil
health management; agricultural environmental stewardship; and maple,
meat and cold hardy grape production.
The 2007 NNYADP research priorities include current project interests
plus new crops for energy production and biofuels; extending the season
for production of vegetables, small fruits and other horticultural
crops; variety trials for tree fruits and small fruits; and the
production of straw.
Grant applications must be filed electronically on or before September 1
to Program Coordinator R. David Smith. The project grant proposal form
and a complete list of research priorities are online at