2011 Northern New York Agricultural Development
Program Impact Statement
- New York State Funding of Northern New York Agriculture Development Program Returns on Investment in Multiple Sectors
- NNYADP Research & Outreach Impacts
- NNYADP Strengthens NNY
- Emerging NNY Farm-Based Business: Bio-Energy
- Emerging NNY Farm-Based Regional Industry: Maple
- Emerging NNY Farm-Based Regional Industry: Small Grains Production & Processing
- Practical Problem Solving: Beetle Be Gone! Restoring NNY Alfalfa Crops
- Protecting Our Natural Resources: A Win-Win
- Practical Problem Solving: Improving Dairy Cow Survival & Health
- Emerging NNY Farm-Based Regional Industries: Cold Hardy Grapes & NNY Wines and Agritourism
- Feeding Our Local Economy: High Tunnel Production
- Capitalizing on Cost Savings: Corn Grain & Silage Production
- Protecting Our Natural Resources: Crop Nutrient Management
- Protecting Our Crops and Our Neighbors’ Crops: Brown Root Rot
- Why a Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
Program Facts and History
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Fact Sheet
What is the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP)?
R. David Smith at Cornell University, 607-255-7286
Dr. Robert F. Lucey (1926-2004)
Dr. Robert F. Lucey founded the Northern New York agricultural research program that has since been named the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP).
In the 1960s, Dr. Lucey had a vision of Northern New York as an agricultural production powerhouse. In 1961, Dr. Lucey prompted the New York State Legislature to appropriate funds to Cornell University to establish a research station at the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Canton. Dr. Lucey established strong working relationships with that college and with the William H. Miner Agricultural Institute in Chazy, NY, and the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm in Essex County. He connected researchers, students, farmers and Extension educators for the task of evaluating the Northern New York factors that affect dairy farming and field crops.
Bob Lucey was a man who could see fifty years ahead of his time. He had the foresight to see the opportunities and the research needed to move agriculture in Northern New York forward into the 21st century, says Jefferson County beef farmer and NNYADP committeeman Don Holman.
The goal behind Bob Lucey's program was to find the right crops to fit the Northern New York climate, soils and harsh winters. Bob's work was instrumental in improving plant genetics and crop selection to make farming viable in Northern New York, says dairyman and NNYADP committee member Bob Andrews.
Dr. Lucey helped make this region a focus area for Cornell by opening a revenue stream in support of regional research, says Town of Lowville Supervisor and NNYADP committeman Arleigh Rice.
NNYADP committee member Frances Moore worked with Dr. Lucey on variety trials on her Franklin County farm. She says, I think he would be pleased to see the continuing support between the college and the local farmers.
St. Lawrence County Extension Field Crops Educator Peter Barney says Dr. Lucey earned farmers' respect with his practical approach, and by being a good listener and a concerned researcher who spent a lot of time in the North Country regularly checking his test plots.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program received its name in 1982. Dr. Lucey had established a program advisory committee of the region's farmers, agricultural leaders and educators. Today, the Program remains farmer-driven and current projects include research of dairying; raising beef, vegetables and organic crops; product marketing, and applying technology.
Dr. Robert F. Lucey died May 7, 2004, leaving behind eight children, 11 grandchildren and a legacy of vision and success for NNY agriculture.