February 15, 2008
Contact: NNYADP Program Co-Chairs Jon Greenwood, 315-379-386-3231;
Joe Giroux, 518-563-7523
Note: Page 3 lists all projects, pages 4-6 provide individual project detail; jpgs are available by request to publicist at karalynn@gisco.net

NNY Agricultural Development Program Announces 22 Grant Projects for 2008

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program awarded its 2008 grants for on-farm research projects and education programs for farmers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.

The 22 projects awarded Northern New York Agricultural Development Program funding range in focus from preventing and treating mastitis in dairy cows and the enhanced production of biofuels, field crops, livestock, fruit, and maple products to helping farmers cope with crop diseases, including brown root rot that was identified in alfalfa and grass fields in three NNY counties in 2005, and with promising strategies for controlling such pests as the alfalfa snout beetle.

A full projects list is online at www.nnyagdev.online.

Farmers representing dairy, field crops, horticultural crops, livestock production, and maple and forestry products select projects for funding from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.

The projects are conducted on operating farms across the region by Cornell University faculty, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and other agricultural professionals. Studies are also done at the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute at Chazy, the Cornell Uihlein Maple Research Farm near Lake Placid, the Cornell E.V. Baker Agricultural Research Farm in Willsboro, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Learning Farm in Canton.

Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is made possible by a Legislative appropriation through the New York State Senate and the long-term support of Senator Elizabeth Little and Senator James Wright who recently left office for a private sector position and by support from legislative representatives regionwide and New York State Agriculture Committee leaders Senator Catherine Young and Assemblyman William Magee.

Dairymen Jon Greenwood of Canton and Joe Giroux of Plattsburgh co-chair the program. They note that the diverse soils and micro-climates in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties create unique challenges and opportunities for farmers.

Greenwood says, �Keeping agriculture strong in this region is critical to our rural economy. The results of Northern New York Agricultural Development Program research projects have equipped regional farmers with information and tools to strengthen the dairy industry that has long been the backbone of agriculture in this region and to enhance the diverse agricultural enterprises that are now developing in Northern New York.�

Greenwood points out the breakthrough in controlling alfalfa snout beetle and steps toward reducing the levels of Klebsiella mastitis on dairy farms as just two examples of the practical, real-world value of the applied research conducted on regional farms.

Program Co-Chair Joe Giroux says, �The projects funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program are enhancing farm productivity and profitability in the six-county region while at the same time protecting our soil, water and other environmental resources. The projects we fund help us to act quickly to begin dealing with new diseases such as brown root rot that affects alfalfa and grass crops and to develop the science that will help us manage new farm-based enterprises such as biofuel crop production.�

Project results are delivered to farmers via workshops, hands-on training, fact sheets, media and a website at www.nnyagdev.org. # # #

Click here for the Projects Receiving Funding for 2008
Click here for More Info on each 2008 NNYADP-funded Project