State Budget includes $600,000 for NNYADP research program

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has received $600,000 in the 2016-17 New York State Budget to support on-farm research and technical assistance in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

State funding for agricultural research in the North Country helps keep farms productive and profitable.
State funding for agricultural research in the North Country helps keep farms productive and profitable.

The funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Senate and is administered through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“Across New York State, and especially in Northern New York, farmers work extremely hard to produce the fresh, healthy foods that feed the people of the world,” said New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie.

“And, it is initiatives like the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program that make our family farms more successful, by providing them with vitally important resources and research that improve efficiency and boost their bottom lines. I could not be more pleased that our state is once again providing record support for agriculture programs, including the NNYADP, in the new state budget, and I look forward to seeing how these investments help New York’s agriculture industry continue to grow,” she added.

Recent NNYADP research has included evaluation of newly emerging causes of mastitis in dairy cows, the economic opportunities of non-traditional crops for high tunnel longer-season production and sales, and developing birch syrup production as a niche marketing opportunity for NNY sugarmakers.

Twenty-six NNYADP projects now underway in 2016 include research on disease resistance in cherry tomatoes, management practices for reducing heat stress in dairy cows and calves, and ways to increase bee health management.

Read more at: http://www.nnyagdev.org/index.php/2016/04/18/nnyadp-receives-600000-in-state-budget/.