2017 Farm Viability Projects Test New Technology, New Ideas and Develop New Markets

In April 2017, the NYFVI board of director selected 16 projects for funding in the competitive "FVI" grant program. The projects chosen will help farmers navigate new technology, reduce pesticide use, reach new markets and develop new skills. All proposals were reviewed by NYFVI’s extensive farmer review network to ensure the projects selected for funding address real world priorities Grant applications were evaluated in five areas: Producer Involvement, Relevance to NY Agriculture, Farm-Level Impact, Outreach and Budget. The projects selected represent a cross-section of NY agriculture, with research and education efforts that will benefit farms of all sizes and production practices.

Apples

Development of Effective Spray Program for Post-Infection Fire Blight Management in Apples and Cost-Benefit Analysis of its Key Components

Cornell University

Srdan Acimovic

 $149,950

Apples

Improving Apple Grower Profitability Through Precision Management by Developing and Implementing a Smart App

Cornell University

Jaume Lordan Sanahuja

 $127,297

Dairy

Increasing Dairy Farm Profitability by Reducing the Interbreeding Interval and Optimizing Conception Rate of Lactating Dairy Cows

Cornell University

Julio Giordano

 $110,953

Dairy

Improving Dairy Cow Health and Reducing Dairy Farm Labor Cost by Automating Health Monitoring and Management

Cornell University

Julio Giordano

 $139,676

Dairy

Dairy Workforce Online Educational Program.

Cornell University

Kathy Barrett

 $16,652

Field Crops

Optimizing Variable Rate Seeding in NYS

Advanced Ag Alliance, Inc.

Savanna Crossman

 $102,428

Field Crops

Decision Agriculture: Managing Nitrogen and Yield in Corn and Forage Sorghum Utilizing Drone NDVI Imaging.

Cornell University

Quirine Ketterings

 $148,192

Field Crops

Optimize Selection/Management of Short Season Sorghum/Millet Varieties for NY

Advanced Ag Systems LLC

Thomas Kilcer

 $39,366

Field Crops

Biological Control of Corn Rootworm using Native NY Entomopathogenic Nematodes

Cornell University

Elson Shields

 $99,979

Field Crops

Open Field Study with Avipel Shield Seed Treatment on Field Corn to Deter Birds from Feeding on Corn Seedlings

Cornell University

Ken Wise

 $25,358

General

Scaling Up: Developing New and Additional Wholesale Enterprises with Greenmarket Farmers

FARMroots, GrowNYC

Christopher Wayne

 $123,944

Grapes

Using NDVI Images to Guide Selective Harvest in Wine Grape Vineyards

Cornell University

Justine Vanden Heuvel

 $126,775

Equine

Equine Small Business Development

Jefferson Community College/SUNY

Megan Stadler

 $7,480

Vegetables

Trials to Reduce Onion Rot

Cornell University

Steven Beer

 $119,715

Vegetables

Application of electromagnetic electrical conductivity measurements for precision agriculture for NYS vegetable growers. 

SUNY at Buffalo

Erasmus Oware

 $84,840

Vegetables

Evaluation of Alternatives to Chlorpyrifos Insecticides for Controlling Cabbage Maggot in Brassica Vegetables

CCE Suffolk County

Faruque Zaman

 $38,135