New York Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Awards

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced that more than $1.2 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant Awards will support seven advanced research, education, and marketing projects to help specialty crop farms across New York State grow and remain competitive. The funding will support five grower research and education projects led by Cornell University. Cornell University was also awarded $460,000 for research on identifying alternatives to neonicotinoids and chlorpyrifos for controlling insect pests in New York’s specialty crops. In addition, $190,000 from the Specialty Crop Block Grant program will support the marketing and promotion of New York’s specialty crops at tradeshows.