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Research & Development Funding 2016 (.pdf)

Potato Variety Development Fund Chip & Fresh Breeding Report 2016 (.pdf)


2016 Research Projects Funded
The Empire State Potato Growers serves as administrator of multiple research funds.


Potato Variety Development Fund: As the Cornell Breeding Program funds continue to erode, growers, processors and industry have stepped up and committed funds to accelerate promising varieties of potatoes.

Started by the chip industry, this fund has been expanded to include both Chip & Fresh market variety acceleration. Funds are proportionately allocated to research projects based on contributions from each industry. Grower support is crucial to the continuing success of the breeding program.

ESPG serves as Administrator of this fund. The awards are determined by a Committee of Growers and Industry Representatives.

  • $32,922 CHIPPING Potato Breeding & Evaluation Project, Walter DeJong, Cornell University.
  • $10,000 FRESH Potato Breeding & Evaluation Project, Walter DeJong, Cornell University.


Research & Development Fund, 2016 Projects Awarded Totaled: $27,837: This program is funded completely by growers, industry and matching funds from the Empire State Potato Growers, Inc. Submissions are reviewed by the Research & Development Committee and awarded based on viability and importance to the NY Industry.

  • $17,327 Conduct Grower-Extension Yield Trials of Advanced Potato Breeding Clones & New Varieties, Professor Walter DeJong, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, Cornell University.
  • $5,900 Monitoring Disease & Informing NY Potato Growers About Blackleg-Associated Pathogens (Dickeya) & Disease Management in NYS. Keith Perry, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell .
  • $4,610 Long Island Potato Trials Evaluating Yield & Quality, Sandra Menasha, Vegetable/ Potato Specialist CCE of Suffolk County.