2017 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.
- $35,000 CHIPPING Potato Breeding & Evaluation Project, Walter De Jong, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, Cornell University.
- $10,000 FRESH Potato Breeding & Evaluation Project, Walter De Jong, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, Cornell University.
Research & Development Fund, 2017 Projects Awarded Totaled: $17,400: This program is funded completely by growers, industry with additional matches of 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.
- $17,400 Conduct Grower-Extension Yield Trials of Advanced Potato Breeding Clones & New Varieties, Professor Walter De Jong, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, Cornell University and Stephanie Mehlenbacher & John Gibbons, Cornell Cooperative Extension.Top of Form