New York Wine & GrapeNews



Grape Research Order Result Available

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

First, we want to thank everyone who participated and dedicated time and resources to the Research Order proposal coordinated by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF). Earlier this week we were notified by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets that, unfortunately, the order did not pass. Result details and details by region are posted below:

*Red indicates greater percentage of NO votes. Green indicates greater percentage of YES votes.

While we are understandably disappointed in the results, we are by no means done with our quest to work with the grape and wine industry to create a self-funded and self-directed pool of funds available to support the industry’s research needs.

We have learned valuable lessons by going through this Research Order process. The biggest lesson, and most likely the one that will guide our endeavors in this area in the future, is that there are widely varying research and marketing needs by region. It is possible that those needs will actually have to be addressed by different research and marketing funding mechanisms (private and/or public) at different times.

As you may already know, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation already supports a significant amount of grape research $561,550 (FY17-18) in the state. This research is also matched by generous private sector contributions of approximately $255,550 and we anticipate continuing this critical funding stream for 2018 and beyond.

We anticipate reaching out to key regional leadership soon to discuss ways that we can make successful investments in the research areas of most benefit to them. In the interim, we welcome any feedback regarding the Research Order and suggestions for supporting research and marketing initiatives.

It was apparent from our statewide meetings in advance of the research order that a good portion of our industry believes that whether grapes go into juice, wine or other consumer products, sound science is key to improving the quality of the fruit and production of the finished product. Some advances gained through research also help growers and winemakers run a more cost effective and efficient operation, thereby yielding a stronger bottom line for the farm operation. These types of advancements are truly seen as an investment in the farm as well as the future of the industry.

We view this result as an opportunity to find a better industry supported research funding mechanism.  We will continue to work with all of you to advance grape research, promote the grape and wine industries in New York State and advocate for the wonderful economic and quality of life benefits our community provides to New Yorkers.

Sam Filler, Executive Director
New York Wine & Grape Foundation