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New national grape research center in NY

New national grape research center in NY

By Blake Jackson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University are joining forces to create a state-of-the-art grape research facility – the National Grape Improvement Center. Located on Cornell's AgriTech campus, this 70,000 square foot facility will house vital research units from both institutions.

"This investment enhances U.S. grape production and equips farmers to tackle climate challenges," said USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small. The Center will focus on interdisciplinary research, breeding, and technology transfer, ultimately aiming to boost efficiency, profitability, and sustainability within the American grape industry.

"This collaboration brings together exceptional researchers to address agricultural challenges," said ARS Administrator Dr. Simon Liu. The Center will provide them with advanced resources to further their groundbreaking work in grape innovation.

The partnership leverages the strengths of both entities. Cornell's expertise complements the research capabilities of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Grape Genetics Research Unit and Plant Genetic Resources Unit. This fusion will solidify the Finger Lakes region as a hub for cold climate grape research in the U.S.

"We are grateful for the federal investment in this Center," said Cornell University Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff. This recognition underscores the longstanding partnership between Cornell and the ARS, solidifying the Finger Lakes' position as a leader in grape research.

This initiative highlights the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to a more resilient food system. The Center aligns with their goals of ensuring fair markets for producers, promoting sustainable practices, and fostering a more diverse and equitable workforce within the agricultural sector.

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