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Become a Farm Member of HVRL in 2021 Donations Made Before Years End Are Still 2020 Tax Deductions !

Dear Friend:

The need for local, viable and sustainable agriculture has become more evident than ever over the course of the 2020 growing season. Throughout our communities, farmers have risen to the challenge by overcoming unforeseen obstacles in order to supply the highest quality produce regionally and beyond. Farms remain an integral component of our food security systems. This was evident in the dramatic increase in pick-your-own participation by local folks across the region, looking for real food on real farms this season.

As we approach 2021; Hudson Valley Research Laboratory (HRVL) looks forward to partnering with you for another growing season. In essence, we need you to be a member in support of the facility, the laboratory your family built in 1963, and added to in 1973. Our lab requires, like any facility and farm, maintenance, operational support to provide researchers and staff with safe working conditions for all that we do. Our operational budget, including heat, electric, tractor and cooler repairs to name but a few, costs us over $100,000 yearly, and every farm membership is essential.

To continue the Land Grant Mission, our goal is to listen to you, see the issues facing food production, and provide scientific research based and extension outreach for the sustainability, economic viability and success of local agricultural businesses. We continue to reach out to our neighbor farmers in solving the endless problems associated with growing food for the region and the world.

Since 1923, our Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences research scientists and support staff have worked directly with the farmers to address challenges and create solutions for regional agricultural production. Through the generous support and commitment of our growers and community members HVRL has maintained its commitment to success and excellence in the research fields of entomology, plant pathology and horticulture. In order to continue our mission, we ask that you show your support by renewing your membership or joining us as a new member for 2021.

HVRL has focused scientific research on controlling invasive species, preventing and managing plant diseases, and evaluating plant varietals and agricultural practices for success in our climate. Some of the highlights from 2019 include:
NYS distribution of “Samurai Wasp” as a natural biological control for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
Evaluation of a new experimental product for Bitter Pit control
Sunburn management of Honeycrisp apples in New York
Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir clone and rootstock selection suitable for the Hudson Valley viticulture
Use of Drape Net for insect pest control and management in combination with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and split IPM/ organic management
• Employing ZeroFly Net and LED lighting to reduce BMSB along orchard edge

Regionally farmers face significant pressures from environmental and regulatory constraints. The research and extension teams at HVRL seek long-term solutions to the current and evolving issues that challenge agricultural sustainability. Your support is vital to our success and through it, the success of agriculture throughout the Hudson Valley and Eastern New York.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Hudson Valley Research Lab, Inc.