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State to fund research on hops, malting barley

Rochester Business Journal
June 13, 2014

New York will provide $350,000, a portion of which will go to the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park in Ontario County, to research hops and malting barley to determine which varieties work best for state agriculture.

The funding is the result of feedback from the second Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

A second initiative stemming from the April summit is the elimination of sales tax at winery tastings that charge a per-person fee to participate.

“New York is home to world-class wineries and craft breweries, and by launching these initiatives we are looking to further grow the industry, as well as increase the production of locally made products,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The funding for the ag tech park in Geneva will be used for research on a hop plot, where 30 varieties of hops are being evaluated, officials said. Researchers also are experimenting with pest management techniques to see which work best against downy mildew and other diseases that affect hops.

The state launched a $6 million marketing and promotional campaign following the April summit to raise the profile of New York’s beer, spirits, cider and wine producers.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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