The Hudson Valley Laboratory is an essential part of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.
Cornell University scientists at Hudson Valley Laboratory (HVL) conduct applied research to improve the production of fruit and vegetable crops grown in New York State. Research-based information is provided to New York farmers througheducational programs organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and participating CCE associations from Suffolk County in Long Island to Plattsburgh in the Champlain Valley and to Lockport in the Lake Ontario fruit-growing region. Research from the Hudson Valley Lab provides farmers with science based evidence on effectiveness of new production methods that meet the stringent environmental standards required for modern agriculture. Programs at Hudson Valley Lab are especially important to sustained viability of fruit farms in the Hudson Valley, and a viable agriculture is ultimately the best way to preserve open space in the rapidly developing corridor between Albany and New York City.
The Cornell scientists stationed at HVL live and work in the Hudson Valley. They understand the localeconomy, experience directly the impacts of seasonal weather patterns, and can react quickly when unique production or pest-control problems develop during the growing season. Access to statewide, national, and international resources available through Cornell University allows HVL scientists to review the best available information, tailor that information to meet the needs of regional agricultural producers, conduct additional on-site research as necessary, and deliver the appropriate information to growers in a timely manner. HVL scientists also act as the "eyes and ears" for their campus-based colleagues, keeping them informed of research needs and technological innovations in the eastern New York horticultural industries.
Scientists at Hudson Valley Lab are an essential part of the network that keeps New York green by helping New York farmers compete for local, domestic and world markets for horticultural products.