Ideally located in the heart of the fertile Hudson Valley growing region, the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory in Highland, New York, is a critical resource for this major production area of pome fruit and vegetable in Ulster County.
The scientists and researchers affiliated with the HVRL are dedicated to solving agricultural production problems, with an emphasis on the communication of time-sensitive information to growers.
The HVRL is an independent 501(c)3 organization. A key partnership is this research is with Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a relationship that has evolved over time. Since 2013, in an effort to most effectively reach the broad needs of stakeholders in this region, the model for funding and collaboration has been growing to become a model of public-private partnerships in support of agricultural research.
In the coming years, the HVRL will retain strong tree fruit research programs, focused on disease and insect pest management while supporting horticultural production practices, diversifying further into commodity research on small fruit, vegetables and regional grains.
Our research and extension outreach program is directed by Cornell University’s Departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and Horticulture, located at the Hudson Valley Laboratory, in Highland, NY. We are a part of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, with the laboratory building owned by a non-profit cooperative tree fruit grower organization (HVRL Inc.). This cooperative partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) has provided agriculural Research and Extension on Tree Fruits and Vegetables in the Hudson Valley since 1923. Research-based information continues to be provided to New York farmers through educational programs organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and participating associations.
Horticultural plant protection programs at the Hudson Valley Lab are especially important to sustaining the viability of agriculture in the Hudson Valley and Northeast as agricultural production is ultimately the best way to preserve open space and economic stability in the rapidly developing corridor between Albany and New York City.