Catt. Co. Ag

Cattaraugus County Agriculture


The Cornell Vegetable Program is one of the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county region in the Western part of the state. The team's Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the industry. The Cornell Vegetable Program provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, our program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, and cultural practices.Growers and agri-business professionals mustenroll in our programto benefit from many of our educational offerings including our newsletter, direct mailings, and pest alerts. The Cornell Vegetable Program is supported, in part, by twelve county Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Western New York:Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara,Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties. There are approximately 30,000 acres of vineyard in the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania grown on 840 farms, making this the largest grape growing region outside of California. Of this acreage, 98.5% consists of Labrusca (American Grape) varieties such as 'Concord' and 'Niagara' which are used for juice, jam and other fresh or fermented products. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program consists of Extension Educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell University and Penn State University devoted to projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and pest management strategies. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is supported, in part, by five county Cornell Cooperative Extensions including:Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties in New Yorkand Erie County in Pennsylvania.

Last updated January 20, 2023