Vineyard Improvement Program FAQ’s

Can I get a contract on a vineyard that I already removed?

Maybe. If you began work before April 12, 2018 (the date of the Concord Summit), it will not qualify. If you began work after that date and are able to document work done, you can apply for the program. Otherwise the work should begin after the contract is established.

Can I replant Concords?

Yes. If the business plan shows that by keeping it as a Concord vineyard there will be an increase in production, enhanced farm profitability, and/or increased environmental compatibility of the farm operation or IPM compatibility with neighboring vineyards.

Is drainage work included in the land preparation?

All reasonable costs are eligible and need to be itemized. The landowner/vineyard manager can be reimbursed up to $3,000 per acre ($1,500 for removal and $1,500 for replant). Drainage work would be considered as part of replanting.

When will I receive the money?

Because this is a reimbursement program, the money will be distributed once all work is done, receipts submitted, and final site visit has been completed.

Can I get help with my Business Plan/Budget?

Absolutely! All are welcome to call Kevin Martin at CLEREL at (716)792-2800 Ext. 202

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