New York Apple Growers, LLC Obtains License To New Apple Varieties

NYAG LLC, better known as New York Apple Growers, has completed negotiations with Cornell University to obtain the exclusive license to two new apple varieties.

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These two varieties, currently known as NY 1 and NY 2, have been developed by the Cornell Apple Breeding program led by Dr. Susan Brown. Both apples have excellent appearance, flavor, and crispness.

NYAG has surveyed all New York growers regarding their interest in joining NYAG. There have been positive responses from 170 growers, including 70 grower direct marketers. These growers expressed a desire to plant about 1,000 acres of the NY 1 and NY 2 cultivars. Currently, only New York growers are eligible to join NYAG and to plant, grow, and market the licensed varieties.

NYAG will be contracting with grower members to manage the distribution of the acreage and ultimately the packing and marketing of the fruit. NYAG will be sublicensing packinghouses and marketers in order to offer premium retuns to growers for the sale of this fruit. Revenues derived from royalties of these initial varieties will be shared with Cornell University to provide funding for breeding work to create future selections suited to the New York climate. As a result, NYAG growers will be funding directly into the apple breeding program.

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Is it fair that you get Federal dollars to help you with these new varieties yet you think you can keep them in state???

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

And is it fair that you get NY taxpayer $$ and don’t let anyone in NY freely grow them. This is yet another awful precedent, but money greases all wheels, especially if Cornell administrators can pad their salary and benefits.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

WOW ! WOW !
How can U use federal and public money to do breeding progams and then restrict distibution.
Shame on you.
You can make more money if you distribute it to the whole world. Just charge more for royalty.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

FYI. All NY growers can join NYAG, even direct marketers.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

How unfair that growers in other states do not have access to these new varieties. Some states do not have universities that develop new varities so are growers in those states going to be locked out of all these new varities. Sweet Tango and now these 2 new varieties. Not fair!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Here we go again with a PUBLIC university supported with TAX DOLLARS developing new varieties to be snatched up by private grower groups. Any and all products that come from this universities research facility should be open to all who wish to purchase the trees. They should be available on the OPEN market and not through a licensing group. This is federal subsidizing of the apple industry for personal profit of those that can afford the fees. There must be some sort of legal ramifications here but I am sure no one can afford the time or money to pursue it. Shame on you guys in NYAG.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Yes, grower guy, I could join NYAG if I wanted to. I don’t. Btw NYAG was formed specifically to do this, and there were no other “competitors”. Sounds fishy. Really goes against the great history of Land Grant U’s working to help all farmers. In Washington State, their first new variety is somewhat restricted, but then the next ones are going to be public, I’m pretty sure. Good for them.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Unfortunately, these public universities don’t get enough money to support the years of labor and effort that go into developing a single apple variety. If they can’t find some other way to support their programs financially, they will cease to exist. Is that a better option?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Rebecca- I say unload some of the worthless administrative bureaucracy at Cornell and keep the breeding programs going. Make the publicly-developed varieties free to the public. Why is it sell to the highest bidder? Maybe China would pony up the most $$ for them, then we could be at more of a disadvantage. It’s a bad trend that is happening here– a new phenomenon with the Land Grant Universities that should make them ashamed of themselves. Happy to pay the royalties to support the program, but no more than that.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Is it fair that you get Federal dollars to help you with these new varieties yet you think you can keep them in state???

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

And is it fair that you get NY taxpayer $$ and don’t let anyone in NY freely grow them. This is yet another awful precedent, but money greases all wheels, especially if Cornell administrators can pad their salary and benefits.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

WOW ! WOW !
How can U use federal and public money to do breeding progams and then restrict distibution.
Shame on you.
You can make more money if you distribute it to the whole world. Just charge more for royalty.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

FYI. All NY growers can join NYAG, even direct marketers.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

How unfair that growers in other states do not have access to these new varieties. Some states do not have universities that develop new varities so are growers in those states going to be locked out of all these new varities. Sweet Tango and now these 2 new varieties. Not fair!

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Here we go again with a PUBLIC university supported with TAX DOLLARS developing new varieties to be snatched up by private grower groups. Any and all products that come from this universities research facility should be open to all who wish to purchase the trees. They should be available on the OPEN market and not through a licensing group. This is federal subsidizing of the apple industry for personal profit of those that can afford the fees. There must be some sort of legal ramifications here but I am sure no one can afford the time or money to pursue it. Shame on you guys in NYAG.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Yes, grower guy, I could join NYAG if I wanted to. I don’t. Btw NYAG was formed specifically to do this, and there were no other “competitors”. Sounds fishy. Really goes against the great history of Land Grant U’s working to help all farmers. In Washington State, their first new variety is somewhat restricted, but then the next ones are going to be public, I’m pretty sure. Good for them.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Unfortunately, these public universities don’t get enough money to support the years of labor and effort that go into developing a single apple variety. If they can’t find some other way to support their programs financially, they will cease to exist. Is that a better option?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Rebecca- I say unload some of the worthless administrative bureaucracy at Cornell and keep the breeding programs going. Make the publicly-developed varieties free to the public. Why is it sell to the highest bidder? Maybe China would pony up the most $$ for them, then we could be at more of a disadvantage. It’s a bad trend that is happening here– a new phenomenon with the Land Grant Universities that should make them ashamed of themselves. Happy to pay the royalties to support the program, but no more than that.