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Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Extension Educator, Business Management

CLEREL
6592 West Main Road
Portland, NY 14769

phone 716-792-2800 x205
fax 716-792-2805


Kevin Martin has had a lifelong interest in the Lake Erie Grape Region.  While he didn't know it at the time, growing up on a vineyard was providing invaluable future job experience.  He did not realize, initially, his professional interests would lead to a career related to his childhood experiences.  With a Juris Doctorate and a graduate degree in Public Administration, his work now focuses on business and financial planning.  He also provides benchmarking to analyze the costs and benefits of evolving production practices.  Technology, including canopy sensors, is a current hot topic facilitating an evolution in management strategies going forward.

calendar of events

Upcoming Events

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 3, 2017
10:00am
Lake City, PA

Come join the LERGP team and fellow growers for pertinent discussion on what is happening in your vineyard right now.
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LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 10, 2017
10:00am
Portland, NY

Come join the LERGP team and fellow growers for pertinent discussion on what is happening in your vineyard right now.
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LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 17, 2017
10:00am
Brant, NY

Come join the LERGP team and fellow growers for pertinent discussion on what is happening in your vineyard right now.
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Announcements

Check out our new Podcasts!

It is hard to be within sight of Lake Erie without seeing at least one of the 30,000 acres of grapes that make up the Lake Erie grape belt in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara Counties in New York and Erie County in Pennsylvania. Have you ever wondered what is going on in those vineyards? One of the aims of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) extension team is to provide the most up to date, research-based information to assist the grape growers in the Lake Erie region. Current LERGP programming is aimed at helping growers to be environmentally and economically sustainable in their grape production practices. Members of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program research and extension team have added weekly podcasts to their information transfer tools. It is often difficult for growers to get out of the vineyard and to a meeting, so now they can access it from the comfort of their own homes. These podcasts can be of interest to those who are not mainstream growers as well. Whether you are currently looking to start a vineyard, have vines in your backyard or are just interested in the Lake Erie grape industry, if this week’s podcast doesn’t interest you, next week’s could. Tim Weigle, Senior Extension Associate with the NYS IPM Program, enlisted the help of the LERGP team and the team’s media specialist, Damian Dodd, to create weekly podcasts aimed at giving timely information to regional grape growers to aid them in their vineyard management. These podcasts, also called vlogs (video blogs), are brief, approximately 3-7 minutes in length, but packed full of useful information. The podcasts will range from general information on subjects like “What is LERGP?” to more specific topics like how to determine when to purchase fertilizer for the upcoming season. There are 6 podcasts posted to date, these include:
Podcast #1 “What is LERGP?” with Dr. Terry Bates and Luke Haggerty
Podcast #2 “Fertilizer Prices” with Dr. Terry Bates and Kevin Martin
Podcast #3 “Dr. Cain Hickey Reflects” with Drs. Terry Bates and Cain Hickey
Podcast #4 “Dr. Terry Bates Reflects SCRI Year 1” with Drs. Terry Bates and Cain Hickey
Podcast #5 “A full Description of LERGP” with Tim Weigle and Luke Haggerty
Podcast #6 “What is NEWA?” with Tim Weigle and Luke Haggerty

To access these useful videos, you can visit the new Lake Erie Regional Grape Program website at http://lergp.com and click on the Podcast link on the right of the screen. If you would like to be alerted when a new podcast is posted, you can subscribe to the channel by clicking “Subscribe” and an email will be sent when updates are made. Suggestions for future podcasts are welcome and can be made by commenting in the comments box on the YouTube channel or by leaving a comment on the LERGP website “Contact Us” page. If you would like more information on some of the programs being conducted by LERGP, please visit the Efficient Vineyard website https://www.efficientvineyard.com/ to see what is happening with their USDA/NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project.



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