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​Pennsylvania Peach and Nectarine Research Program

The Pennsylvania Peach and Nectarine Research Program represents each producer who grows 500 or more peach and/or nectarine trees, of all ages, for sale or marketing.  Funds collected from producers through the Program are to be used exclusively for peach and nectarine production research. The Secretary of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Peach and Nectarine Research Program Board may cooperate with any other state or federal agency or other organization whose activities may be deemed beneficial.

Guidelines and Uses

Peach and Nectarine Production Research includes but is not limited to conduct research on:

  • Pests
  • Diseases
  • Varietals
  • Tree Spacing
  • Canopy Management
  • Mechanization

Funding Opportunities

Funds are made available annually.  The request for proposals is sent out through the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools in November of each year. 

Proposals are reviewed and awarded by the Pennsylvania Peach and Nectarine Research Program Board at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, which typically takes place either the last week of January or the first week of February.

How to Apply

Reporting Requirements

Grantees are required to provide a biannual progress report on their research.  Reporting is based on the deliverables stated within the proposal and is due every October 1 and April 1 to the resource account,



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