Project Participants

Technology Adoption and Outreach Group

Associate CE Specialist

Matthew Fidelibus

Matthew Fidelibus’s laboratory conducts applied and basic research on grapes for raisin, table, and wine. Broad goals are to develop or refine cultural practices that: reduce production cost, improve yields and quality, or all of these. In raisin systems he is most interested in the effects of different canopy management systems on vine physiology and on raisin drying. In table grapes, his current focus is refining nitrogen fertilizer recommendations. Presently, his wine grape work includes evaluations of newly introduced wine grape cultivars with good potential for warm climate regions. In this SCRI project, he is helping to extend research findings and technological developments to table grape growers.

Program Aide II

Kim Knappenberger

Kim Knappenberger is the Program Aide II for the Adoption and Outreach portion of the SCRI “Efficient Vineyard” project.

Originally from Erie, PA., Kim received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Thiel College in Greenville, PA.   She has been involved in a number of projects at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) in both the vineyards and hop yards.  She has also been responsible for the collection of data for the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program.  The largest impact Kim has had on the industry is that she has created GIS maps of thousands of acres of vineyards across the Lake Erie Grape Belt.  These maps are the base upon which the research information is built so that growers are able to see where changes in management need to be made to get a better harvest from their vineyards.

Kim’s priorities for this project will be to work with research and extension team members to ensure project outcomes are documented and reported in a timely manner.

Extension Educator, Business Mgmt.

Kevin Martin

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.