The Hudson Valley Laboratory and associated buildings were constructed by the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, Inc. (HVRL), a non-profit farmer-owned corporation dedicated to supporting research that will benefit the fruit and vegetable industries. HVRL owns the lab building and 25 acres of research orchards designed and developed for scientific study.
The 7,000 square-foot laboratory building houses four labs that are well-equipped for applied research. Other buildings include two greenhouses, three walk-in cold rooms, a shop, and an eight-bay parking garage, a pole barn for farm equipment and a modern pesticide storage facility. ! HVL provides a base of operations that allows Cornell scientists to conduct research on problems not easily investigated by scientists at Ithaca or Geneva.
HVL scientists conduct much of their research on commercial farms with assistance and support provided by the farm owners. HVL is permanently staffed with research scientists specializing in horticulture, plant, pathology, and entomology, along with related support personnel. Each scientist is a faculty member in their respective department at Cornell University.
The four Cornell Cooperative Extension educators located at the Hudson Valley Lab are specialists in tree fruit, berries and grapes, vegetables, and organic production.