Broome County’s diverse agricultural and horticulture industry encompasses over one-third of the county land mass with businesses in every town and municipality. Direct sales of local products generate $30.7 million annually which translates into $100 million community dollars as well as direct employment of 900 people and indirect support of community businesses.
Agriculture in the county continues to change with a decrease in traditional dairy farms which is offset by the growth of farms marketing a diverse range of products such as vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry, fiber products, timber products, maple syrup, and other specialty farm items.
Check out our "Economic Impact of Broome County Agriculture " statement from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
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Starting Jan 1, 2018 farm businesses in New York will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 tax credit annually for 25% of their food donation to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, that includes a food bank, food pantry, soup kitchen or other emergency food site.
During this five part series participants will work through the various sections of a business plan for their agricultural venture. You will set goals, research processing alternatives, determine potential markets, and evaluate financing options.
Join on Tuesday March 13th as we discuss emerging opportunities for established beginning farmers! Hear from the experts on cultivating a workforce, starting a value-added food enterprise, and farm to institution/restaurant! Leave with a plan!
Produce grower educators and those working in farm to school will want to join us on April 25th & 26th as the Produce Safety Alliance provides detailed information on GAPs, FSMA rule requirements and a review of the grower training curriculum!
Last updated February 16, 2018