Agriculture

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. 

Check out our NEW Ag Happenings newsletter!

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Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit

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.

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Develop a Farm Business Plan

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.

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Join us for a discussion on Emerging Opportunities for Agriculture

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!

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Join us on April 25th & 26th for a Produce Safety Alliance Training!

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!

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Contact

Brian Aukema
Agriculture Team Lead
bja14@cornell.edu
(607) 584-9967

Last updated February 16, 2018