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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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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Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Join us on Thursday nights in February as we begin to think through small scale farming as a business (rather than a hobby) and learn what it takes to start and manage a farm business using a mix of in-classroom education, peer support & self-study.

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Learn to Grow Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Join us on Saturday February 10th for a presentation by Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens on this emerging market for farmers and growers. We'll learn proper propagation techniques, equipment necessary to grow and harvest and market opportunities!

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Become a Beekeeper

Join the Southern Tier Beekeepers on Saturday January 27th for one of two sessions and learn everything you need to know about becoming a successful beekeeper! There will be an overview of equipment, bee biology and a year in the apiary!

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Brian Aukema
Agriculture Team Lead
(607) 584-9967

Last updated December 28, 2017