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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Wednesdays = Vestal Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 9am-1pm in the parking lot of the Vestal Library you can find a farmers market that has been there more than 25 years! They have local farms with fruits, vegetables, baked goods, maple syrup and more!

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Thursdays Shop the Farmers Market at the Endicott Visitor Center

​Thursdays from 4:30-7pm you will find a farmers market on the lawn of the Endicott Visitor Center! All types of local produce and hand crafted items. Pop-in food vendors as well! Some weeks you will find SNAP food demonstrations or other CCE staff.

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Growing Organic Garlic for Profit - Sat July 8th!

​Learning the production of garlic requires specific knowledge of the plant & the human interventions it requires. We will discuss all aspects of the plant and then walk through the life cycle from fall field preparation to post-season harvest.

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Contact

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

Last updated June 23, 2017