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.
Join us on Tuesday evenings in October 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.
If your goal is to launch a specialty food business, then this program is for you. This one-day seminar will provide future food entrepreneurs with a grounding in food business basics, and knowledge of the critical issues to consider before starting.
Fruit & vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend.
Last updated October 10, 2017