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First projects awarded under $5m Empire State agricultural program

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Staff writer ▼ | March 25, 2016
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the first two major projects awarded under the $5 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement program.
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These regionally significant projects received grants totaling more than $1.1 million, and will provide educational and training opportunities, support expansion and diversification opportunities for farmers, and improve economic viability in the Southern Tier.

The Broome County Cornell Cooperative Extension was awarded $500,000 for a one-stop Agriculture Development Center and a Taste NY Market in Broome County, and $627,055 was awarded to Cornell University for the Stocker Cattle Initiative to further training and research in this industry well-suited for Southern Tier farmers.

“The state is investing in the Southern Tier like never before – and these new projects no doubt keep the momentum going,” Governor Cuomo said.

“A robust and competitive agriculture industry is key to the Southern Tier’s success, and this initiative provides vital resources that promote growth into the next century – creating more jobs and boosting the region’s economy.”

The new projects complement “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint created under the Governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative to generate economic growth and community development.

The Southern Tier’s plan invests in agriculture as one of the four key pillars of the region’s economy. The state has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region, including $30 million in agriculture-related projects, since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan.

The Governor’s $30 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement program will double the state’s commitment to growing the agricultural industry in the Southern Tier.