Farm-based beverage licences undergo increase
ALBANY — The number of New York’s farm-based beverage licenses for distilleries, wineries, breweries and cideries has risen 72 percent since 2011, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Legislation has been enacted to help these businesses open new markets across the state, and additional agricultural businesses have been created as a result of new licenses signed into law by the governor. Existing farm-based beverage businesses have also grown exponentially as a result of policies and initiatives put in place at the request of industry leaders.
“The tremendous growth in the farm-based beverage industry over the past three years is a testament to how state government is creating new economic opportunities for local businesses to grow and thrive,” Cuomo said. “With our help, New York’s beverage producers are creating jobs on farms and in communities all throughout the state, as well as providing a significant boost to the state’s agricultural and tourism industries. The Taste NY initiative has been a vital part of this success, helping to raise the profile of our home-grown businesses and spreading the word that New York’s beer, wine, cider and spirits are truly among the best in the world.”
In October 2012, the governor hosted the state’s first ever Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit to identify ways that New York state could encourage growth in the industry. Summit participants asked for assistance from the state with their marketing efforts. As a result of these requests, Cuomo launched Taste NY to further open markets for New York’s food and beverage industries. Part of efforts to promote agribusiness across the state, Taste NY is being marketed through a range of promotional efforts, including Taste NY tents at important events, Taste NY stores in transportation hubs and a dedicated website, www.taste.ny.gov.
Crop Congress to be held at Miner Institute
CHAZY — Miner Institute’s annual Crop Congress meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center, 586 Ridge Road, Chazy. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Miner Institute Agronomist Eric Young will provide an update on tile drainage research. Mike Hunter, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson and Lewis Counties, will discuss short-season and annual forage options for delayed planting or failed seeding situations.
Allison Chatrchyan, director of Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, will discuss climate change and its potential impact on Northern New York farms. Sarah Johnston, State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will discuss new options in crop insurance.
Professor Russ Hahn, Cornell University Crop and Soil Science Department, will discuss important aspects of acetochlor, herbicide resistant weeds and mixed seedings using Roundup Ready alfalfa. Professor Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University Animal Science Department, will discuss double cropping with winter cereal crops to reduce forage production risks.
Crop Congress is organized in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension and is open to the public at no charge. Network with vendors before the meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. Door prizes are available and hot lunch is offered for $5 per person.
Pre-register for Crop Congress or get more information by contacting Wanda Emerich, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 846-7121, Ext. 117.