State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District, recently secured $1 million in funding to establish the Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture Innovation at New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.
Centers of excellence develop and commercialize new products and technologies, promote private sector investment in high-tech fields, strengthen and grow workforce training and expand technology-related businesses and employment.
Food production jobs in the Finger Lakes increased 20 percent since 2010. The center’s goal is to promote economic growth throughout the region and state by making connections among researchers, farmers, processors, businesses and consumers.
Funding will provide entrepreneurship training, business mentorship and access to business space at Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva. Participants will connect with commercial kitchens, food hubs and co-packing facilities. The center will foster collaboration and technical product commercialization assistance between Cornell research scientists and businesses to promote the use of technologies that define future farm and food systems.
Article is from the Daily Messenger