Strengthening New York's Grape Industry
Governor Cuomo announced several new initiatives to strengthen New York's Concord grape industry, including an investment of more than $1.3 million in the Vineyard Improvement Program.
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The New York State Grown & Certified program is expanding to include the New York maple industry, increasing exposure for New York's maple producers.
The Taste NY-sponsored networking opportunity is a special event designed to connect Finger Lakes farms and food and beverage businesses with new markets and to boost tourism in the region.
New York State is now home to 400 breweries, surpassing the previous record of 393 breweries set in 1876.
Growing New York State's local farm, food, and beverage producers in 2017.
Total gross sales of New York products from Taste NY stores, cafés, bars, concessions and events topped last year's sales totals by $3 million.
Governor Cuomo's FY 2019 Budget includes a proposal to create a license for farm meaderies.
The number of craft beverage manufacturers has grown by 50 percent since the enactment of the Craft New York Act three years ago.
The new Welcome Center is located at Destiny USA in Syracuse and includes a Taste NY Market with food and gifts from many local producers.
The Agriculture Development Center will provide educational and training opportunities to Southern Tier farmers, and includes a Taste NY Market to promote the Southern Tier's food and beverage products.
A North Country Welcome Center will be established near the Thousand Islands Bridge to promote local attractions, foods, craft beverages, and other destinations.