Chobani grants aid central New York agriculture development


Yogurt maker Chobani is granting $36,333 to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County to help start a agriculture business center, the company announced.

The grant is among Chobani’s $200,000 in Community Impact Funds designed to fuel ideas from community organizations and expanded economic opportunity and entrepreneurship in central New York.

The Madison County grant will fund the initial phase of development of an Agricultural Support and Launch Center for Business Enhancement and Entrepreneurship, which will address the need for education and mentorship, as well as computer and software access for farmers and producers in Madison County.

Other grants include:

• Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County, $27,082 to support training of new and existing farmers in product conception, development, and implementation to bring new products to market.

• The Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network, $26,235 to assist 20 farmers in the four-county area to increase the sustainability and profitability of their farms by growing value-added grains. Through educational events and one-on-one mentoring, farmers will develop greater capacity in producing and processing techniques and connections to existing, undersupplied markets.

• Rural Health Network SCNY, $60,000 to build regional partnerships, programming, and infrastructure to increase local food purchasing by school districts in Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego Counties.

• Salt City Harvest Farm, $50,050 for immigrant farmers by developing a “farming cluster” that provides the critical resources of land, shared infrastructure, equipment, and managerial capacity for launching viable new farm operations. The funding will help farmers living in Delaware, Chenango, Madison, and Otsego counties.


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