With a focus on local foods as an important economic driver in the Southern Tier, plans for a new agriculture development center were unveiled in the Spring of 2016. The new center, located on Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County’s campus, is being funded through $500,000 from the state’s Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement program as well as a $750,000 Assembly grant secured by Assemblywoman Lupardo. Additional funds from the Hoyt and Ahearn Foundations and CCE, will be used to renovate the Cutler House, which is next door to CCE on Front St. The new facility will be home to classrooms, a commercial kitchen, and a new TasteNY market; all of which will be used to educate and train current and future food producers and help them bring their products to market.

Left: the old Cutler House on the CCE Broome campus will be transformed into a new Agriculture Development Center. Right: Assemblywoman Lupardo and Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets Richard Ball review plans for the new center.

Above: renderings of the new Agriculture Development Center at CCE Broome.