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Business Development

Business Development in New York State
Helping to Protect and Grow Businesses

Agriculture is a major driver of New York's economy, contributing billions of dollars in sales annually. Our Department is dedicated to growing the industry and raising consumer awareness of local food and beverages through promotion, education, and financial and technical assistance.

From marketing programs such as the Taste NY and NYS Grown & Certified® programs, to assistance with exporting products or starting a new farm operation, the Department works with the agricultural community to connect farms to new markets, increase sales and exposure of New York products, and help protect and grow businesses across the state.

Programs Reach New Customers

Taste NY introduces consumers to the world-class products made right here in New York, helping to create new economic opportunities for our farmers and for our food and beverage producers.

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USDA Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program
The Department is eligible to receive nearly $20 million through a new United States Department of Agriculture and Markets (USDA) grant opportunity. Funds will be used to provide grants for infrastructure projects that strengthen the New York food system by expanding capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, or distribution of targeted local and regional agricultural products.
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USDA Regional Food Business Center Grant Opportunity
USDA’s announcement of the Regional Food Business Center Program has been met with a large amount of interest and excitement. The Department is currently collaborating with other state departments of agriculture, land grant universities, and other key partners to identify a broad northeast region and envision a center that can serve a wide range of farm and food businesses and meet the long-term goals of the region. Learn more about the opportunity and how to submit your comments at the links below.
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Farm Employer Overtime Credit Advance
You may qualify for a refundable tax credit.
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Connect With the Right Resources
Make sure you stay in the know about our programs, partnerships, and funding opportunities that can help your business thrive.

Small Business Liaison

Our agency's small business liaison is here to help you connect with resources, find answers to your inquiries, and get in touch with the right contacts within the Department.
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