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Bill Will Allow Cornell, Broome CC to Manufacture Beer, Wine

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A legislative package designed to support New York’s food and beverage industry has been signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul.

Legislation S.7085/A.7293 authorizes the manufacture of beer, spirits, cider, wine, and mead at SUNY Broome Community College and the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This will allow schools to offer workforce development and other innovative academic opportunities for students interested in alcohol production.

State Senator Lea Webb said, “New York State’s robust farm and craft beverage industry will be stronger because of the research and educational programming at both Cornell University College of Agricultural Life Sciences and SUNY Broome. I am pleased that the Governor has signed this legislation, which is of critical importance to these institutions within my senate district. The continued growth of both culinary and craft beverage programs at these institutions further supports New York State’s robust farm and craft beverage industry which includes breweries, wineries, and distilleries. These two community partners play a pivotal role in the growth of agritourism, which will facilitate continued job growth for our region.”

Legislation S.1054/A.4113 will increase the number of cuisine and craft beverage trails in New York State. These trails showcase food and beverages made by local farms and agricultural producers to New Yorkers and tourists. Expanding the number of trails builds on Governor Hochul’s continued efforts to support local food production as well as New York State’s tourism economy.

“New York’s farmers and producers drive our state’s world-class food and beverage industry, attracting tourism and supporting our economy,” Governor Hochul said. “Through this legislation, we’re raising a glass to our state’s agriculture community while also helping the next generation of New Yorkers have the opportunity to pursue their passion.”

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