Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

April 09, 2008

$1 Million in Agri-Tourism Grants to be Announced

Thursday, April 10 at 1:00 pm at Baranís Vineyard in Westfield

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will announce more than $1 million in funding for 51 agri-tourism projects throughout the State. Western New York has nine local agri-tourism projects that will receive more than $200,000 in funding.

New Yorkís agriculture and tourism industries are two of the leading sectors in the Stateís economy. When combined, they offer significant opportunities for industry and community enrichment and growth in every region of the State.

Agri-tourism generates income, creates jobs, provides economic diversification and stabilization, and attracts tourists and the dollars they spend. It can also help preserve rural lifestyles, increase awareness and appreciation of agriculture, enhance community pride, and help protect farms and agri-businesses by adding value to existing operations.

All media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHO: New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

New York State Senator Catharine Young

Several Agri-Tourism Grant Recipients from Western New York

WHAT: $1 million in agri-tourism grants; Western New York to receive $200,000

WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm

WHERE: Baranís Vineyard, 193 W. Main Street, Westfield, New York

For more information regarding the announcement, please contact Jessica Chittenden with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3136 (office) or 518-527-3949 (cell).

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