Agriculture: a booming business for Broome

By Caroline Goggin

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

A press conference held Tuesday was all about finding ways to educate the community on agriculture.

How exactly does one do that? Officials suggest taking it into schools and teaching kids.

Donna Lupardo stood next to county farm leaders to express the potential success the agriculture industry holds.

Agriculture is a $5 billion industry in New York.

In Broome County, farms are popping up and creating opportunities for local products, which will stimulate local economy.

The state is number one in the production of pumpkins. It is number two in the production of maple syrup, apples, and squash. It is also number three in wine and grape juice.

Some other important products in the state are sour cream, cottage cheese, and yogurt.

Assemblywoman Lupardo said she believes these statistics speak for themselves.

"We're talking about products that can start off as small batches in commercial kitchens, but then also can become huge manufacturing opportunities to help revitalize our manufacturing base," Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said. "We've been focusing on electronics and small scale packaging, but this is another equally important sector of the community."

Lupardo also stressed that the Southern Tier is at the beginning of what could make an enormous economic impact and an impact on the health of citizens.