Meanwhile, the Binghamton University Forum, which brings together academics with community leaders, heard a presentation today about how agriculture is helping to drive the state’s economy.
State Ag and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball spoke to the group during a luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Ball says the state has a lot going for it when it comes to farming, from good access to land and water to good soil to close proximity to the New York City market.
New York currently ranks in the top 10 of about 30 different commodities.
Ball says he wants community leaders to see the bigger picture. “Agriculture gets thought of as farmers growing food and maybe an end user somewhere along the line. I want to point out that there’s a food system which is much bigger than just growing and eating. That actually involves a lot of technology, a lot of food safety, a lot of science, a lot of logistics, a lot of transportation and an awful lot of potential for careers.”
Ball says controlled environment agriculture, or greenhouses, are becoming more important as consumers want more of their food grown closer to home.