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Farm-Based Beverages

Farm-Based BeveragesSince 2012, New York State has supported the craft beverage industry by working to cut red tape, increase demand for locally grown farm products, and expand industry-related tourism and economic development. With a growing demand for locally grown inputs, many types of new markets have developed and continue to develop for NY's farmers. In response to this growth, research and education efforts are increasing as members of the farm-based beverage supply chains continues to expand. Harvest NY specialists strive to identify the challenges within these growing markets and work with researchers, production specialists, industry, and policy makers to overcome these barriers.


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Insuring Malting Barley in New York Factsheet (2019)

Last Modified: May 21, 2019
Insuring Malting Barley in New York Factsheet (2019)

Are you a malting barley grower considering crop insurance? This factsheet provides on the crop insurance policies, where in New York you can insure malting barley, and important deadlines to keep in mind.

Malting Barley: Keys to Successful Production in New York State

Last Modified: May 24, 2018
Malting Barley: Keys to Successful Production in New York State

This comprehensive guide, developed by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists, provides 10 essential malting barley production recommendations for growers in New York State.

Hard Cider Supply Chain Analysis

Lindsey Pashow, Ag Business Development & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: March 23, 2018
Hard Cider Supply Chain Analysis

Hard cider is a fast-growing craft beverage industry in New York, in part due to the passage of the Farm Cider Law in 2013, which affords licensees certain benefits, but requires the use of New York-grown agricultural products. With increasing market demand for hard cider variety apples, there may be challenges with sourcing specialty cider apples, such as bittersharps, bittersweets and heirloom dual purpose (dessert/cider).  

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NY Crop Insurance Availability by County & Crop

Apiculture, Dairy-RP, LGM, Nursery, PRF and WFRP policies are available throughout the entire state. Here is a table showing RMA crop insurance availability by county and crop in New York State.  

If a crop is not covered in your county, you may still be eligible for a written agreement for that crop. Please contact an insurance agent to see if this is an option for you.

More information about crop insurance is available through Cornell's New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

Beginning Producer Benefits for Crop Insurance

A qualifying beginning producer can potentially receive benefits in the crop insurance program. These benefits are designed to help start your operation. In this article, Stephen Hadcock, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, outlines the 4 crop insurance benefits available to beginning producers.
1) An exemption from paying the administrative fee for catastrophic coverage and additional coverage.
2) Receive an additional 10 percentage points of premium subsidy for additional coverage policies with a subsidy premium.
3) Utilize the actual production history (APH) of a farming operation that producer was previously involved in.
4) Utilize 80% of an applicable T-yield, instead of the normal 60%, as a substitute Yield Adjustment.