Reed Announces Grant for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County for "Farm Trail" Project
Congressman Tom Reed announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $51,000 grant to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County for the Finger Lakes Farm Country project.
"I care about the growing agribusiness economy in the Finger Lakes Region. This grant will help boost tourism and create jobs, putting more money in the hardworking individuals’ pockets leading to a better future in this region we call home.” Reed said.
The grant will be a collaborative effort between the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations and the Tourism Promotion agencies in Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, and Yates counties. The knowledge of these partners will help analyze the current agritourism business in the region and will hold outreach and training workshops for potential businesses to participate in the “Farm Trail” program that will lead to an additional 40,000 day time and 8,000 overnight visitors to the Southern Tier.“Finger Lakes Farm Country is a collaborative project that will bolster agriculture economic development and bring more tourism to our beautiful region. We are grateful for this Appalachian Regional Commission funding that allows us to support farmers and build strong connections between Extension and Tourism in the Southern Tier,” said Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County Executive Director, Larkin Podsiedlik.