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Finger Lakes businesses get federal grant

Rochester, N.Y. – Two farms and two small businesses in the Finger Lakes region will benefit from a $643,800 federal funding grant, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced Thursday.

Lagoner Farms in Wayne County, TreeCrisp2Go in Monroe County, Casa Larga Vineyards in Wayne County, RT Solutions in Livingston County and Crosswinds Farm and Creamery in Seneca County will all receive part of the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grant Program.

“We need our farmer to thrive if we’re going to have a strong and growing economy in New York,” Senator Gillibrand said in a statement. “This a great investment for these local farms and small businesses in the Rochester Finger Lakes community and will help ensure they get the needed resources to bring their products to market and continue to drive the economic growth in their region and across the state.”

The funds to Lagoner Farms will help the farm start a hard cider business.

Casa Larga will use the funds to renovate a barn on their property.

The federal funds sent to TreeCrisp2Go will be used for increasing marketing capabilities and raise awareness for a new product.

Due to the federal grant, production can begin at RT Solutions on a new product for organic farmers.

Crosswinds Farm and Creamery will use the funds to improve current production and increase marketing.

The Value-Added Producer Grant Program is meant to help boost income for farms and increase productivity.

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Washington Times