Borrello, cognizant of the state's burgeoning craft brewing industry that is required to use at least 50% of ingredients produced in-state, has announced plans to develop an incentives program to assist farmers who supply raw materials -- hops as well as oats, barley, and malt, for example -- to the brewing and distilling industries, and incentives to help the manufacturers themselves.
He says the program, to be named Grow Chautauqua, will help offset the costs associated with farm production infrastructure, equipment purchases, and certain soft costs not typically covered through existing programs and traditional lenders. As part of the program, the county also would seek to make county-owned sites available to farmers interested in participating in the program, thereby putting fallow land back into productive use.
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