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29 Design Studio wins agri-marketing awards (access required)

Maureen Ballatori says her marketing agency, 29 Design Studio, is passionate about working with clients in the food and agriculture sectors (provided photo).

29 Design Studio won three first-place marketing awards, along with a merit award, in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) regional content. 29 Design Studio, based in Geneva, specializes in branding and marketing for food, beverage and agriculture. The agency won ...

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Geneva Tech Park receives nearly $1.5 million in federal funding (access required)


A 72-acre agricultural park in Geneva will receive a more than $1.4 million influx of federal funding. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said last week that the federal Economic Development Administration had allocated $1.47 million for the Cornell ...

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Hemp’s been around forever, but the industry is still emerging (access required)

Larry Smart

Man has been using hemp and finding new uses for it for thousands of years, but it’s still emerging and developing as a plant and as an industry today. Hemp is defined in New York by the Department of Health ...

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Number of home-based food businesses skyrocket (access required)


The number of new home-based processor businesses under the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets umbrella ballooned by nearly 56 percent in 2020. There were 1,538 newly registered home processors, according to information released by the state this ...

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Shift to food and ag was the right recipe for 29 Design Studio (access required)

Maureen Ballatori

Change isn’t always an easy thing, even when it’s your own idea. There’s often a little fear of the unknown, especially when the status quo hasn’t been so bad. As such, feelings of angst don’t necessarily subside quickly. Still, Maureen ...

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Brockport turkey farm thankful for spike in business (access required)


What had been projected to be a difficult year for Ridgecrest Turkey Farm in Brockport is turning out to be just fine. The COVID-19 crisis had slowed orders for the 1,200 free range turkeys raised on the farm just off ...

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Leep Foods wins $250,000 in Grow-NY competition (access required)


Leep Foods of Rochester was one of four winners of a $250,000 award in the annual Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition. Leep Foods is an organic and soil regenerative farm that grows premium mushrooms on the sawdust of nutrient-enriched ...

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Grow-NY pitch competition and summit go virtual (access required)


Grow-NY has been forced to shift its Food & Ag Summit — including the startup pitch competition — from an in-person showcase to a virtual event. Now in its second year, Grow-NY focuses on strengthening the food and agriculture innovation cluster ...

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Two Rochester startups are Grow-NY finalists (access required)


Rochester-based startups Leep Foods and Crystal Creek Organics are among the 20 finalists in the Grow-NY competition, which features a top prize of $1 million. Grow-NY is a food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge, which focuses on enhancing the ...

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Competition aims to hasten dairy product innovation (access required)


A new competition will enable agricultural entrepreneurs to introduce new dairy products for consumers, ultimately boosting dairy sales in New York state. The state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York Dairy Promotion Order (DPO) Advisory Board and VentureFuel ...

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Complications from COVID ignite creativity for Grow-NY competition (access required)

Panel from the 2019 Grow-NY competition. The five criteria that judges use to evaluate competitors include: viability of commercialization and business model; customer value; food and agriculture innovation; regional job creation; and the quality and completeness of the team (Photo provided).

Since winning a portion of the $3 million Grow-NY competition last year, the Perfect Granola LLC has expanded operations, moved into a larger warehouse with office space and more than doubled its staff. The small agricultural business now has a ...

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Nordetect’s ‘Lab-on-a-Chip’ designed to improve agricultural practices (access required)

Nordetect’s one-click device and test-kits (Photo provided).

Nordetect, a chemical analytics company based out of Copenhagen, Denmark, is another optics/photonics startup in Luminate NY’s third cohort. Luminate is a six-month residency program at NextCorps. Companies in the Luminate cohort have access to mentorship, access to resources and ...

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Pandemic inspires Ballatori to pivot in two new directions (access required)


While many businesses are retrenching in an effort to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, Maureen Ballatori is acting like the situation is a brass ring. Earlier this week, Ballatori announced that the firm she founded, 29 Design Studio, has launched ...

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