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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)

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, 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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Farmers markets adopt new methods during pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and New York State issued its first guidelines on social distancing, farmers markets were among the many businesses that closed down. The seasonal markets that haven’t opened yet for the year, meanwhile, have been contemplating ...

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Grow-NY competition open to applications again (access required)

The application window to enter the $3 million Grow-NY business competition is now open.  Empire State Development and the Cornell Center for Economic Development both announced on Tuesday that the competition is opening up for its second round of applications, ...

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Cornell holds COVID-19 video conference for dairy farmers Friday

Cornell Cooperative Extension is holding a seminar by video conference Friday morning for dairy farmers about how to manage their businesses with COVID-19 in mind.  The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. with ZOOM video conferencing technology, and can be ...

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Finger Lakes wineries feeling the impact of coronavirus

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters earlier this week, he also effectively closed the tasting rooms of more than 500 wineries statewide. Preventive efforts like this aimed at lessening the severity ...

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Red Tail Ridge Winery in running for James Beard award again (access required)

A Penn Yan winery is again receiving attention from the James Beard Foundation. Red Tail Ridge Winery’s owners, Nancy Irelan and Mike Schnelle, have been nominated for a 2020 James Beard Award in the category of outstanding wine, spirits or beer  ...

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