Agricultural Market Service at USDA

Provides a wide array of information to help agricultural market to stay informed about all the market news and updates. There are also programs and offices to help the agricultural market.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

CCE provides the knowledge with all the agriculture and nutrition needs. It keeps New Yorker informed about community events and lets them engage with their community. There is also resource for programs and how to get connected with your local offices.


The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS@CU) takes a comprehensive approach to providing training and conducting applied research to support the food industry, from farm to fork, in reducing foodborne illness risks. The IFS@CU harnesses Cornell’s existing strengths across food production systems in fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, and entrepreneurial support to help growers and processors comply with the demands of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act.

Rochester Chamber of Commerce

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country.

Rochester Institute of Technology Packaging Science Department

RIT’s Packaging Science program was first established in 1972. It is an interdisciplinary degree that leads to either a bachelors or masters of science. RIT’s relationship with industry leaders and the skills students obtain in development, sales, and purchasing results in professional careers within this multi-billion dollar industry. This relationship, along with the faculty being packaging professionals, ensures that students acquire the most current technological knowledge base.

MCC Agriculture and Life Sciences Institute

The Agriculture and Life Sciences Institute advocates on issues relating to land use, offers marketing education and provides academic instruction for existing and future agribusiness professionals, such as farmers, winery operators and employees of companies involved in renewable energy resources, etc. as well as landowners to apply knowledge to their specific area of interest.

GCC Food Processing Technology

Western New York has long history and significant foothold in food processing industry with hundreds of food processing operations located from Buffalo to Binghamton. New food manufacturers have made Genesee County their home further empowering the region’s robust food processing profession. GCC’s Food Processing Technology (FPT) Associate in Applied Science degree will allow you to take advantage of this growing industry and be prepared for the new jobs being created every year throughout the region.

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

Licenses and inspects all food manufactured in NYS for safety. In addition, they have several programs to promote these products, “Taste NY” stores can be found at tourist site and roadways.


An organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable.

Cornell Food Venture Center

Provides information on food science resources and how Cornell can help you bring your product to market.

Preserving The Harvest

A Value Added Processing Resource List (PDF) – this resource list provides food processor with all the information that will help them in their business from planning your business to Licensing. This PDF has all the information that an entrepreneur would need to be successful.

United States Department of Agriculture 

USDA oversees and examines all fowl, meat, game production in the United States. These products are sold through supermarket, gourmets’ stores and restaurants. USDA makes sure that these products are safe for the consumer

Rochester Food Commissary

The Commissary is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens combined with business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, and stregthen our regional food economy. The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) is the project lead and will be creating a Single Member LLC to hold The Commissary, both corporations will share RDDC’s 501(c)(3) status.