MORRISVILLE. The new Cornell Cooperative Extension Madison Ag Business Center provides farmers with technology.
On April 7, the CCE Madison inaugurated this new initiative.
The center won a $36,633 grant from the Chobani Community Impact Fund. As a result, CCE Madison will provide farmers with technology. In addition, it will offer access to improve the local foodservice industry.
The facility provides a shared and flexible workplace. And it includes high-speed internet and tech equipment for large groups and individual conferences. So, farmers can access technology devices from one station.
The 2-year project started in 2019. The aim was to create a central location to support farmers with tech innovation. As CCE Madison Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik said: “The purpose of the Ag Business Center is to serve as a co-working space. A one-stop resource shop and business incubator for farmers and ag and food business owners. It provides access to technology and internet they might not otherwise have, along with training opportunities and resources to grow their business.”
The project uses the flexible workplace trend to create a new facility to combine farming and innovation. Farmers can access tech equipment and tools that would be too expensive for an individual at home.
So, the aim is to provide farmers with technology and promote education in the area to grow the local food industry.