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A dynamic hub for innovation and collaboration, the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech leverages the unparalleled research and expertise of Cornell University to accelerate growth and position New York State as a global leader in food and agricultural advancement by:

  • Pushing entrepreneurs and startups to launch their businesses in New York and commercialize products and services
  • Pulling companies into the state by connecting them with innovation resources and economic development partners
  • Growing existing food, beverage and agriculture-related companies from across New York State through business mentoring, technical assistance, research, business-to-business partnerships, supply chains and the myriad resources they need to succeed and thrive

Meet Cathy Young, our director

The director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech, shares her ambitious vision for the center and believes the climate is ripe for food and agriculture entrepreneurs in New York state. The center accelerates business development by connecting startups and existing businesses with the institutional resources and expertise at Cornell to cultivate innovation, economic growth and robust job creation in New York’s food and farming sector.

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75+

Companies Engaged

The Center of Excellence made great strides in 2019 in supporting startups and companies to launch and grow their businesses. A total of 75 companies were assisted.

$25

Million

Raised by companies working with the Center of Excellence in 2019.

97

Jobs

The Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture led to the creation of 97 New York state jobs in 2019.

Our Experts

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Molly Israel

Marketing Strategist

School of Integrative Plant Science

Molly Israel
  • mmi24 [at] cornell.edu
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Catharine Young

Director, Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Catharine Young
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Ed Maguire

Business Development Specialist, Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Ed Maguire
  • ejm328 [at] cornell.edu
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Carrie Carmenatty

Marketing and Development Specialist; NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Carrie Carmenatty
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Kailey Maloy

Administrative Assistant III

Cornell AgriTech

Kailey Maloy
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Bruno Xavier

Senior Extension Associate

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Bruno Xavier

News & events

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News

Cornell AgriTech center helps business adapt to COVID-19
Our Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE) has been helping food and ag businesses adapt to the COVID-19 economy with new marketing strategies and by diversifying products. “Whether we are helping startups with their business plans or looking at ways that we can assist farmers during the upcoming growing season,” said Cathy Young, executive director of the COE. "We want members of the food and ag community to know that we are here for them.”
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Agriculture

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News

Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture helps startups take off

“While formula had everything she needed to thrive and grow, it didn’t have everything we wanted for her,” said Ippolito, a lecturer in the Engineering Management Program at Cornell. In summer 2019, she launched SimpliFed, a startup company...

  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Agriculture
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News

Cornell creates detailed COVID-19 website for food industry
Coherent safety information for food processing plants in New York and other states can be difficult to find, said Sam Alcaine, assistant professor of food science, who led the writing of the descriptive text for the new website. Food processors...
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  • Food Safety Laboratory and Milk Quality Improvement Program
  • Microbiology

Resources and partners

The Center of Excellence maintains partnerships with a wealth of programs and resources primed to support food and agriculture companies grow and thrive. Contact our team to get connected to valuable resources like these:

  • Incubators and accelerators
  • Training and education partners
  • Testing and validation services
  • Trade association support
  • Business-to-business (B2B) relationships
  • Supply chain assets [feedstock and packaging suppliers, processors and manufacturers, production facilities, co-packers, warehousing, distribution, retail and marketplace]
  • State, federal and local economic development incentive programs
  • Capital resources
  • Marketing resources