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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

Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech

What People are Saying

“Working with the Center of Excellence has been a unique and wonderful experience; I’ve never seen this amount of effort and help from just an idea.”—Chris LaCorata, Empire State Brands

“Upstate New York offers a unique triage for food and ag startups, with the research of Cornell University, business impact of companies like Wegmans, and the Center of Excellence offering businesses and startups unparalleled support and connections to funding sources in the region. It is a trifecta unlike any other part of the country.”—Aaron Gobin, AgVoice

“I wish we had been working with the Center of Excellence when we first started. . . It’s been so valuable having their resources, expertise and the connections that come with [the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences] – one of the most successful and well-regarded agriculture schools in the world. They helped us connect with the right people and resources on our path toward market traction with some of the largest food retailers in the U.S., and have fast-tracked our progress tremendously.”—George Zheng, Leep Foods

“The Center of Excellence has introduced us to so many opportunities and events in the region. I think the reason we’re in Wegmans right now is because the Center of Excellence brought us to last year’s Future of Food Summit, where we were able to connect with the right people.”—Jason Goodman, Antithesis

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Our Experts

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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
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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

Poultry biotech startup wins $1M Grow-NY top prize
Soos and six other finalists were awarded a total of $3 million in prizes following the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, Nov. 17-18. Administered by Cornell and funded by Empire State Development, Grow-NY capitalized on the virtual format to expand...
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
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Virtual Grow-NY Summit to feature food and ag innovation
Smart drones that distribute beneficial insects on crops, packaging materials to extend the shelf life of bread, and technology to transform food waste into nutrients for hydroponic farming – these are a few of the innovations to be featured at...
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Cornell Food Venture Center, Center of Excellence help startup enter healthy snack market
An ambitious health food startup is making an innovative entry into the nutritious snack market, thanks in part to a multi-year collaboration with the Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) and the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and...
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Food Science

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