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A Higher Standard for New York State Agriculture

NYS Grown & Certified

The Label Tells a Story

New York State’s agriculture industry is one of our great assets. Keeping it growing and thriving is one of the most important things we can do - and the New York State Grown & Certified program helps us do just that.

Launched in 2016, the New York State Grown & Certified program assures consumers that the food they are buying is local and produced to a higher standard by requiring participating producers to adopt food safety standards and enroll in an environmental management program. Since the program began, New York State Grown & Certified has grown and evolved to cover 20 agricultural commodities and processing industries. This voluntary program is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to meet consumer demand for high-quality food and agricultural products.

Producer Spotlight: Greene County Wool

NYS Grown & Certified fiber producer, Greene County Wool, is one of more than 250 vendors to participate in the annual Sheep and Wool Festival held in October at Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York. This is Greene County Wool owner Cydney Cornell’s third time participating as an exhibitor, but her love for the festival – and its fleece stars - goes back nearly two decades. She served as a volunteer for two years before entering her sheep wool and attended as a customer for more than 15 years.
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What People are Saying
Melissa Autilio Fleischut, President and CEO, New York State Restaurant Association


"The New York State Restaurant Association proudly supports New York State's new initiative—New York State Grown & Certified—so consumers can feel more confident about what they eat and where they are eating, and to provide a real benefit to New York State’s food industry."

Andrew Rigie, Executive Director, New York City Hospitality Alliance


"New York City restaurants demand incredible, locally grown ingredients. With the New York State Grown & Certified program they can be confident that the products they purchase and serve are locally grown and produced to a higher standard."

Michael McDonough, Owner, Tongore Brook Farms LLC


"As a farmer in New York State it's really, really wonderful to be part of the NYS Grown & Certified program. As a member of the NYS Grown & Certified family, one of the things we’re most concerned about is getting the best – the best soil, the best seeds, the best practices – to you and your family, delivering the most quality nutrition we can."