March 25, 2013
LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is joining farmers in Dutchess County to call for federal aid for New York's first major commercial hop yard.
Schumer will be at Eastern View Nursery and Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville Monday afternoon. He's urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration to provide low-cost loans for the equipment needed to establish a cooperative of Hudson Valley hops farmers.
The cooperative will produce locally grown, organic hops to meet the demand from New York's craft breweries.
Schumer says the startup costs for an aspiring hops farmer can sometimes run as much as $100,000 for equipment alone, and can cost as much as $13 per acre to prepare the land for planting.
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