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Food, ag innovation on menu in Wayne County

Food and agriculture is a still-growing multibillion-dollar industry in New York state, said Locate Finger Lakes.

It’s a big reason Upstate Capital Association of New York is hosting its second annual Future of Food event on Thursday at DeFisher Fruit Farms, a fifth-generation family-owned farm in this Wayne County town.

Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in the state.

“The production of food is core to the economy in New York state, and there is a lot of innovation and investment happening in this space,” said Noa Simons, executive director of the Upstate Capital Association of New York, a non-profit membership organization that connects companies and investors across the state.

Locate Finger Lakes said the Future of Food event “gives entrepreneurs and startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas, meet food and ag tech investors and gain insights from successful and growing companies.”

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