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Madison County Malting Project Petition of Support

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The Honorable Robert J. Duffy
New York State Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224

Dear Lieutenant Governor Duffy and the Statewide Chairman's Committee:

I sign this petition to express my support for the Madison County Malting Project (MCMP). I understand the positive impact that commercial malting facility providing artisan quality malts will have on the local agricultural economy, local job opportunities, and strengthening of the NYS craft brewing and distilling industry. I enthusiastically endorse and support this project and encourage your approval of their proposal and grant application. 

The New York State Farm Brewery Law passed in June of 2012 requires operators of a farm brewery license to purchase “20% of hops and 20% of all other ingredients (barley, wheat, yeast) to be grown in New York, excluding water.” By 2024, those inputs are required by law to be 90% by weight of hops and 90% of all other ingredients, excluding water, must be grown in New York. The market has now been created. There is only one operational malting house in the state and that facility presently malts 2-3 tons of barley a week. The state brewers need New York barley for their beer. Transporting the barley out of state to be malted creates additional costs in trucking and handling, not to mention the unnecessary environmental impacts of increased fossil fuel usage.

MCMP will create and operate a full scale grain malting operation in Madison County to supply malted barley, rye and wheat to the state’s established and growing brewing and distilling population, which includes craft brewers, micro-brewers, nano-brewers, home brewers and craft liquor distillers. The operation will primarily purchase 2-row barley from farmers in a three county region (Madison, Onondaga, and Oneida), keeping 960 acres of farmland in production and creating $600,000 of market access for local farmers. This grain will then be modified from its harvest state to the correct physiological state required by brewers and distillers to create alcoholic beverages. The malting facility will be located at a site that allows it to operate in the most efficient and sustainable manner and will be capable of producing 1,000 tons of malt per year. Along with the locally produced grain and the targeted consumer base within the CNY, total return to the local economy as a result of the MCMP facility will equate to $1,800,000 annually. The construction and implementation of the MCMP facility will use with local materials, labor, and expertise to create a business that further strengthens the CNY agricultural economy and provides important jobs to its populace.

Thank you for your consideration.


Supporters of the Madison County Malting Project


Canastota Malting Company Madison County Agricultural Economic Development Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County


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