In a story that is well-reported in "Pot Network", the vertically integrated hemp cultivator and manufacturer Southern Tier Hemp is set to open an facility in Kirkwood, in the state's "southern tier."
The Southern Tier Hemp facility will bring together the necessary technology and expertise to process, extract, refine and formulate products, eventually processing hemp and CBD products from cultivars all across the northeast.
It will also include a research component that will partner with research programs at nearby Binghamton University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies to further investigate the clinical benefits of CBD and other cannabidiol derivatives from hemp.
The Southern Tier of New York includes the counties west of the Catskill Mountains which border northern Pennsylvania. It is the birthplace of IBM and home to Corning Inc.
The move was supported with state funding and political support including Governor Cuomo, "“New York will continue to make strategic investments that support agricultural innovation,” Governor Cuomo stated in the city’s press release. “By positioning the Southern Tier at the forefront of industrial hemp research and production, our farmers will capitalize on the growth potential of this crop, create new jobs, and boost economies across the region and the state.”
Broad support was acknowledged by CEO Mike Falcone in a press release, "We are deeply grateful for the leadership of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Department of New York Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball, State Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo and State Sen. Tom O’Mara.