Drum Country is a business friendly region, and that includes agribusiness! Growing incredible produce, creating the best dairy products, and shipping those agricultural goods across the country and into Canada is easy to do in Drum County.

Agribusiness as an industry involves everything from production to processing and distribution, and like any industry, success comes from remaining competitive. Drum Country’s member organizations work hard to support new and existing companies in the agribusiness industry through:

• Grants for investment in new technology

• Continuing education in farming practices and related topics

• Site tours and scouting assistance

• And more…



Hundreds of years of farming in the Drum Country region, plus farmer-driven organizations like Cornell Cooperative Extension and Northern New York Agriculture Development Program, make Drum Country a supportive location for your business, from seed to sale.

New York State is a top-ten national producer of apples, grapes, onions, and sweet corn. Additionally, “New York is a leader in the production of goods made from these commodities,” including wine (#2), yogurt (#1), and maple syrup (#2). Plus, our temperate climate makes New York’s farmland a safer investment for your agribusiness.

Why choose the Drum Country region of New York instead of other northeastern states? New York has an abundance of grants and initiatives for innovative farming techniques and environmental practices.


The Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) provides water and wastewater service to Fort Drum and water to western Jefferson County while providing contract operations and maintenance services to various municipalities in Drum Country.

In eastern Jefferson County, the principal source of water and wastewater services is the City of Watertown Municipal System. The city’s water plant is rated at 15 million gallons per day (MGD), and in 2018 averaged 5.3 MGD – the kind of capacity that is favorable to food processing companies. The plant processes on average 6 to 6.5 million gallons of water daily for residential and industrial use within the city and neighboring communities.

In St. Lawrence County, surface water supplies are readily available, and groundwater supplies are also sufficient to accommodate the needs of municipal systems, private systems, and industry. There are 22 municipal wastewater treatment facilities in St. Lawrence County.

Lewis County also offers excess wastewater capacity in Lowville and an abundant supply of water for expansion in most communities.


Helping Food Processors Run Lean

Discover what some of North America’s largest food processing companies have discovered. Drum Country’s unique characteristics, from market and materials access to stateside and international shipping routes, are synergistically aligned with the individual needs of food processors.

Home to several large meat and dairy food processing companies, including the Kraft-Heinz Company, Drum Country offers the right mix of resources, labor costs, and logistics to help companies like yours – whether new or expanding – benefit from its optimal location.


Choosing the Drum Country region of north-central New York strategically positions you within a day’s drive of New York City and New Jersey, Toronto, and Montreal. We are home to the Thousand Islands Bridge system and 24-hour border crossing connecting Alexandria Bay, NY to Ivy Lea, Ontario, Canada.

This direct connection between the U.S. and Canada is one of the 10 busiest border crossings. It connects U.S. Interstate 81 to Highway 401, which runs northeast to Montreal and southwest to Toronto, and Highway 416, which heads north to Ottawa.

Competitive electric, water, and natural gas costs and capacity.

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  • Interstate 81, a major north-south corridor, connects southward to I-90, a major east-west corridor, in Syracuse.
  • U.S. Highway 11 and State Highways 12, 26 and 37, traverse the region.
  • Canadian Highway 401, accessible across the St. Lawrence River via international bridge crossings located at Alexandria Bay, Ogdensburg and Massena, serves as a major east-west corridor between Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
  • Canadian Highway 416 connects Canadian Highway 401 with Canadian Highway 417, and acts as an important trade route to Ottawa and eastern Ontario.
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Commercial, non-passenger rail service in Drum Country is provided by CN, a Class 1 railroad, and the largest freight railroad system in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

  • The line serving Drum Country is part of CN’s main line connecting Montreal with Syracuse. From Syracuse, the main line connects to Boston, New York, Buffalo, and on to several locations into the Midwest.
  • Within Drum Country, numerous spurs and short lines connect to additional locations.
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City Airport Length Service
Ogdensburg Ogdensburg International 7,600 ft. Passenger, Cargo
Massena Richards Field 4,000-5,600 ft. Passenger, Cargo, Charter
Potsdam Damon Field 3,703 ft. Cargo, Charter
Watertown Watertown International 5,000-7,000 ft. Passenger, Cargo
Syracuse Hancock International 7,500-9,500 ft. Passenger, Cargo
Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa International 3,300-10,005 ft. Passenger, Cargo, Charter
Montréal, Quebec Montréal International 7,000-11,000 ft. Passenger, Cargo, Charter
Montréal, Quebec Mirabel International 8,800 -12,000 ft. Cargo
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The Port of Ogdensburg is the only U.S. port on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the only port on the Great Lakes designated as a Port of National Defense. The Port is closer to Northern Europe than most other U.S. ports, thus making it highly economical for ships to travel to and from Ogdensburg.

  • The Port is a U.S. Customs port of entry with full customs services, and is a designated Foreign Trade Zone
  • Using bulk-loading conveyors, the Port can load 100-lb material at the rate of 1100 short tons/hour. The Port also has the ability to provide shore-side cranes ranging from 50 to 220 tons. Roll-on/roll-off service is available.
  • The Port is open 24/7 and offers 125,000 square ft. of warehousing and a newly constructed 30,000 square ft bulk storage warehouse, 1,120 ft .of docking, unlimited stevedoring services, heavy equipment including rental cranes, and railroad facilities connecting with CN Transportation.

The convergence of these and other market forces create an ideal environment for manufacturing businesses. With so many factors making Drum Country advantageous to the manufacturing industry, manufacturers that relocate to Drum Country can count on a prosperous future. Contact us today to learn more!