From the state of New York:
Program criteria for the $25
million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program were announced this week.
eligibility requirements are now available online by going to www.agriculture.ny.gov.
The program will provide money for projects designed to
help farms and agribusinesses expand and grow their operations, as well
as increase environmental enhancements in Allegany, Broome,
Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben,
Tompkins and Tioga counties.
Applications will be available
beginning Jan. 19.
Eligible projects will increase agricultural production on farms and
improve profitability, as well as support farmers in better managing and
enhancing environmental resources.
Projects awarded state
money may receive up to $100,000 to help with
expenses associated with construction, renovation, irrigation,
drainage, environmental enhancements, fencing, trellis systems and
Eligible applicants that demonstrate an exemplary
commitment to protecting or enhancing natural resources, may also
be entitled to an additional $10,000 toward their project.
The Department of
Agriculture and Markets will work in coordination with the County Soil
and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to administer the program. The
SWCDs will pre-qualify projects and oversee the implementation
Awards will be made on a semi-annual basis for a period of
two years or until funding is depleted. Applications will be available
and filed locally through each respective county SWCD.
To find a list of
the SWCDs, click https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/CountyAddressesAIEP.pdf on this link.
Applicants must meet the department’s definition of a farm operation and
meet additional criteria as outlined in the program criteria, including
participation in the New York State Agricultural Environmental
Management program within the past three years, or
a commitment to participate in the program prior to being awarded.