Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Farmers Grant Fund Issues Awards

From New York State:

The state’s New Farmers Grant Fund will provide over $743,000 in grants to support 25 early-stage agricultural businesses across New York state. 

The purpose of the fund, now in its second round, is to assist early-stage farmers in improving their farm’s profitability, and as a result, adding to the diversification and growth of New York’s agricultural sector.

“Agriculture remains a critical component of the New York’s economy and these grants will help ensure this industry’s continued strength,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “This funding will support new and emerging agribusinesses as they expand their operations, develop and market high quality products and generate new growth in their communities.”
Empire State Development, in consultation with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, administers the fund. More than 55 applications were submitted for program funding this round.

Projects were scored competitively based on specific criteria, including demonstration of project readiness. Grant funds will be used for project costs associated with the expansion of production, construction of farm buildings, purchase of equipment and seed, or upgrades to increase efficiency and boost production.

New Farmers Grant Fund award recipients are:

Capital Region
Eastern Hay Company, LLC – Washington County: $45,485
MX Morningstar Farm – Columbia County: $19,200
Sparrowbush Farm – Columbia County: $16,932

Central New York
Ingersoll Farms – Oswego County: $49,051
Main Street Farms, LLC – Cortland County: $17,000
Shared Roots Farm, LLC – Cortland County: $21,428
Z’s Nutty Ridge, LLC – Cortland County: $17,334

Finger Lakes
Blue Moon Bend, LLC - Wayne County: $20,250
Bolton Farms, Inc. – Monroe County: $24,788
McCracken Farms – Monroe County: $24,669

Long Island
Bhumi Farm, Inc. – Suffolk County: $22,943

Alewife Farm – Dutchess County: $15,728
Sawkill Farm – Dutchess County: $33,925
Platte Creek Maple Farm – Ulster County: $26,289

Mohawk Valley
Jones Family Farm LLC – Herkimer County: $42,675
Windy Hill Goat Dairy – Otsego County: $28,645

North Country
Echo Farm – Essex County: $26,599
Full and By Farm, LLC – Essex County - $16,000
Juniper Hill Farm – Essex County: $49,783
Mace Chasm Farm, LLC – Essex County: $50,000
Michael & Carrie Higby – Lewis County: $18,000
North Branch Farms – Jefferson County: $45,000

Southern Tier
Plowbreak Farm – Schuyler County: $21,404
Van Noble Farm – Tompkins County: $40,362

Western New York
Perry-Dice Organics – Cattaraugus County: $49,534

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