Governor Cuomo Announces More than $1 Million in Funding Awarded to Support New and Military Veterans Farmers

Nearly 30 New York State Farms Will Receive Assistance Through New Farmers Grant Fund and Veterans Farmer Grant Fund

June 29, 2018

Announced During National Dairy Month, Funding Bolsters New York's Support for the Agriculture Industry

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $1 million has been awarded to New York State farmers through two grant programs designed to promote growth in the state's agriculture industry. The New Farmers Grant Fund assists new and early-stage farmers, and the Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans. Since its launch in 2014, the New Farmers Grant Fund has now awarded $3.27 million to nearly 90 farms across the state. This is the first year the Veterans Farmer Grant Fund has been offered.

"Agriculture is the backbone of our local economies, and New York is committed to keeping these businesses running to protect the livelihoods of farmers across the state," Governor Cuomo said."This critical funding will help early-stage farmers and military veterans get the jumpstart they need to develop or expand their farms into successful, profitable businesses that will positively impact communities throughout the Empire State."

"The agriculture industry is a major part of New York's economy, and we're planting the seeds for future success," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With this grant fund, we're supporting the next generation of farmers and farmers who are military veterans. New York's local products attract consumers from around the world, while providing jobs in our great state. We are committed to continuing to invest in the industry and ensuring the expansion and promotion of all the great products our farmers have to offer."

Read the full press release here.