New York State New Farmers Grant Fund Program

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Objective

Objective

The NYS New Farmers Grant Fund provides grants to help beginning farmers improve farm profitability. 

On July 1, 2019, Governor Cuomo announced award recipients for the 2018 round of funding. 

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Overview

Overview

This grant fund helps beginning farmers improve farm profitability through one or both of the following goals:

  • Expanding agricultural production, diversifying agricultural production and/or extending the agricultural season;
  • Advancing innovative agricultural techniques that increase sustainable practices such as organic farming, food safety, reduction of farm waste and/or water use.

The program has provided more than $4.19 million to farmers since 2014. View the list of previous awardees here

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Eligibility

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:

  • Eligible applicants are farm businesses, in which all owners are in the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm operation. 
  • The farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in sales of agricultural products grown or raised on the farm.

Eligible Expenditures:

  • Eligible costs include the purchase of new or used machinery and equipment, supplies, and/or construction or improvement of physical structures used exclusively for agricultural purposes.

How to Apply

This program is not currently open, and applications are not being accepted in 2019.

 

Contact Information

Questions should be sent to [email protected].