New York State New Farmers Grant Fund Program

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

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

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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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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.
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How to Apply

This program is not currently open, and applications are not being accepted in 2020.


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Contact Information

Questions should be sent to [email protected].