To participate in this program, farms must:
Become third-‐party certified that Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are being implemented, mainly that food products are produced,packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible, reducingthe chances of microbial contamination
Develop an Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) plan with their County’s Soil and Water Conservation District.
Eligible Agricultural Producers
Must be commercial operations producing an agricultural product and are located wholly within New York State.
Agricultural products include (but are not limited to): Fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, meat products, poultry products, fish products, grain products, honey, nuts
Funding Available to Agricultural Producers
Up to 90% of the total project cost not to exceed $50,000 will be made available to eligible agricultural producers.
Eligible agricultural producers must provide at least 10% of the total project cost. Eligible matching funds include cash, grants or loans.
Capital costs of meeting food safety standards such as:
Machinery, Equipment, Construction, Acquisition of buildings
Working Capital, Purchase of land
Agricultural producers receiving funding through this program will be required to participate in the New York State Grown & Certified Program.
Awardees will have 5 years from the date of execution of a contract to spend all programs funds.