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Governor Cuomo Announces Recipients of New Farmers Grant Fund to Support Agribusiness Across New York State

May 20, 2015

Grants Assist New and Early-Stage Farmers and Encourage Farming as a Career Path

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New Farmers Grant Fund will provide more than $610,000 in grants to help support new and early-stage agricultural businesses across New York state. The fund, enacted in the 2014-2015 budget, will be used to assist early-stage farmers and encourage them to consider farming as a career, adding to the continued growth of New York’s agricultural sector. This funding will allow these farmers to employ the use of innovative agricultural techniques on commercial farm operations throughout the state.“Agriculture remains a vital part of this state’s economy and today we are taking yet another step in developing the next generation of New York’s farmers,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this investment, we are creating opportunities for early-stage farmers that will increase future productivity on all farms and create long-term agricultural growth across New York State.”Empire State Development, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets, is administering the Fund and has received more than 100 applications for the program. 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. The award recipients, separated by region, include:Western New York

  • H & H Meadows, Cattaraugus County: $43,219

  • Providence Creek Farm, Erie County: $15,104

Southern Tier

  • Painted Goat Farm, Otsego County: $29,121

  • Mauer's Mountain Farms, Delaware County: $50,000

Finger Lakes

  • Silver Thread Vineyard, Seneca County: $20,123

Central New York

  • Main Street Farms, Cortland County: $33,000

  • New Moon Farms, Madison County: $50,000

  • Common Thread CSA, Madison County: $23,969

Mohawk Valley

  • Arabeth Farm, Herkimer County: $50,000

  • Falls Pride Dairy, Oneida County: $32,76

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