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2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications Are Now Open

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:07pm -- Jean Davis

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in partnership with the New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI), is now accepting applications for projects to utilize up to $600,000 under the Specialty Crop Block Grant program through a competitive bid process.  The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Introduction to Maple Syrup Production Online Course Offered

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 1:05pm -- Jean Davis

BF 152: Introduction to Maple Syrup Production, is an online course from the Cornell Small Farms Program January 17 – February 21, with webinars each Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30pm EST.

PRO-DAIRY Announces New Weekly Webinar Series Starting December 15th

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 11:18am -- Jean Davis

PRO-DAIRY in partnership with DAIRYBUSINESS & HOLSTEIN WORLD magazine has launched a new weekly webinar series each Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15 pm EST. Registration is not required. Click on the Dairy Webinars section of PRO-DAIRY’s website to join. Each webinar is approved for one continuing education unit (CEU) from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

Developing the Shitake Mushroom Market

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:55am -- Jean Davis

Woodland log-grown mushrooms are a relatively new, niche crop in New York.  The Cornell Small Farms Program announced a new two year project funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to support the development of this new niche crop in New York State; log grown shitake mushrooms.  The crop is positioned for adoption by farmers who are interested in developing diversified niche crops on their farm. 

Kids Growing Food School Garden Grants Due December 16, 2016

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:27am -- Jean Davis

The main goals of the Kids Growing Food Mini Grant are to increase appreciation and understanding of agriculture, nutrition, and the food systems by getting students involved in food gardening at school. Also, to create "garden classrooms" that provide authentic experiences and help educators meet New York State and Common Core Learning Standards.

Webinar on Grant Processing to be Hosted by Farm Credit East, December 7th

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 2:03pm -- Jean Davis

Have you ever considered applying for an agricultural grant, but didn’t know where to begin? Then join a free webinar, hosted by Farm Credit East, on Wednesday, December 7, at 11:00 AM, for the need to know about how to find and apply for grant funding.

2016 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 9:45am -- Jean Davis

Cattaraugus County Farm Service Agency Offers a 2016 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) signup.  Deadline is January 30, 2017. 

Cattaraugus County Producers are eligible to apply for the 2016 LFP program benefits due to Cattaraugus being designated as a D2 drought area that lasted at least 8 weeks.  Cattaraugus County qualifies for one month of payments on qualifying pastured land that was grazed or would have been grazed in 2016.

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