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.

Randolph Students Earn New York State FFA Welding Contest Honors

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 9:35am -- Jean Davis

The top three winners of the 2016 New York State FFA Welding Contest that was held at Empire Farm Days will receive a Morrisville State College scholarships, are:

  • Noah Persson, Randolph Central School
  • Justin Rodda, Otselic Valley Central School
  • Derek Pingrey, Pioneer Central School 

High team honors went to Noah Persson and Tyler Liskow of Randolph Central School.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:05am -- Jean Davis

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking new proposals for cutting-edge projects that will provide new conservation opportunities through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the department will invest up to $25 million for projects that spark the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and approaches in areas like conservation finance, data analytics, and precision conservation to benefit producers on private agricultural and forest lands.

NYS Agricultural Society 2017 Grant Theme “Improving the Ag Intellect of Youth”

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:16pm -- Jean Davis

Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2016.  The New York State Agricultural Society Foundation (NYSAS Foundation) supports the mission of the NYS Agricultural Society focusing on education, leadership development and recognition for future generations involved in the New York State food and agriculture industry.  Each year the NYSAS Foundation selects a focus area for their annual grant-making.


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