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.

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

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

The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Application Deadlines:  Grants of $20,000 or less March 31, 2017; Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2017;

New Farmers Grant Fund

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:32am -- Jean Davis

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2016- 2017 state budget for the third round of the New York State funding for the New Farmers Grant Fund.  The NYS Farmers Grant Fund will help provide grants of up to $50,000 to new and beginning farmers for the purchase of equipment, supplies and other necessities essential to an agricultural business.  All project costs must be directly related to achieving Program Goals.   The deadline to apply is January 27, 2017.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Grant

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 2:09pm -- Jean Davis

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers.

Closing Date is Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Priority will be given to partnerships and collaborations led by or including nongovernmental, community-based organizations and school-based agricultural educational organizations with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach.

Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program Round 2

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 2:01pm -- Jean Davis

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $2.5 million through round two of the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program to help farms reduce their operational impact on the environment and better prepare for, and recover after, severe weather events.  Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., December 12, 2016.


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