Crouch Encourages New Farmers to Apply for Grants
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) would like to encourage all new and emerging farmers to apply for the state’s New Farmers Grant Program. Empire State Development and the state Department of Agriculture recently announced $1 million in new funding is now available to promote agricultural growth and support people who are entering or newly entered farming with individual grants worth up to $50,000.
“Farming is the backbone of our economy and also preserves our rural landscape and quality of life. With so many new people interested in farming, I would like to encourage anyone who is within the first 10 years of their farm business to consider applying for these valuable grants to help improve their farm’s profitability,” said Crouch, who worked as a dairy farmer for 22 years.
For the past 5 years, the program has awarded nearly 90 farms with grants totaling $3.27 million.
The grants can be used by farmers to purchase new machinery, equipment, supplies and/or to construct or improve agricultural structures. Eligible farmers must be within the first 10 years of having an ownership interest in any farm business and said business must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. The submission deadline is January 25, 2019, and applications and more details can be found at https://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program.