Working Farms News

New Farmers Grant Fund

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund was created to provide assistance to new and early stage farmers and encourage farming as a career path to sustain and grow agribusiness across New York State.  Empire State Development, in consultation with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will administer the $614,000 fund, which will provide grants from $15,000 to up to $50,000 for eligible early stage farmers who substantially and materially participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation within New York.
Funds can be used for up to 50 % of project costs including, but not limited to: lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; and, purchase of supplies such as root stock, seed, and fertilizer. Beginning farmers must not have produced an agricultural product for more than ten consecutive years prior to application.
For additional information, visit their website, or email Bonnie Devine at nyfarmfund@esd.ny.gov. To download the application, click here. Applications must be postmarked by January 28, 2015.

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NY Veterans in Agriculture Summit

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:30pm
NYS State Fairgrounds; Syracuse, NY

Are you a veteran farming in New York State, or an organization serving farmer veterans? The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce an interactive meeting just for you.
The Veterans Summit will offer an opportunity to meet others interested in supporting veterans getting into agriculture; better understand the support services available to veterans and those interested in agriculture; and design programs and pathways to help veterans enter agriculture.
The meeting is free and lunch will be provided. Registration closes on October 26th.
To register, click here. If you prefer, you may also register via phone by calling 607-255-9227. General questions about the Veterans Summit should be directed to this email.

 

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Capital Area 2014 Tile Drainage School

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The Factory Eatery
20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
November 12, 2014; 10:00am – 3:00pm

You will learn: Tile drainage Economics and Agronomic Benefits; Conservation Compliance; Installing Drainage Systems; and Minimizing Environmental Risks of the Drainage water.
3 Certified Crop Advisor CEU’s  available in Soil and Water Management!
Space is limited, so please, register by November 7th, 2014 online or by calling (315) 866-7920. Registration is $40.00 / person and includes lunch.

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Farm businesses in New York State may benefit from a 2014 tax provision

Farm businesses in New York State may benefit from a 2014 tax provision. While the application and benefit of this new tax credit will depend upon the individual farm business and other tax credits utilized, it will provide significant relief for some farms. To view the NYS Manufacturers Tax Credit Fact Sheet for 2014, please click here.

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A few weeks left to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency loan funds in all categories!

Are you looking to obtain financing to purchase a farm or make improvements to the farm you currently own? Do you need to purchase livestock or a piece of equipment? Do you know someone else who needs financing? The Farm Service Agency makes and guarantees loans to family farmers to start, purchase and expand their farm operations. You can find out more about all of the types of loans we have available (all on one sheet believe it or not!) by clicking here.
Call your local FSA office today to get additional information – we look forward to discussing your financing needs.
You can find contact information for your local FSA office here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app;jsessionid=666BEAA679DB5FAB18D9B5FC1619853B?service=action/1/CountyMap/1/NavBar.HomeLink

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Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Transitions Incentive Program

Farmers, ranchers, and landowners can enroll sensitive lands in CRP, which pays annual rental to farmers in exchange for removing those lands from ag production. CRP Transitions Incentives Program pays retiring farmers up to 2 extra years of rental payments for transitioning CRP lands to a beginning farmer or rancher or socially disadvantaged group. Signup is continuous. More info here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/crp-tip-announcement/

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Conservation Stewardship Program Renewals

Anyone who enrolled in CSP in 2010, you can re-enroll your farm, from now until September 12, 2014. Re-enrolling is much easier than re-applying because it is non-competitive and much simpler. For those wanting to enroll for the first time, you can submit an application at any time. The cutoff date for 2015 contracts will be sometime this fall. For more info, visit your local NRCS office and read NSAC’s blog post: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/csp-renewals/

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