Working Farms News

National Grid Announces New Residential Agricultural Discount Program

The Residential Agricultural Discount Program is an electricity rate discount applied to the electricity delivery charge, available beginning September 1, 2014, to eligible National Grid residential agricultural customers, as a result of funding through the New York Power Authority (NYPA) ReCharge New York program.
For more information, click here. To download an application, click here.


NYS Farmland Protection Funds Available For The First Time in Five Years

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the availability of $20.5 million to aid farmland protection efforts and help prevent viable agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use. Eligible entities, including municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) and not-for-profit conservation organizations/land trusts, can apply for individual grants under the Round 13 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP). 

Contact Marissa Codey if you are interested in exploring these options.

Information on Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG)

Request For Proposals (RFP)

  • Webinar for Potential Applicants – Request For Proposals  (Content of each is identical; select best date/time for your participation.)

Request For Applications (RFA) – from Municipalities to remove unreasonable restrictions from municipal land use and subdivision regulations, zoning, and site plan requirements pertaining to agricultural land and farm operations,AND/OR establish an implementation-ready Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program for farmland protection.


The Rural Energy for America Program NOFA has been released

The deadline for grants and combination loan guarantee/grant request is July 7, 2014.
The deadline for loan guarantee only request is July 31, 2014.
Contact Gary Pereira at USDA Rural Development with questions:  (315) 736-3316 x 129.

Projects with a total project cost of $200,000 or less:
Renewable Energy:
Energy Efficiency:

Projects with a total project cost greater than $200,000:
Renewable Energy:
Energy Efficiency:

Helpful documents: REAP 2014 NOFA; AD2106.


Farm Viability Institute Announces Dairy Profit Teams Grant

For more information, click here.
Profit Team blank app; FPT Dairy Brochure; DPT Success Story.


Artist’s Reception: The Farmer’s Art


June 7, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street, Hudson NY

Come to the artist reception for Jerry Freedner’s work ‘The Farmer’s Art,‘ and you will support farmland conservation! His images are a tribute to the makers of the working landscape, the farmers, and to those who protect it, both Columbia Land Conservancy and Scenic Hudson. 33% of all farm photograph sale profits and 100% of all book sale profits will be donated to these two organizations.
Exhibit will be on display June 4 – July 13, 2014. For more information, please call 518-828-1915.



Saturday, May 3 2014, 9:00 am-2:00 pm;
Crellin Community Park
2940 Rt. 66, Chatham, NY

An opportunity for the community to come together to buy/ sell/ swap farm and garden related goods and services. Vendors are welcome to bring small-to-medium size livestock, farm and garden tools, light machinery, farm products, etc. All animals must be kept in secure pens or cages throughout the event. No animals over 50 lbs will be allowed without prior approval from the Town of Chatham. Event is held rain or shine. Free event, no admission or vendor’s fee.
To reserve a spot, call (518) 392 – 3262. For more information, click here to email.


Negotiating Land Access Workshop


Saturday, May 3 2014, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Carey Conference Center
Rensselaerville, NY

A training workshop for farmland-seekers and professionals that provides technical assistance about land and capital access and transition. Presented by the Agrarian Trust, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program, Carey Institute for Global Good, & Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship.
Come learn the essential skills of business communication and negotiation to navigate relationships with lenders, investors, partners, landowners, and neighbors. Join us for a training with experienced negotiation teachers Peter Glassman, Statewide Director of NYSAMP and  Charlotte Carter, Executive Director of NYSDRA hosted by Agrarian Trust, CADE and the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Suggested Donation – $20, includes lunch. Questions can be directed to AnnMarie.
To register, click here.