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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.

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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.

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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: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NY_REAP_RESG.html
Energy Efficiency: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NY_REAP_EESG.html

Projects with a total project cost greater than $200,000:
Renewable Energy: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NY_REAP_REFG.html
Energy Efficiency: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NY_REAP_EEFG.html

Helpful documents: REAP 2014 NOFA; AD2106.

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Farm Viability Institute Announces Dairy Profit Teams Grant

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

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2014 Farm Bill changes for both the Farm Loans and Farm Programs for FSA, and changes to Farm Storage Facility loans

2014 Farm Bill Change
Farm Bill Customers
Small and Mid-Sized Farmers Talking Points, March 10 2014
Farm Storage Facility Loans, March 2014
FSA – FSFL Talking Points – Cleared by OC
FSFL Handling Equipment Example
VAPG FR 2014 NOFA Extension, March 25 2104

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September: New Funding Opportunities from Cornell’s Small Farms Program

Here is the latest update from Cornell’s Small Farms Program.  CONTINUE READING

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Ag Funding Opportunities – August 2013

Check out these three funding opportunities publicized by Cornell’s Small Farms program.  CONTINUE READING

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