Grants available in New York for new and military veteran farmers

New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $1.25 million in funding is available through two grant programs designed to assist new and military veteran farmers across the state. The New Farmers Grant Fund helps new and early-stage farmers, and the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans.

Applicant farms must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.

The application deadline is Jan. 26, 2018.

Information is available on these websites: http://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program and http://esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-veterans-farmer-grant-fund.

The Center for Rural Affairs website lists additional grant programs around the country and other strategies for farm startup financing. Visit our resources page here: www.cfra.org/resources/beginning_farmer/fundingsources