Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program has awarded $40,000 to 15 organizations to promote northeast agriculture, support young and beginning farmer initiatives and encourage agricultural youth programs.
The program is a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank.
Recent grant recipients
The most recent grants highlight Farm Credit’s ongoing partnership with organizations that make a significant difference in the lives of people involved in all aspects of agriculture.
- Erie County Farm Bureau was awarded a $6,000 grant to coordinate a Farmer/First Responder Training Course about agricultural hazards at 10 New York County Farm Bureaus.
- UMass 2016 Winter Traveling Dairy Tour received a $5,000 grant to support this annual week-long tour that exposes undergraduate students to various dairy farms and dairy-related businesses.
- A $5,000 grant was awarded to the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association to assist with a survey of Massachusetts’ green businesses to identify economic impact and opportunities, as well as to provide guidance on strategies to strengthen the industry.
- Granite State Future Farmers of America (FFA) was awarded a $3,000 grant to support its annual student awards.
- The Vermont Holstein Association will use its $3,000 grant to support the Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit, which offers youth the opportunity to learn about selection, nutrition, health, showmanship and the educational and social benefits of showing dairy cattle.
- New York Animal Ag Coalition (NYAAC) received a $2,500 grant to design and produce various sized banners that relay a positive agricultural message for farmers to display on their farms.
- A $2,000 grant to Cornell Cooperative Extension will support the expansion of MeatSuite.com, a free online tool to connect consumers to locally produced meats in bulk and to increase producer registry.
- Horse Park of New Jersey will use its $2,000 grant to support an educational program focused on farm safety, youth programs and presentations by 4H, FFA and Pony Club to generate interest in agriculture.
- A $2,000 grant was awarded to the New Jersey Junior Breeder Program to support their annual spring educational symposium on sheep, goats, dairy, beef, poultry, horses and rabbits for new and beginning farmers and 4H and FFA members.
- A $2,000 grant to New York Farm Bureau will go towards its Celebration of Agriculture Conference, which focuses on equipping grassroots leaders with tools to enhance the farm community’s image and knowledge, as well as provides networking opportunities.
- New York Holstein Association will use its $2,000 grant to support the New York Spring Dairy Carousel, a dairy judging contest for young adults to improve skills to evaluate, place and defend decisions made.
- A $2,000 grant to Slow Money NYC will underwrite the cost of planning and producing farm business development workshops.
- The Vermont Agency of Ag, Food and Markets received a $1,500 grant to host two events to educate the public about modern farming in June and August of this year.
- FarmOn! Foundation was awarded a $1,000 grant to support the first season of Ag-Academy, a three month internship to educate students about the business of food and farming.
- A $1,000 grant to ROOTS, a community-engaged agricultural non-profit dedicated to promoting food security, will assist training of local city residents on farming and to scale up the Mobile Farmers Market.