Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program awarded $52,300 to 13 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. Since its inception in 1996, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement has awarded more than $1.75 million through 645 grants.
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.
- The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association was awarded an $8,000 grant to support the convening of forest industry leaders from six New England states, New York and Washington DC to discuss policies and training programs in support of the forest products industry.
- An $8,000 grant to Professional Logging Contractors will be used to prepare an economic impact study of logging in Maine to educate the public on the economic importance of the forest products sector.
- The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge will use its $6,000 grant to host its annual dairy challenge program.
- Cornell University received a $5,000 grant to support its Junior Dairy Leader program, a program to prepare youth for careers in the dairy industry.
- New York State Ag Society was awarded a $4,300 grant to support its Century Farm Awards program.
- A $4,000 grant to American Farmland Trust will support a three-day succession planning training workshop in New Hampshire.
- The Glynwood Center will use its $4,000 grant to host practical skills training workshops for new farmers in the Hudson Valley.
- A $4,000 grant to the New York State Junior Holstein Association will be used for leadership development programs.
- NOFA-NJ will use its $2,500 grant to host four core farmer training programs covering marketing, financial, legal and human risk factors.
- A $2,500 grant to NOFA-VT will support its Lands Oral History Project to document and preserve farmers’ unique histories in Vermont counties.
- Center for Coastal Studies received a $2,000 grant to provide scholarships to children of fishing and shellfish farming families to participate in an education and research-oriented internship.
- A $1,000 grant to Erie County Agricultural Society will support its next livestock camp. This two day exhibition provides youth with industry knowledge and skills to be successful in and out of the ring.
- Holstein Foundation will use its $1,000 grant to support class nine, phase III of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute.