This year’s New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) grant recipients seek to answer questions to build and share practical knowledge that directly improves the economic viability of New York’s farmers. The NYFVI Board of Directors announced that it is funding 21 projects at a total of $1,539,324.

“Our increased funding from New York State allowed us to support more projects, and a wider range of projects.” said Jim Bittner, Chair of the Board of Directors of NYFVI and owner of Bittner-Singer Orchards. “The opportunity to help the High Falls Foundation Inc. build and teach a NY growers network for Chinese medicinal herbs, currently a $30 million dollar import market, is exciting.”

“On behalf of the all-farmer, all-volunteer board, I would like to thank Governor Cuomo along with Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Bill Magee and their respective Agriculture Committees for their strong support of our mission in the NYS budget.” continued Bittner.

In order to ensure the work was addressing on the ground priorities, all proposals were evaluated by NYFVI’s extensive farmer review network. The volunteer board, comprised of ten farmers from across the state made the final funding decisions.

The 21 projects selected represent a cross section of NY agriculture, with research and education that will benefit farmers of all sizes and production practices. Project work is beginning immediately.