State Agriculture Commissioner Announces $1.4 Million Availability to Help Cultivated and Certified NYS Farms Implement Environmental Plans

State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced that $1.4 million is available to help New Brunswick fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers. York to produce their products in an environmentally responsible manner through the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship (AEM) program. Farmers must participate in the New York State Grown & Certified program to be eligible for funding to help implement their AEM plans. The RFP can be viewed here. The The deadline for producers to apply is October 24, 2022.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ball said: “The AEM program helps our growers produce products in a way that reduces risk to our state’s precious natural resources. Farms that become New York State Grown & Certified have already made a commitment to grow and produce sustainably. Funds are now available to help our farms fulfill these promises by further protecting our environment.

Funding for the implementation of the agricultural environmental management plan is provided through the Environmental Protection Fund, under the Oceans and Great Lakes Initiative. Helping specialty crop farms produce food to the highest environmental standards will protect and improve New York’s natural resources, including water and soil quality.

New York County Soil and Water Conservation Districts are eligible to apply for the program on behalf of farmers. The maximum grant for a project is $50,000. Funding for farms enrolled in the New York State Grown & Certified program will be made available statewide, with an emphasis on projects located within the Great Lakes watershed or on farms with direct drainage to the Great Lakes. ‘Atlantic Ocean.

For growers, participation in agricultural environmental management provides greater access to programs, particularly New York State Grown & Certified, which includes a marketing campaign to promote New York growers who meet program standards. This includes labels on products and promotional material, such as a website, videos and sales materials, to encourage participation in the program among growers and to educate retail, wholesale and institutional buyers on the value of the program.

Additionally, NYS Grown & Certified will launch a new digital advertising campaign that will run through the end of September. Later this year, the Department will also announce details regarding funding available to NYS Grown & Certified farms through the NYS Grown & Certified Infrastructure, Research, Development and Technology Grant Program, as announced in the State of the State of Governor Kathy Hochul.

For more information on how to join NYS Grown & Certified, please visit www.certified.ny.gov.

Launched in 2016, the New York State Grown & Certified program assures consumers that the food they buy is local and produced to higher standards by requiring participating growers to adopt food safety standards and enroll in a program. of environmental management. Since the program began, the NYS G&C program has grown and evolved to cover 20 agricultural commodities and processing industries.

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