Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program recently awarded $41,000 to 18 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, Farm Credit of Maine and CoBank. Since its inception in 1996, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement has awarded more than $1.38 million through 515 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.
. Cornell Dairy Fellows Program will use their $5,000 grant to support Cornell Dairy Fellows, a comprehensive undergraduate program for students considering careers in the dairy industry.
. A $5,000 grant to the New England Apple Association will be used to support young apple growers' attendance of the International Tree Fruit Association annual meeting. This meeting provides educational and networking opportunities, with speakers from around the world discussing new growing methods and technologies.
. American Farmland Trust (New York) will use a $4,000 grant to support Farmland Advisors, a farmland access and farm transfers training program. The program will provide up to 80 agricultural professionals with information to assist farmers and landowners with farmland access and farm transfer issues.
. In partnership with the New York Farm Bureau, the Long Island Farm Bureau will use their $4,000 grant to update its Ag in the Classroom education video, which is used to educate fourth-grade students on the importance of agriculture.
. New York Flower Power, Inc. will use their $3,000 grant to help market the pilot Plants for Parks program which uses locally grown plant material (donated by New York Flower Power members) to beautify New York's state parks.
. A $2,500 grant to the Rondout Valley Growers Association, Inc. (New York) will be used to host a series of special events and educational farm-based programs with growers and the community to strengthen agriculture and support local farms.
. A $2,500 grant to Unique Maine Farms will support the Unique Maine Farms project, which offers an educational tool for Maine middle school and high school students to become aware of all the career opportunities available in agriculture in Maine.
. The Farmers Market Federation of New York will use their $2,000 grant to help develop a game called MarketMania that will be used at the New York State Fair to increase knowledge of local food and agriculture and encourage consumers to purchase and consume more local foods through farmers' markets.
. A $2,000 grant to Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom will be used to support a variety of education seminars that assist teachers and other educators in making the connection from the farm to the classroom through agricultural activities.
. New York Farm Bureau will use their $2,000 grant to support the New York Farm Bureau's annual Leadership Conference, which provides educational and motivational sessions for young farmers.
. The Vermont Holstein Association will use their $2,000 grant to support their Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit in April. This event brings together over 150 youth from New England and New York to educate them on calf selection, nutrition, care and showing.
. A $1,500 grant to the New Jersey Junior Breeders Fund will support the annual Junior Breeder & Young Farmer Symposium focusing on 4-H and FFA members involved in agriculture. This is a hands-on day of learning, encouraging youth to stay involved in agriculture.
. New York Holstein Association will use their $1,500 grant to support the Northeast Spring National Dairy Judging Contest held during the New York Spring Dairy Carousel. This is an opportunity for young adults to have a hands-on experience of organizing and running an event.
. The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming (Ithaca, N.Y.) will use their $1,000 grant to support direct mentorship of participants in the Farm Enterprise Incubator Program in areas such as business planning, farm record-keeping, financing, marketing, agricultural law and production.
. The Holstein Foundation will use its $1,000 grant to support their Young Dairy Leaders Institute, which helps develop leadership for the dairy industry. YDLI consists of three phases ensuring development of essential skills for individual leadership, applying the skills in real-life scenarios, and focusing on leadership to benefit the dairy industry.
. A $1,000 grant to the New York Holstein Association will support the annual New York Holstein Spring Dairy Carousel, a four-day dairy event which showcases animals, dairy farmers and dairy farming in the Northeast.
. Monadnock Farm and Community Connection (New Hampshire) will use their $500 grant to support Farm Appreciation Night, which brings the community together to celebrate the role of agriculture in the Monadnock region.
. A $500 grant to the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be used to support the Inaugural New England Meat Conference, the purpose of which is to enhance the production, processing and marketing of meat from New England farms.
Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program
. Created: 1996
. Total grant dollars since 1996: $1,389,866
. Total projects supported: 515
. Proposal submission dates: April 1, August 1, December 1
. Contact: Robert A. Smith, Farm Credit East, 2668 State Route 7, Suite 21, Cobleskill, NY 12043
. Phone: 518-296-8188
. Send funding proposals to: AgEnhancement@FarmCreditEast.com
. For more information: FarmCreditEast.com/Industry-Support.aspx