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Farm Credit Awards $43,700 to Northeast Farm Programs


Enfield, Conn.—Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program recently awarded $43,700 to 16 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 $1.3 million through 496 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. 

  • New York FFA Foundation will use its $11,550 ($1,650 per state) grant to support a 4-day National Leadership Conference for FFA officers from six states (New England states and New York). (This is approved as 7 state requests for $1,650 per state.)
  • Questar III BOCES (NY Capital District) will use a $4,000 grant to support the Tech Valley Entrepreneurial Agriculture Youth Initiative’s innovative summer camp to foster the development of young entrepreneurs in agriculture and build interest in agricultural employment opportunities.
  • A $3,000 grant to the Empire State Forestry Foundation will support the Teachers Forestry Tour which brings teachers together with loggers, wood product manufacturers and foresters to enable them to go back to the classrooms with a better knowledge of forestry. 
  • The New England Apple Association will use a $4,000 grant to develop a consumer focused video on the use and value of integrated pest management for apple production. 
  • A $4,000 grant to New England Green Pastures will support certain agricultural programs at the Big E including the “Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year” program and the Salute to Agriculture initiative. 
  • Adirondack Sustainable Communities, Inc. will use its $1,500 grant to prepare and publish maps that show the combination of suitable soils, current use, and land ownership in an effort to assist farmers in the Adirondack region that are involved in  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and other small scale farming businesses. 
  • A $500 grant to the Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom will be used to support the School Garden Mentoring Project to enable Massachusetts educators to educate youth on growing plants. 
  • A $500 grant to the Merrimack County Conservation District will be used for a Beef to Institution Conference to reduce barriers that discourage the purchase of locally raised beef and other meat products. 
  • theMOVE’s $500 grant will support the organization of farm-volunteer workdays for diverse urban groups throughout Metro Boston. These workdays will help to develop a better understanding of farming. 
  • The Maine TREE Foundation will use a $6,000 grant to support the Teachers’ Tours of the Maine Forest program. This program provides teachers with a first-hand experience to share with students, colleagues and their community. 
  • New Jersey FFA Association will use its $1,650 grant to support the 4-day National Leadership Conference for State FFA Officers. 
  • A $1,000 grant to the NY Pork Producers Empire Swine Youth Program will be used for a youth program and contest held at the New York State fair. This multi-faceted program involves contests on the knowledge of the swine industry, management capabilities and interviewing skills.  
  • A $2,500 grant to the Northeast Livestock Expo (ME) will support the Northeast Livestock Expo youth events designed to promote livestock and agriculture through a series of workshops, multi-species events, leadership and mentoring programs. 
  • A $1,500 grant to Seacoast Eat Local will support this consumer education/outreach program which increases the positive economic impact of winter farmers’ markets (46 farmers needed) by building a stronger base of educated consumers in the region. 
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, Inc. (SEMAP) will use its $1,000 grant to support SEMAP’s Community Education program dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food in southeastern Massachusetts. 
  • A $500 grant to the Walton Regional Livestock Show will support a regional livestock show to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products. 

Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program

  • Created: 1996
  • Total grant dollars since 1996: $1,315,566
  • Total projects supported: 496
  • 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

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