Farm Credit Awards $33,300 to Northeast Farm Programs
ENFIELD, CONN. - Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program recently awarded $33,300 to 11 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.
- A $6,000 grant to the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (Northeast Region) will be used to support this three-day event where dairy students from various agricultural colleges analyze all aspects of a dairy farm and make recommendations to a panel of judges. This event allows students the opportunity to compete, share and make contacts with dairy industry organizations, while also providing career development for dairy industry students.
- The New England Land Grant Universities / University of Massachusetts will use its $5,000 grant to support the Winter Traveling Dairy Tour, a five day tour that provides 30 college students the opportunity to visit dairy farms and dairy related businesses. Participating students are exposed to progressive dairy facilities and practices, giving the students a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by dairy producers.
- A $4,300 grant to the New York State Agricultural Society will support the 2013 Century and Bicentennial Farm Family recognition program. This program recognizes the unique and special contributions made by generations of farm families in the Empire State, while also educating the public on farming in New York State.
- A $4,000 grant to the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) will be used to host a day-long session titled "Refugee and Immigrant Farmer Leadership Program" in March 2013. This event will be coordinated by ORIS in conjunction with the National Immigrant Farming Initiative and will focus on increasing leadership skills among immigrant farmers and increasing efficiencies and profitability for refugee- owned farms.
- A $4,000 grant to New York Agriculture in the Classroom will be used to enhance the Agricultural Literacy Week program that will be held in March of 2013. This program helps to improve the understanding of modern day agriculture among school children by using agriculturally themed books read by a network of volunteers to 36,000 elementary school students across the state.
- In support of their Young and Beginning Farmer education programs, NOFA-New Jersey will use their $2,500 grant to provide on-farm training and information on various agricultural topics, with a focus on solving agricultural problems, showcasing innovation and presenting new research in agriculture.
- The Granite State Association of FFA (New Hampshire) will use it $2,000 grant to support 10 students attendance of "Greenhand Leadership Continuum," a three conference series held to encourage new FFA members to become involved in leadership opportunities available at the state level. This activity helps to develop leadership skills, as well as highlight agriculture and careers in agriculture.
- A $2,000 grant to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets will be put towards a Vermont rural road safety initiative to improve rural road safety by increasing awareness among both motorists and farmers on the necessary transport of farm equipment on rural roads.
- A $1,500 grant to the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York will be used to support educational efforts, such as a new producer workshop related to Christmas tree fertilization, to provide Association members and the public with educational information about the real tree industry.
- Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station was awarded a $1,000 grant to support the development of a new curriculum initiative, "Leadership Development: Practical Applications in Agriculture" for undergraduate students. Students from various college disciplines will participate in an on-farm practicum involving students and individual farm businesses.
- Washington County (NY) Soil and Water Conservation District will use their $1,000 grant to support the Logging Chainsaw Safety Training course to be held in October. This course will provide professional training in the safe operation of chainsaws and proper felling techniques, as well as woodlot management.
Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program
- Created: 1996
- Total grant dollars since 1996: $1,348,866
- Total projects supported: 507
- 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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Robert A. Smith