More than $1m to help farms join New York State Grown & Certified programStaff Writer | April 28, 2017
More than $1 million has been awarded to 29 specialty crop farms through the Agricultural Environmental Management grant program in New York.
Empire State Agricultural Environmental Management
This funding will also help more farms join the State’s New York State Grown & Certified program. Farmers must participate in an environmental management program to be eligible for the State’s agricultural promotion and certification program.
An Agricultural Environmental Management plan assists fruit, vegetable and other specialty crop growers to produce foods using the highest environmental standards by helping farmers protect and improve New York’s natural resources, including water and soil quality.
New York State’s County Soil and Water Conservation Districts were eligible to apply for this first-ever program on behalf of farmers.
Maximum award amounts for projects were $50,000 and included funding for micro-irrigation systems, equipment upgrades to reduce pesticide application, best practices to protect surface and groundwater resources, mitigate wash water runoff, and implement cover crops to reduce soil erosion and to enhance pollinator habitat. ■