Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of the ‘New Farmers Grant Fund,’ which is intended to support beginning farmers and encourage farming as a career.

The $614,000 fund will provide grants for beginning farmers who will substantially participate in the production of an agriculture product, and employ the use of innovative agricultural techniques at commercial farm operations throughout the State.

Eligible farmers who participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation in the state can receive up to $50,000. Grant funds can be used for up to 50% of project costs, such as lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; and purchase of supplies such as root stock, seed or fertilizer. The deadline for applications is January 28, 2015.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“New York’s farmers play a central role in New York’s economy, and today we’re taking another step forward in supporting them and their industry….I am proud to be supporting the next generation of farmers in New York, and I look forward to seeing our agricultural economy flourish for seasons and generations to come.”