Funding Supports Critical Research, Technical Assistance, Promotion and Educational Programming
Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie announced recently the fiscal year 2020 Enacted Budget includes $33.2M in local assistance to grow New York’s agriculture industry. This funding will provide support for specialized technical assistance, research, agricultural economic development and promotion, agricultural access, education and workforce programming.
“Agriculture is a leading driver of the New York State economy and the bedrock of so many local communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding targets critical areas of the industry to incentivize and spur growth, while supporting programs that will sustain farms and the world-class products they sell for generations to come.”
Program funding includes:
- $4.088 million for Cornell University Education and Outreach programs, such as Agriculture in the Classroom, Future Farmers of America, Cornell University Farm Labor Specialist and Pro-Dairy.
- $1.555 million for Cornell University Research and Development programs in the areas of berries, honeybees, maple, onions, vegetable, hard cider, Concord grapes and hops and barley.
- $5.887 million for Agricultural Development programs, such as Taste NY, Grow NY, NYS Brewers Association, NYS Cider Association, NYS Distillers Guild, NY Wine and Grape Foundation, NY Christmas Tree Farmers Association, NYS Apple Association, NYS Maple Producers and more.
- $10.9 million for Ag Access and Education programs, such as $750,000 for Farm-to-School, $250,000 for the Tractor Rollover Program operated by New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, and $9.275 million for Agribusiness Child Development centers, which provide early childhood education and social services to farm worker families across New York State.
- $7.655 million for the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center, which provides laboratory testing services for the improved health of animals.
- $2.035 million for the Farm Viability Institute, which provides funding for agricultural research projects.
Visit the Governor’s website for the full news release.