Agri-Business Child Development (Farmworker daycare)
Assists the industry by providing childcare service
for nearly 2,000 children of migrant farmworkers and other income
eligible agricultural workers at 40 different locations across New
Benefits farmers by providing incentives such
as preferential real property tax assessments and protections against
restrictive ordinance and nuisance suits, thus enhancing farmers
ability to keep their land in production.
Helps farmers meet regulatory requirements and
address environmental concerns; this voluntary, incentive-based
program also helps farm operations meet business objectives, while
protecting the states water supplies.
Agricultural Producers Security (Farm Products Dealer Licensing)
This program offers a measure of financial protection for producers by requiring licensed dealers to file surety in the form of a bond or letter of credit with the Department.
Cattle Health Assurance Program
Utilizes a team of advisors to develop farm-specific
herd health plans that increases herd health, while assuring food
safety and promoting environmental stewardship.
Urban Agriculture Program
Urban Agriculture Program was created to support the thousands of New Yorkers who are building greener, healthier cities through community gardens, school gardens and educational farms.
Crop Insurance/Risk Management
Crop Insurance and Risk Management Education
The Department provides education opportunities to producers about crop insurance and risk management, partnered with the USDA Risk Management Agency.
Egg Quality Assurance Program
Improves the quality of eggs produced in New York,
while minimizing the public health risk posed by Salmonella enteritidis
by implementing best management practices on the farm.
Farm to Factory
Farm to Factory provides technical assistance to link New York State farmers and local food manufacturers. It is the result of a 2009 USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) grant.
(including Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, Fresh Connect)
Farm to College
Farm to School
The goal of the NY Farm to School Program is to increase the consumption of New York-grown and minimally processed foods in schools in order to strengthen local agriculture, improve student health, and promote regional food systems awareness.
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Promotes improved nutrition through increased
consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables by providing
coupons for fresh produce at participating farmers markets
to low-income, nutritionally at-risk families enrolled in WIC and
Senior Nutrition Programs.
Market Order Administration (apples, sour cherries, onions and cabbage)
Organic Certification Reimbursement
Preserves viable farmland in New York State by
providing financial assistance to municipalities to help support
local farmland protection plans and the purchase of development
rights on farmland, which allows farm owners to utilize their equity
in the land without selling the farm.
Food and Agriculture Security
Organic Farming Development/Assistance
Provides information resources to farmers interested in transition to organic farming, access to the Department’s economic development resources, and partial reimbursement of organic certification fees.
Pride of New York
Assists food producers and retailers by promoting
the sale of New York produced food and food products, this program
provides marketing materials, technical assistance, and conducts
promotional activities that highlight New York States many
exceptional food and agricultural products.
Produce Quality Assurance Program
Provides third-party verification services for
growers, packers, shippers and receivers, verifying that products
sold are produced and/or packed under the safest means practicable.
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides funding to State Departments of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
Trade Shows/Consumer Events
WIC Vegetables and Fruit Checks