Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

June 26, 2007

Commissioner Announces Agricultural Grant Opportunity

Agricultural Research and Development RFP Released; Proposals Due August 28, 2007

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced Round VII of the Grow New York Food and Agriculture Industry Development (FAID) Program, designed to fund research and development projects that enhance the production, processing and distribution of agricultural products and food in New York State.

The FAID Program provides matching funds, up to $60,000, to public and private agencies, organizations, businesses, educational institutions, local governments and individuals that submit proposals which implement innovative and low-risk approaches to the research, development, production, processing and distribution of agricultural products.

Eligible projects should capitalize on the State’s unique resources and strategic location near significant markets, and must involve market development or expansion, production diversification, processing and distribution system development; facilitate commercial application of new technologies; or conduct feasibility studies.

FAID applications are available by contacting the Department at 1-800-544-4501 or by downloading the form from the Department’s website at All applications for funding must be received by the Department by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2007.

To date, FAID has awarded $3.5 million to support 106 projects across the State. FAID is part of the Department’s Grow New York initiative, which incorporates numerous programs designed to enhance the economic vitality of agriculture in New York.

Since Grow New York was established in 2000, the Department has provided more than $5 million in competitive grants for nearly 275 agricultural projects including farmers' market improvements, farmland viability projects, and research and development grants.

Agriculture is one of New York’s most significant industries, encompassing 25 percent of the State’s landscape and generating more than $3 billion for our economy each year. Currently, New York State has 7.6 million acres of farmland with 35,000 farms.

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