Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Agricultural Development
Steve McGrattan, (518) 457-7836

Business Development

The division provides educational information and assistance on a variety of programs to help protect and grow agricultural businesses. The division also administers numerous state and federal grants that are available throughout the year.

Agricultural Producers Security Program (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.

Crop Insurance/Risk Management

Working with the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, the Department provides educational opportunities to producers about crop insurance and risk management.

Market Order Administration

Market Orders are used to market and promote certain products and supports market and production research. The division administers all marketing orders except those involving dairy products. Current marketing orders are for apples, sour cherries, onions and cabbage.

Organic Farming - Development and Information

Whether you are interested in transitioning to organic farming, need to be certified as an organic farm, or are a consumer that wants to buy organic foods, this is the place to look. The Department has dozens of resources available relating to organic farming and foods.

Specialty Crop Block Grants

New York State produces a wide range of specialty crops that rank high in the nation in terms of both production and economic value. The United States Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides funding to State Departments of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.