| Resources for New Farmers
New York is open for business and interested in helping entrepreneurs start a farm enterprise. State agencies can provide you with necessary information to help your farm get off the ground and sustain it once operating.
There are a few ways to legally establish your farm business and it depends on your business model. First, businesses can incorporate with the state. If you are operating the business under your name, you will go a different route, and change it by filing a 'Doing Business As' or 'DBA' in your county.
It is also recommended to register your farm with the USDA FSA so you are eligible for federal farm programs and resources.
To learn about state licenses, please access the state’s licensing website.
Agency resources are listed below. To help guide you as to which resources to use, please look at the fact sheets developed by Cornell’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Project.
Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM)
Farmland Protection Resources
New York Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Market Development Resources
Farmers Market Nutrition Programs
Farm to School
Food Establishment Licenses
Department of Labor (DOL)
Summary of New York State Labor Laws Related to Farm and Food Processing
Farm Labor and Minimum Wage
Department of State (DOS)
Legal Business Structures
State Laws on Agricultural Buildings
New York State Office of New Americans
Empire State Development (ESD)
Minority Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE)
Consolidated Funding Application
New York State New Farmers Grant Fund
NYS’s Business Programs and Incentives
New York State Wine, Beer, Spirit and Cider
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Free and Low Cost Energy Audits
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Agricultural License Plates
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Water Quality Regulation
Concentrate Animal Feed Operations Permits
Chemical and Pollution Control
Department of Taxation and Finance (DOTF)
Agricultural Land Assessment Program