The Division maintains a small staff of business assistance specialists.
These specialists provide various types of guidance and information
to agri-businesses interested in locating in New York or existing
firms that are looking to expand or diversify their operations.
This includes both indirect assistance in the form of advising local
development professionals on the needs and opportunities presented
by agricultural businesses, as well as direct assistance to businesses
through the provision of information on sources of public funding.
The agribusiness assistance staff also are available to review business
plans or assist in their development and offer regulatory guidance.
Grow New York Enterprise Program
A joint initiative between the Governor's Office for Small Cities,
Empire State Development Corporation and the Department of Agriculture
and Markets, which dedicates $3 million to increasing the demand
for and expanding the use of New York's agriculture and forest products.
The primary objective of the program is to provide funds to local
governments who in turn use the dollars to assist qualifying businesses
who undertake activities resulting in the creation or retention
of job opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
More information on the Grow New York
Other Funding Opportunities
Marketing Improvement Grants
The Division has been successful in securing USDA Federal-State
Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) matching grants annually
to explore expanded market opportunities for New York State food
and agricultural products. The Division typically administers these
funds and supervises implementation of the project by a private
sector or local government cooperator. A project addressing farmer
redemption of food stamps in an electronic benefits transfer (EBT)
environment is currently in process in NYC. The project is examining
the feasibility of using hand held cellular devices to read EBT
cards at farmersí markets, which lack phone and electrical service.
Due to the positive results shown in this project to date, the Department
recently received a $100,000 special USDA grant to expand the pilot
project to upstate areas in collaboration with the NYS Office of
Temporary Disability Assistance.The Division will seek additional
FSMIP grants to fund agricultural development and marketing projects
in the coming year.
The Department has a history of partnering with not-for-profit
organizations to conduct marketing projects using FSMIP funding.
In such cases, the Department applies for the funding and enters
into a contract with the third party for completion of their portion
of the project. Organizations with innovative marketing projects
should contact Jonathon Thomson at
firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their project
and the FSMIP process.
State Receives $100,000 to Expand EBT Tech at Farmers' Markets
Organic Certification Fee Reimbursement Program
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets administers a certification fee reimbursement program that is funded with federal dollars. Farmers and processors may apply for reimbursement of organic certification fees and receive 75% of the total fee up to a maximum of $750.