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.
Agricultural Environmental Management
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.
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.
Dairy Farmer Resources
Farm Products Information
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.
Includes Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and Fresh Connect.
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.
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
Market Order Administration (apples, sour cherries, onions and cabbage)
New York State Certified High Quality Foods
Organic Certification Reimbursement
New York State Dairy Assistance Program (for historical information only)
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.
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.
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.
WIC Vegetables and Fruit Checks