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The New York Farm Viability Institute is accepting proposals for grant funding for projects that assist New York farmers in improving profitability.

The New York Farm Viability Institute is announcing its 2012 competitive grants program, with funding awarded to projects that help farmers improve profitability, offer models for other farms to follow, and meet farmer-prioritized needs and opportunities within New York State.

The Institute awards grant funds to projects that reflect the diversity of New York agriculture, including the various production sectors, farm sizes, production practices, geographic location, and more.

Farmer groups, researchers, educators, nonprofit groups and privately-owned businesses may apply for funds.

“We are seeking proposals for projects that offer practical solutions for working farms in New York State.  We promote innovation by investing in research and outreach efforts that lead to a strong, viable agriculture sector in the state,” said Jim Bittner, chair of the NY Farm Viability board of directors, and operator of Singer Farms in Niagara County, NY.

The New York Farm Viability Institute is a farmer-led nonprofit organization that works with farmers throughout the state to identify and prioritize immediate opportunities and needs, then implement research and outreach projects to meet those needs.

The requests for proposals for all three NYFVI grant programs are online at www.nyfvi.org.  The Institute will offer grants in the following categories: Agriculture Innovation Center, which includes business planning, marketing and value-added product development; Energy Management & Bioenergy, including on-farm energy conservation and bioenergy systems, and Outreach & Applied Research, including on-farm research trials and outreach education.

The Institute is also announcing a series of grant writing workshops.  The workshops are designed to describe the funding opportunities and application requirements, and help project leaders develop successful applications:

·     June 5, 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Farm Credit East Office,
4363 Federal Drive, Batavia, NY.

·     June 12, 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County, Cortland County Office Building, 60 Central Ave., Cortland, NY.

·     June 13, 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension of St Lawrence County, Extension Learning Farm, 2043 State Highway 68, Canton, NY.

·     June 14, 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, Kingston Plaza, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, NY.

Participants must register by June 1 for the workshops at http://db.nyfvi.org/ or by calling the NYFVI office at 315-453-3823.

Application budget requests may not exceed $150,000.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. August 12, 2012, and contingent upon receiving a state contract for funding, the NYFVI Board plans to make funding decisions in December.

Applications must be submitted online.  Funded projects must complete quarterly progress reporting, requests for expense reimbursements and final reporting, using an online system maintained by the NY Farm Viability Institute.

The New York Farm Viability Institute receives funding from legislative appropriations through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. #


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