Open Now! Grants for Producers with Terminated Contracts
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Inc. (NOFA-NY) is administering a Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (DBIC) non-competitive grant program and providing technical assistance supported by the New York Farm Viability Institute for New York organic dairy producers that have recently had their hauling/processing contracts terminated.
All certified organic dairy producers in New York who have recently had their contracts terminated are eligible to apply for funds for infrastructure and equipment purchases or upgrades needed to make the farm shipment-ready or to improve milk quality. Farms do not have to be certified with NOFA-NY to apply for funding but must be located in New York State.
Grant funds will be available on a reimbursement basis – meaning payments will be distributed after supplying NOFA-NY receipts for eligible purchases. Please note that purchases must be pre-approved by NOFA-NY, or, if preferred, NOFA-NY can purchase eligible equipment on your behalf. Each eligible farm can receive up to $5,000.
- These funds can be used for, but are not limited to:
- Chart recorders
- Milkhouse equipment replacement
- Sanitation supplies
- Stanchion and tie-stall improvements (i.e. mattresses)
- Technical assistance (i.e. to address milk quality issues, improve components)
- Barn, housing, or other farmstead improvements (excluding construction costs) that are critical to ensuring you have a buyer
This grant program runs until January 31, 2023, however, the funds are available right now, so please don’t wait to apply!
With questions or for help completing your application, please contact
Liana Hoodes of NOFA-NY at 914-443-5759 or Lhoodes@nofany.org.
Business and Personal Support
NY Farm Net guides NY State farms through periods of transition, opportunity, or challenge by providing free, confidential, on-farm consulting services. Services include financial and business planning and personal wellbeing.
CADE is a community of agricultural entrepreneurs and specialists working to build a vibrant food system. Their services include dairy farm support programming to increase the profitability and long-term viability of dairy farms in our region.
Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline provides immediate and effective support services for farm families in crisis. Call or email for local and national resources, especially for organic dairy farmers.
- Phone: 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243)
- Email email@example.com
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets manages the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, one of three USDA Dairy Business Innovation Centers (DBIC) in the U.S. and serves all New England states, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The Northeast DBIC provides support to dairy businesses, including organic dairy producers, through projects that promote the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products. Projects target dairy farms and processors while providing additional support through market research and technical assistance.
- Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant: Grants to support food safety projects including specialized equipment purchase, supplies, food safety training, and certifications. Priority will be given to projects that are utilizing food safety improvements to access new markets. This grant will be released in October. Grants of $10,000 – $40,000 with a 25% match commitment.
- Dairy Farm Innovation & Alternative Management Grant: This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models that support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders. Grants will range from $15,000 to $75,000 with a 25% match commitment required.
- Organic On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant: These grants for organic dairy farmers will support the purchase of equipment and other related costs that will improve milk storage, handling, and energy efficiencies. Projects funded by this grant will streamline milk pick-up, create efficiencies around milk storage, and improve handling for both farmers and their processors. Priority will be given to farmers that are transitioning to a new processor to meet their new processor’s requirements. Grants will range from $10,000- $50,000 with a 25% match commitment. Match waivers are also available. FSA low-interest loans and other grants are encouraged to supplement the project.
For more information about DBIC opportunities contact:
- Laura Ginsburg, Center Lead
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (802) 522-2252
- Website: agriculture.vermont.gov/dbic/activities
View NRCS NY’s Financial Resources webpage for a full listing of voluntary technical and financial assistance programs available to farmers. These programs can help improve natural resource management including developing nutrient management plans. Contact your local field office for more details about which programs are right for you and how to apply.
The John May Farm Safety Fund provides matching funds to small and mid-sized farm operations for repairs and upgrades that make for a safer workplace. You pay half. They pay half, up to $5,000. If you’re an active farmer, a NY resident, and milk fewer than 700 cows, you’re eligible to apply. The fund is a project of the Bassett Healthcare Network, New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health.
American Farmland Trust will begin accepting applications for the Brighter Future Fund 2022-23 grant cycle on November 1 at 8 a.m. EST! Applications for grants up to $5,000 funding farm projects building resilience and displaying innovation are encouraged. Past funded projects include hoop house installation, soil health improvements, and mobile farmers markets, just to name a few! Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The final day to apply is Nov. 15. Go to www.farmland.org/brighter-future for more guidelines and eligibility.
Processor & Cooperative Listing
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Milk Control has compiled a list of all NY dairy processors and cooperatives. Access the list here.
With questions about this listing, please contact Louis (Lou) Canter, Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services
- Email: Louis.Canter@agriculture.ny.gov
- Phone: 518-485-1905
- Website: https://agriculture.ny.gov/division-milk-control-and-dairy-services
This page is a curated list of personal, business, and financial resources for New York organic dairy producers. To recommend additions or edits to this page, please contact Katie Baildon at email@example.com.