Organic Dairy Producer Resources

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 May 1, 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

Business and Personal Support

NY FarmNet 

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. 

Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE)

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

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.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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.

Phone: 800-273-8255

Financial Support

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center 

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.

For more information about DBIC opportunities contact: 

Natural Resources Conservation Service New York

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.

John May Farm Safety Fund

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.

Brighter Future Fund

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 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

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