Federal Funding Announced For Crop Research, Safety, and Promotion in NY

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/21 2014 02:06PM

Updated 03/21 2014 02:09PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -  New York is getting $1.1 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further research, safety, and promotion of specialty crops in the state. 

A press release says the Specialty Crop Block Grant program works to enhance the competitiveness of New York farms by forming new partnerships to create innovations in agriculture that benefit the state's economy. 

"New York's agricultural sector offers a diverse array of specialty crops as part of an already robust and thriving industry that has grown continually over the past three years," Governor Cuomo said. "This $1.1 million will help local farmers across the state expand and provide valuable information to benefit our ever evolving agro-food industry, and spread the word on New York products nationwide." 

To apply for this funding, please visit www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, not-for-profit educational institutions, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Projects must be completed within two years and six months from the award date, and are expected to be announced in September 2014. 

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