Farms in Steuben and Tompkins Counties will share in funds distributed through round two of the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program.
In total, 45 Southern Tier farms have been awarded 3.6-MILLION dollars in funding. In Steuben County, 14 farms received a total of just over one-MILLION dollars to share, while in Tompkins County 10 farms received 729-THOUSAND dollars.
The program helps farmers and agribusinesses expand and improve their operations while promoting the responsible use and protection of the state’s natural resources. Funding was awarded to projects in Broome, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. The program and its support of agriculture is a major component of Southern Tier Soaring, the region’s blueprint for economic growth.
“These grants provide farms the support they need to help expand the region’s agricultural industry and protect New York’s natural resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “By providing critical funding to advance strategic projects that develop local farms and boost the Southern Tier’s economy, New York is investing in the future of this critically important sector, helping this region to soar.”
Eligible applicants received up to $100,000 for projects to help increase farm production and profitability and better protect or enhance natural resources. The funding will be used for costs associated with construction, renovation, irrigation, drainage, fencing, trellis systems, greenhouses, and environmental enhancements. More than $18 million was awarded to 214 projects through the first round of the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program. In total, the program has provided nearly $22 million to farms in eleven counties.