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News & Notes for New York Farmers from the New York Farm Bureau

Tax Credit Available to New York Farmers for Charitable Food Donations Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced New York farmers are eligible to receive a tax credit for qualifying food donations made to food banks and other emergency food programs beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The tax credit is expected to save farmers a total of … Read More

What Happened to the New York ROPS Rebate Program?

by Matthew Alfultis Within agriculture, tractor rollovers account for the most fatalities (approximately 125 per year), as older tractor models lack proper protection. In 2006, the ROPS Rebate Program was launched in New York to help farmers install rollover protective structures (ROPS) on any tractor without one. ROPS, when used with seatbelts, are proven to be 99% effective in preventing serious injury or fatality in the event of a tractor overturn. Since the start of the Program, we have facilitated the installation of 1,600 roll bars across New … Read More

Announcing NYFC’s New Guidebook on FSA loans!

The National Young Farmers Coalition just released Farm Service Agency Loans: The Ins and Outs of Growing a Farm with Federal Loans, an illustrated guidebook for farmers looking to secure credit from USDA. This is the first comprehensive plain language guide to FSA loans since before the introduction of the popular microloan in 2013. We’re excited to share … Read More

Farmers.gov Website Launched

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live, but will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs. … Read More

Book Review: Mycorrhizal Planet by Michael Phillips

One of the great mysteries of the soil are the mycorrhizal fungi, which live by forming beneficial relationships to plants. “Myco” means mushroom, and “rhizal” root, and these truly unique organisms are seen as one of the keys to healthy soil and plant communities. Until now, information to better understand the ways they work and … Read More

Young Farmer Survey Gives A Glimpse of the Next Generation

The results of a survey titled “Building a Future With Farmers II” from the National Young Farmers Coalition offers important insights to policy, education, and justice efforts needed to keep farming strong across the US. The survey, which solicited 3,517 respondents with the help of 94 partner organizations, offers a number of specific challenges young farmers face, most notably access to … Read More

Supporting Haudenosaunee Seed Stewardship in New York

For the community members of the St. Regis Mohawk/Akwesasne Tribe of northern New York, seeds are not just commodities to be planted for food, they are sacred. When their seeds disappear, so do their ceremonies, language, songs, farming practices, and connections to their ancestors. The Native American Seed Sanctuary project is an outgrowth of an existing partnership with The … Read More

Spotlight: Minority Landowner Magazine

Minority Landowner Magazine is a national publication that highlights the stories of minority, limited resource, and social disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. The mission of the magazine is to support landowners to improve productivity, increase profitability, and maintain ownership of their land. The magazine was founded in 2005 by Victor Harris, a forester with … Read More

John May Farm Safety Fund Eligibility Requirements Expanded to Help More Farms

What is new? We have expanded our eligibility criteria to now include New York State dairy farms with up to 699 mature dairy cattle, as well as increasing the annual gross cash income to $349,999 for all farms. About the program: As the first program of its kind in New York State, this cost sharing … Read More

Parasite Control for Small Ruminant Producers

Small Ruminant Producers: Do you want to improve your parasite control through genetic selection? The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is  offering free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms. AVAILABLE TO: Ø National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members wanting to generate Estimated Breeding Values … Read More

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