Southern Tier, N.Y. (WENY)-- 45 farms in the Southern Tier have been award $3.6 million in round two of the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program.
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 will be used for covering construction, irrigation, draining, greenhouses, and environmental enhancement costs. "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 in a statement. "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."
In Steuben County, 14 projects received a total of $1,037,568. In Tioga County, 3 projects received a total of $198,712. In Tompkins County, 10 farms received $729,610. Farm projects in Broome, Cattaraugus, and Chenango counties all received grant money as well. In the first round of the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program, 214 projects were awarded $18 million. Overall, this program has provided $22 million to farms in 11 counties.