New York State Agriculture Commissioner Announces $700,000 Available to Support New York’s Farmers’ Markets
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Announces $700000 ... Department of Agriculture and Markets
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Announces $700,000 Awarded to Farmers’ Markets Across the State
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced that $700,000 is available to New York’s farmers’ markets through the second round of the Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program. Grant funding will help farmers’ markets across the state make significant improvements by enhancing infrastructure, online sales, and delivery systems. Funding for the program was included in the 2024 New York State Budget and builds on Governor Hochul’s commitment to ensure a resilient food system in New York State. Awards for Round 1 of the program were announced earlier this year.
Commissioner Ball’s Statement
Commissioner Ball said, “The Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program is an important part of New York’s ongoing effort to strengthen our food supply chain. By facilitating online sales, delivery capacity, and infrastructure improvements, funding provided through this program will help our farmers and producers reach more consumers and provide an economic boost to our farmers. I thank Governor Hochul for her continued commitment to our agricultural industry and encourage all eligible entities to apply.”
Funding Available for Resilient Farmers’ Markets
Funding available through the Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program will be available for projects such as:
- Modernizing the delivery of products
- Repairing, replacing, or enhancing market infrastructure
- Developing or scaling up marketing and outreach efforts
Projects that help the food system remain resilient, especially when supply chain disruptions occur, will be given priority.
Eligibility and Funding Details
Eligible applicants include:
- Registered not-for-profit organizations
- Local municipalities
- Business improvement districts
- Public benefit corporations
- Indian tribal organizations that have experience operating at least one farmers’ market
The program will provide $400,000 for larger markets (40 or more vendors), with awards ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, and $300,000 for smaller markets (less than 40 vendors), with awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Entities awarded funding in the previous round of the program are not eligible to apply.
For more information on the Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program and how to apply, visit agriculture.ny.gov/rfp-0317-new-york-state-farmers-market-resiliency-grant-program. The deadline for proposals is 3:00 pm on November 15, 2023. Applications for funding must conform to the format provided in the Grants Gateway. A webinar with program information will take place on October 3 at 11:00 am. Learn more and register.
Statement from Diane Eggert, Executive Director of the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York
Diane Eggert, Executive Director of the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York said, “While COVID upended many businesses, farmers’ markets kept going. The food supply was uninterrupted and managed to keep those connections between producers and consumers open and thriving. But it came at a cost to farmers’ market organizations as they struggled to accommodate all requirements to keep everyone safe. This grant will help those markets and farmers to move their businesses forward to ensure a continued, thriving marketplace that brings farmers and consumers together so everyone can enjoy the bounty of New York grown and produced foods.”
Investing in a Resilient Food System
Funding for the Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program is a part of Governor Hochul’s strong investment in New York’s agricultural and food industries, aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating a resilient food system that can withstand extreme events. New York State continues to prioritize increasing access to food for all New Yorkers through efforts including the FreshConnect Fresh2You initiative, Nourish New York, and significant investments in the FY 2024 Budget that support food supply chain enhancements.
The New York State Council on Hunger and Food Policy convenes to provide expertise on how to address food security, strengthen the food supply chain, and provide New York State residents with greater access to healthy, locally-grown food. The Council on Hunger and Food Policy released a report in early 2022, outlining recommendations for how to improve the resiliency and self-reliance of the food system statewide. The Council has additionally established an Improving Urban and Rural Consumer Access to Locally Produced Healthy Foods Working Group to connect upstate and downstate New York on food procurement and distribution, which released a report in February.
Farmers’ markets, farm stands, and mobile markets are crucial components to a healthy food system. Today, New York has more than 400 farmers’ markets, 250 farm stands, and 10 mobile market operators. They provide outlets for agricultural producers to meet the rising consumer demand for a variety of fresh, affordable, and convenient products grown directly from the farm. New York State—through the Department of Agriculture and Markets, Department of Health, Office for the Aging, and Office of Temporary Disability Assistance—administers several programs that help low-income families, seniors, and Veterans access fresh, healthy food at participating markets.
SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?
- SDG 2: Zero Hunger
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?
- SDG 2.3: By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists, and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets, and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.
- SDG 8.3: Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.
- SDG 9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.
- SDG 11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
- SDG 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
- SDG 17.16: Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?
- Number of farmers’ markets that receive funding through the Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program.
- Amount of funding awarded to farmers’ markets for infrastructure improvements, online sales, and delivery systems.
- Number of projects funded for modernizing the delivery of products, repairing or enhancing market infrastructure, and developing marketing and outreach efforts.
- Number of registered not-for-profit organizations, local municipalities, business improvement districts, public benefit corporations, and Indian tribal organizations that apply for the grant program.
Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
|SDG 2: Zero Hunger||2.3: By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers.||– Number of farmers’ markets that receive funding through the Farmers’ Market Resiliency Grant Program.
– Amount of funding awarded to farmers’ markets for infrastructure improvements, online sales, and delivery systems.
|SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth||8.3: Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.||– Number of projects funded for modernizing the delivery of products, repairing or enhancing market infrastructure, and developing marketing and outreach efforts.
– Number of registered not-for-profit organizations, local municipalities, business improvement districts, public benefit corporations, and Indian tribal organizations that apply for the grant program.
|SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure||9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure.||– Number of projects funded for repairing, replacing, or enhancing market infrastructure.|
|SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities||11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.||N/A|
|SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production||12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains.||N/A|
|SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals||17.16: Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.||N/A|
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