Agriculture & Farming Support Organizations
View links to several sources that offer resources and assistance for agriculture within Orange County:
- Cornell Cooperative Extension - Orange County: Created in 1914 as a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's land grant university system to provide continuing education to people in their homes and communities, Cornell Cooperative Extension and its partnerships has provided programs for Orange County residents on youth and family development; nutrition, health, and food safety; community and economic vitality; and agricultural sustainability through Cornell based research.
- Cornell Small Farms Program: A program of Cornell Cooperative Extension that fosters the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. We do this by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering collaboration in support of small farms.
- Current Funding Opportunities from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
- Farm Credit East: Farm Loans, Crop Insurance, Ag Consulting, Tax Services, Property Appraisals, and Accounting in New York and the Northeast.
- Glynwood Center: A nonprofit organization working to advance regenerative agriculture that benefits the natural environment, energizes local economies, enhances human health and strengthens rural communities in the Hudson Valley.
- Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC): The only economic development agency in the Hudson Valley with a specific focus on the viability of the agricultural economy in the region, HVADC is charged with enhancing the agricultural sector in the Hudson Valley by assisting both new and existing agri-businesses, and supporting policies and regulations that recognize and support New York State’s agricultural economy.
- Hudson Valley Bounty: A project of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation created to educate the community about the preservation of local farms through the purchase and use of local and regional sustainable foods and products throughout the entire Hudson Valley and to promote and support networking connections between local agricultural producers and culinary businesses.
- Hudson Valley Farmland Finder: The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network is a partnership of 15 organizations, coordinated by American Farmland Trust, offering the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder website, training and networking events, and one-on-one assistance for farmers and landowners.
- New World Foundation Local Economies Project: A non-profit organization that supports vibrant, interconnected communities that are powered by the people who live there with three major initiatives: food hubs, farm hubs, and education.
- New York State Agricultural Experiment Station: Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva has developed cutting-edge technologies essential to feeding the world and strengthening New York economies.
- Northeast Beginning Farmers Project: A program of Cornell University and founded by a team of educators who care deeply about supporting the success of new farmers.
- Orange County Land Trust (OCLT): Formed to preserve the fields, forests, wetlands, ridgelines and river corridors in and around Orange County for the benefit of people, OCLT has helped protect nearly 5,000 acres of land through the negotiation of conservation agreements with private land owners, property donations, and the acquisition of private property.
- Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District: The District was created to protect the natural resources of Orange County, particularly our soil and water and provide conservation assistance to municipalities, landowners and farmers.
- Scenic Hudson: A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley of New York State.
- The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets: A department of the New York State government that promotes agriculture within New York State through various division and programs.
- USDA Grants and Loans: A listing of grants and loans provided to farmers by the USDA.
- USDA’s Farm Service Agency: Provides New York farmers with the information they need to participate in federally funded agricultural programs.