ADC

ADC

Agriculture Development Council


Mission

The Agriculture Development Council will explore, nurture and assist the development of new and traditional practices in Agriculture for economic and traditional practices in Agriculture for economic growth in Chenango County and the surrounding region. The Council will lead, coordinate, evaluate and pursue Agricultural activities that are diversified, profitable and environmentally responsible.

History

The Agriculture Development Council was originally established by a Chenango County Board of Supervisors resolution in early 1996. The ADC was charged with providing direction to enhance the development of agriculture in Chenango County. All members of the ADC are volunteers who are committed to ensuring the growth of agriculture in Chenango County.

In 2001, the members of the ADC voted to align the ADC with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County. This alignment provided the ADC with a base of operations, and the opportunity to manage a small budget to provide for expenses of the ADC in undertaking its role as a facilitator for agriculture development.

Actions and Accomplishments

  • The initial Raw Milk Study let to the Farmland Vitality Grant, The Chenango Area Pineapple Cheese Project, and the GROW NY Chenango Region Cheese Grant.
  • Agriculture Career Awareness day at SUNY Morrisville, which showcased the diversity and quantity of career in agriculture.
  • Participated in the development and implementation of the Chenango County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Sponsors Ag Day at the Fair
  • Developed an area agriculture leadership program- the Agriculture Leadership Enhancement Program, which now is a stand-alone organization.
  • Held Agriculture Summits I, II and III.

Micro Grants

Micro grants of up to $500 will be available to farmers or farm businesses looking to start new ag enterprises or to market or expand existing enterprises. The purpose of the grant is to help farmers kick start new farm ventures or expand existing ventures. This is a reimbursement grant : monies will be disbursed within 30 days after receipt of final report (narrative, billing and photos). Grants will be awarded based on merit and on order of application (qualified grants will be awarded first-come first-serve).

Eligible: Farms or ag businesses in Chenango County embarking on a new ag enterprise, or marketing or expanding an existing ag enterprise.

Ineligible:Farms outside Chenango County, farms using funds to underwrite existing operations

The applications must be submitted by email to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County at: kas294@cornell.edu

In order to receive funding the grant application must have the following:

A farm project in Chenango County that will strengthen the Chenango County economy

The project should be part of larger investment made by the farmer

Note that additional supporting documentation is welcomed with your application. Please submit all applications to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County at kas294@cornell.edu

Or Ken Smith, 99 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815.

Required Project Report:

A brief project report including: one paragraph written description of outcomes and copies of billing and 3 digital photographs is due no later than October 30, 2016.

Questions? Please call 607-334-5841 extension 19 with any questions about these grants.

Application for ADC Microgrants

Contact

Ken Smith
Executive Director
kas294@cornell.edu
607-334-5841 ext 19

Last updated May 25, 2017