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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Each year, the ADC awards $700 ($500 from ADC Council and $200 from the Franklin family) to a graduating senior pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. This scholarship is open to any student who resides in Chenango County.
It is only required that the student is a resident of Chenango County, the high school they attend does not have to be in Chenango County. Scholarship checks will be awarded when grades from the first semester of college are received.
Please send the completed application to:
Chenango County Ag Development
99 North Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Last updated March 9, 2018