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NY Farm Viability Seeks Farmers to Review Grant Proposals
New York Ag Connection - 04/16/2009

New York farmers and agricultural producers are encouraged to put their knowledge and leadership to work by reviewing project proposals submitted to the New York Farm Viability Institute’s grant programs.

The New York Farm Viability Institute is a nonprofit, farmer-led organization that awards funds for research and outreach projects that help increase profits on New York farms. The Institute supports projects that focus on business management, marketing, production issues, technology adoption, outreach education and more across the diverse agricultural sectors, farm sizes and production practices in the state.

Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Proposals are reviewed and ranked by farmers within the related agricultural sector. An all-farmer board of directors makes the final funding decisions.

All funded projects must include farmer participation, such as identifying needs, developing the project, implementing research or evaluation success.

Most funded projects last for two years.

In late 2005, the Institute awarded grant funds to 33 projects that worked with more than 900 farmers, and produced a farm-level impact of more than $35 million: $9.5 million in annual farm business savings, $13 million in new annual sales, and $12 million in capital investments.

The New York Farm Viability Institute seeks farmers for the following grant proposal review panels: bioenergy, fruit, vegetables, livestock, dairy, green industry, and field crops.

New review panels are created as the volume of applications within that agricultural sector or commodity warrants them. Review panels will meet, in person or via phone conference, this spring and summer. Nominal stipends are available. Applicants for review panels may be asked to participate in a selection interview. For more information about becoming a proposal reviewer, contact New York Farm Viability Institute at (315) 453-3823.

The New York Farm Viability Institute receives funding through legislative appropriation to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. For more information, visit www.nyfvi.org.

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