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$6.15 million in New York for farmers and county fairs

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $5 million is being awarded to county and youth fairs across the State through the 2017 Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program.

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The funding will be divided equally among the State's 52 eligible local fairs, with each receiving an award of $96,153 to offset the cost of improvements and renovation projects, including new construction, that support New York's agricultural industry.

This second round of funding approved in the New York State Budget builds on the $5 million allocated for county fairs in 2016.

To receive the funding, fairs must submit the scope of work and estimated budget for proposed projects.

Projects must be submitted to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is administering the program.

The funding can be used to build, repair, replace, acquire, or install fairground buildings, facilities or equipment that are used to house or promote agriculture.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $1.25 million in funding is available through two grant programs designed to assist farmers across the state.

The New Farmers Grant Fund helps new and early-stage farmers, and the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans.

Both programs are designed to promote growth and development in the state's agriculture industry.


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