The New York Farm Viability Institute is taking applications from farms seeking $2,500 grants to launch dairy profit teams. A one-page grant application is available at www.nyvi.org.
The institute, a farmer-led nonprofit organization that helps agriculture production enterprises, received $220,000 in state funding this year for dairy profit teams. Profit teams, which include representatives from farmer-led agencies, help farms develop business plans and plan projects.
Sackets Harbor dairy farmer Ronald C. Robbins, a board member for the institute, said that farmers should take advantage of the grant program.
“Right now, with milk prices so good, is the time to think about improvements,” he said in a released statement. “You want to maximize your yields, while continuing to manage your costs. The right team of experts, all chosen by you, can help you see where the opportunities are. Lining up your money now, while it’s available, is a smart move.”