Economic Viability Farms & Forests in Transition Reimbursement Program

Purpose: Support farm operations with property inside the NYC West of Hudson Watershed seeking professional services in transition, estate planning or succession planning.

Eligibility: Any NYC West of Hudson Watershed ‘farm operation’ as defined by Agriculture & Markets (AGM) CHAPTER 69, ARTICLE 25-AA, SECTION 301 Subdivision 11 meaning the land and on-farm buildings, equipment, manure processing and handling facilities, and practices which contribute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products as a commercial enterprise, including a “commercial horse boarding operation” as defined in subdivision thirteen of this section, a “timber operation” as defined in subdivision fourteen of this section, “compost, mulch or other biomass crops” as defined in subdivision seventeen of this section and “commercial equine operation” as defined in subdivision eighteen of this section. Such farm operation may consist of one or more parcels of owned or rented land, which parcels may be contiguous or noncontiguous to each other. Preference will be given to WAC participants. Preference will be given to WAC participants.

NYC West of Hudson Watershed Boundary Line Map:

Open Enrollment: The Watershed Agricultural Council will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applicants approved for grant funding must provide proof of completion of proposed project/transaction/services and all invoices to WAC in order to be eligible for grant funding reimbursement.

These are reimbursable grants. Only projects/activities that occur after the application approval date are eligible for reimbursement. Closeout packages must provide necessary documentation per each category before reimbursement is issued. All closeout packages, materials, bills and/or invoices provided as proof of completion must be submitted to WAC by the date provided in the approval letter to receive reimbursement.

Total amount you can apply for: $5,000 per applicant per fiscal year.

If you need assistance with completing this form please contact the Economic Viability Program at (607) 865-7090 or [email protected]