The Northeast Farm Credit associations and CoBank recently awarded $30,500 to 12 organizations as part of the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program. The grants help recipients promote northeast agriculture, support young and beginning farmer initiatives, encourage agricultural youth programs. They also aim to generate a greater understanding of the Northeast's agricultural, fishing and forest products industries among the nonfarm public.
Here are the Northeast AgEnhancement Program awards to the latest round of grant recipients:
$5,000 to Cornell Dairy Fellows, an undergraduate program for students considering careers in the dairy industry. This highly regarded program exposes college students to the challenges and opportunities involved in dairy farm production.
$5,000 to New York Farm Bureau to support the New York Farm Bureau's Annual Leadership Conference, which provides educational and motivational sessions for young farmers.
$3,000 to Cornell Cooperative Extension to support an educational program on workforce productivity at the 2012 Fruit and Vegetable Expo. The purpose of the talk is to help both fruit and vegetable growers improve their labor management and organizational skills.
$3,000 to the Holstein Foundation to support their Young Dairy Leaders Institute which helps develop leadership for the dairy industry. YDLI consists of three phases ensuring development of essential skills for individual leadership, applying the skills in real-life scenarios, and focusing on leadership as influence to benefit the dairy industry.
$3,000 grant to the New Jersey Agricultural Society to support the "Learning through Gardening" program of New Jersey Ag in the Classroom. It gives New Jersey students a better understanding of agriculture by helping them establish a school garden.
$2,500 to New England Jersey Breeders to support the national Jersey Cattle Association Convention which offers adult and youth educational programs.
$2,500 to Rutgers University for a new initiative of Annie's Project New Jersey, an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in modern farm enterprises across the state social media.
$2,000 to the Vermont Holstein Association to support their Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit in April. This event draws more tha 150 youth from New England and New York to educate them on calf selection, nutrition, care and showing.
$1,500 to the New York Holstein Association, supporting their annual New York Spring Dairy Carousel which offers judging contests to develop leadership skills and increases knowledge of cattle.
$1,000 to Chefs Consortium of Cummington, Mass., to raise awareness of local foods through various events, market and cooking demonstrations, culinary education and farm-to-school programming.
$1,000 to the Horse Park of New Jersey to support the Educational Equine Expo, promoting agriculture to children and young adults in an educational environment.
$1,000 to Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation in Freeport, Maine, to help establish a series of farm and agriculture-based youth education and work experience programs.
The associations include Farm Credit East; Yankee Farm Credit; and Farm Credit of Maine. In partnership with CoBank, these cooperatives have a long history of supporting farm programs through their Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program. Since its inception in 1996, this program has awarded more than $1.26 million through 480 grants.