The New York Farm Viability Institute is a farmer-led nonprofit group that awards grant funds for applied research, outreach education, and agricultural economic development projects that help farms increase profits and provide models for other farms. We are farmers investing in the future of New York agriculture
We work with all farms, reflecting the diversity of farm sizes, sectors, commodities, production practices, and locations in New York State. The Institute works to foster a vibrant agriculture business sector in New York by supporting applied research, outreach education, information transfer, adoption of technology, business planning and market analysis. The New York Farm Viability Institute promotes practical solutions to challenges facing New York's farms.
Annually, the Institute offers a multi-million dollar grant program for farm-based projects that result in farm-level increases in profit, reductions in expenses, job growth, farmland retention, and adoption of technology.
The Institute's volunteer Board of Directors
- each member nominated from active producer organizations in the state - selects projects for funding. The board considers the recommendations of an advisory panel that includes farmers from the related agriculture sector and represents diverse farm sizes, production practices, and locations across the state.
Funded projects must measure and report on the impact the work produces on each farm. Project results are accessible to the entire agricultural community to help others in making decisions about change on the farms.
In order to prioritize challenges and opportunities in farming in New York State
- considerations for funding decisions - the Institute seeks input from farmers, farm organizations, educators, researchers and others in the public and private sectors.