Farmer-Identified Challenges and Opportunities

At NYFVI, we think it is critically important to fund the projects that will most help farmers succeed.  Those projects might focus on solving an existing problem, or demonstrate how a new opportunity may benefit farmers.

To make sure we understand the challenges and opportunities that farmers are facing, we work with extension educators and agriculture organizations to conduct periodic discussions and surveys to establish research priorities in specific ag sectors.

Below are links to NYFVI opportunity and barrier identification reports.


Other Resources

  • The Food Marketing Institute, FMI's annual Power of Produce report has great data about consumer trends and rationale for local and organic.
  • The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY) has recently surveyed its membership.  Here are the highlights.
  • The Program on Applied Demographics (PAD) at Cornell brings skills in demographics, economics, statistics, data gathering and data analysis together to provide a variety of organizations with data, information and advice. The website offers great information down to the county level.
  • The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State has a number of great tools. The U.S. Market Sizer allows users to learn estimate demand based on average consumption numbers for 200 different crops at the county level.

Applicants for grant funding are encouraged to consult these resources and develop proposals that address issues identified as high priority by producers. If you are a farmer or educator and have ideas for projects you would like to see done, please share them.