Bales of hay in the foreground with New York State farmland behind.


Farming in New York State
Supporting the Agricultural Community

We are always focused on our core goal: supporting New York State's farmers. Our Divisions administer a variety of diverse programs that connect the agricultural community with the right resources and help them reach new customers, steward their land, keep their livestock healthy, safeguard their food and plants, and more. 

Promoting Diversity in Agriculture

Farmers are as diverse as the crops and products they produce. We are committed to increasing diversity and equity in New York's agricultural industries.

Get connected with programs that offer targeted support and opportunities to underrepresented groups in farming. 

Funding Opportunity
Learn About the Farmer Fund Grant Programs
The Department hosted two virtual informational sessions to discuss funding for a $1 million Beginning Farmer Fund and a $4 million Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmer Fund. The sessions provided participants with an overview of the funding and the opportunity to give direct feedback about the programs, which were both included in this year’s State Budget. See the recorded presentations and informational slides below.
Farm Directory
Connecting Consumers to Producers of Farm Products
In February of 2022, Section 16(52) of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law was amended to require the Department to create a directory that includes every farm in New York State. The purpose of the directory is to connect consumers to producers of farm products, helping to strengthen the food supply chain across New York. Learn more about the directory and how to participate.

Notice: New Law Effective January 1, 2020
Find the Information You Need

The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act establishes new rules for farm laborers and took effect on January 1, 2020. The new law establishes a 60 hour work week, mandates 24 consecutive hours of rest each week, ensures disability and Paid Family Leave coverage, unemployment benefits, and the right to collective bargaining, and other labor protections.

Farmers and farm workers: visit the resources below to learn about these important changes and how to comply with the new law.