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May 13, 2012

Farm briefs: March 13, 2012

PLATTSBURGH — The New York Farm Viability Institute is accepting proposals for grant funding for projects that assist New York farmers in improving profitability.

They may represent various production sectors, farm sizes, production practices and geographic locations. Farmer groups, researchers, educators, nonprofit groups and privately owned businesses may apply for funds.

"We are seeking proposals for projects that offer practical solutions for working farms in New York state. We promote innovation by investing in research and outreach efforts that lead to a strong, viable agriculture sector," said Jim Bittner, chairman of the institute's Board of Directors and operator of Singer Farms in Niagara County.

The institute is a farmer-led nonprofit organization that works with farmers throughout the state to identify and prioritize immediate opportunities and needs, then implements research and outreach projects to meet those needs.

The requests for proposals for grant programs are available at www.ny

The institute will offer grants for business planning, marketing and value-added product development; energy management and bioenergy; and outreach and applied research, including on-farm research trials and outreach education.

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