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  • GROWN & CERTIFIED application is now available below.
  • Funded through a $500,000 block grant as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.The funding comes from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.
  • Peconic Land Trust is administering the grant program on Long Island.

The Grown & Certified Grant Program provides eligible Long Island farmers with up to $50,000 in capital investments to meet food safety requirements for enrollment in the NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets “Grown and Certified” Program.

New York State Grown & Certified is a statewide, multi-faceted food certification program designed to:

  • strengthen consumer confidence in New York products,
  • address food product labeling, and
  • assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard.

New York State Grown & Certified is open to New York producers who adhere to the best practices in safe food handling and environmental stewardship.

Launched in 2016 to help meet the growing consumer demand for local foods grown or produced to a higher standard, the program certified New York Sate producers who adhere to high food safety and environmental stewardship standards. It is supported by a marketing campaign including on-product labels, promotional materials, such as the NYS Grown and Certified website, and sales materials.

“New York State Grown and Certified Seal”

Grant Eligibility:

  • Funds can be used to purchase agricultural equipment and infrastructure by farm operations to upgrade equipment and infrastructure to maintain or comply with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for eligible commodity products or other crop specific food safety programs and/or procedures.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis for up to 90% of the purchase price, with a maximum award per farmer/farm operation of $50,000
  • Eligible commodities include: produce, dairy, shellfish, eggs, beef, poultry, pork, goat, sheep, maple products, beverage ingredients, wild harvested seafood for producers and processors, and food and beverage processors (non-dairy, non-alcoholic).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be open until all of the funds are used.

For more information, call Josh Halsey at 631.494.8145 or email GrownAndCertified@PeconicLandTrust.org.


Resource Links:

NYS Grown and Certified: https://certified.ny.gov/about

Cornell's Produce Safety Alliance: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/

Information on AEM (Agricultural Environmental Management)

Information on GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices)

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/curriculum/english-grower-manual-electronic-public-release/

DEC Regulations for Shellfish Growers: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/99007.html

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Shellfish Growers: https://ecsga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BMPmanual.pdf

Shellfish Safety Guidance – Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference: http://www.issc.org/home

Association of Food and Drug Officials Seafood HACCP Trainings and Resources: http://www.afdo.org/seafoodhaccp

USFDA Seafood HACCP Page: https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/haccp/ucm2006764.htm

USFDA Hazards Guide and HACCP Resources: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/Seafood/ucm2018426.htm

Seafood Network Information Center: https://seafood.oregonstate.ed...

NY Sea Grant Seafood: http://nyseagrant.org/seafood

Choose Local F.I.S.H.: https://www.localfish.org/

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