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Approved 2020 Executive Budget Expands Taste NY Program

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Governor Cuomo highlighted this week that the 2020 Executive Budget includes $6.2 million to expand access to New York agricultural products through the Taste NY program, an increase of $400,000 from FY 2019.

He also says Taste NY sales increased to a record $17.8 million in 2018.

Total gross sales of New York products from Taste NY events and locations also increased last year by $1.7 million over the previous year.

Along that vein, farmers and other agriculture producers should note that the next deadline for the USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program applications for funding this year is May 10.

The USDA plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions within that program in fiscal year 2019.

The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

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