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Agricultural Entrepreneurial Opportunities for New Americans -- Southern Tier Region

New York State has an aging farmer population, and, according to the American Farmland Trust, the number of family-owned and operated farms within the State has been steadily declining over the last several decades. Through the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA), immigrants with strong agricultural skills are helping to fill this void and maintain New York State’s proud tradition of local family farming.

The State is providing support to four immigrant-focused agricultural entrepreneurship programs and business and workforce development projects in New York State’s Southern Tier. This special initiative is administered through local community-based partners and funded through ONA by the New York State Department of State and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

New American Beginning Farmers Project
This project supports the successful development of New American beginning farmers through customized training and technical assistance in farm business management; production and marketing; affordable access to agricultural land; infrastructure and equipment marketing support; and personalized mentoring from established farmers and small business support providers. This project features practical and accessible training programs, mentoring networks and a farm business incubation system to support new farmers, while addressing language and cultural barriers in order to target and more effectively serve New American beginning farmers.

New Americans living in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties are encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit the program web site or call (607) 319-5095

Establishing New Farmer Development for New Americans in the Southern Tier

Through this project, New Americans receive education and assistance in establishing economically and environmentally sustainable family farms in the Southern Tier. In addition, the development of an innovative multi-organizational partnership by the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) involving STE, GrowNYC, SUNY Cobleskill, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and others, is being supported through this project.

The partnership’s goal has the following five objectives:

  • Building capacity to support New Americans

  • Conducting outreach to and assessment of New American community needs in the region

  • Delivering training and education to the New American community

  • Identifying farmland resources for New Americans

  • Providing technical, legal and financial assistance and referrals

New Americans living in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tompkins, and Tioga counties are encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship or
call (607) 433-2545 (ENGLISH); (845) 321-3669 (SPANISH)

Jobs in Agriculture for Native Spanish-Speaking New Americans

Bridging the gap between farm labor and management and paving the way for economic mobility within the agricultural industry for native Spanish-speaking New Americans, this project enhances literacy and provides ESL and job skills training for New Americans, while working with local farmers to overcome common language and cultural barriers. In addition, the project delivers programming addressing Tractor Training and Safety, OSHA for General Industry, Basic Animal Science, Basic Plant Science and Dairy Science. Placement in on-site farm internships and work experiences job placement opportunities are coordinated through this project, which features a dedicated Job Coach/Instructor serving as liaison for farms and participants to ensure follow-up and promote job retention.

New Americans living in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany Counties are encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County  web site or
call (716) 664-9502

A Path to Prosperity

The Path to Prosperity project brings together local educational, job training, business and financial organizations to assist Burmese refugees who have resettled in the Ithaca area to help expand agricultural production in the Southern Tier. The project features training and apprenticeships in agriculture and financial assistance for agricultural entrepreneurship and land ownership. Meanwhile, the project provides language skills, career advisement, work experience and supports with the aim of creating long-term financial security for participants and their families. The project also provides assistance to participants to obtain employment in other growing sectors of the regional economy.

New Americans living in Tompkins County are encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit Challenge Workforce Solutions or call (607) 272-8990