Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE)

Established in 1991, CADE’s mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York. We envision a vibrant food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food. For nearly 30 years, CADE has helped more than 2,000 agricultural businesses and organizations transition ideas from concepts to commercially viable activities. Through our Farm and Food Business Incubator run in partnership with SUNY Cobleskill’s Institute for Rural Vitality, CADE identifies the technological and commercialization needs of regional producers, conducts outreach and education activities, organizes interested businesses into cooperative groups, and secures financial support to move projects into production. 

CADE assists farmland owners (including senior farmers or non-farming landowners) and land seekers in our coverage area with creating profiles on the Farmland for a New Generation New York website;  provides technical advice and referrals to attorneys, lenders, business consultants, tax assessors, or other professional service providers on topics such as land leasing options and succession planning; facilitates direct match-making between farmland owners and farmland seekers; and provides one-on-one technical assistance to interested new farmers on business planning, marketing, farm financing, legal structuring, and other areas to support the development and operation of a new farm enterprise.

Regions Served

Mohawk Valley, Schoharie County, Otsego County, Southern Tier, Delaware County

Ag Updates

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Retiro de Caminos hacia la agricultura

Retiro Caminos hacia la agricultura es una experiencia de aprendizaje de tres días para personas que tienen curiosidad sobre una carrera en la agricultura, pero no están segures de cómo empezar. La fecha de entrega para solicitudes es el 30 de abril de 2024 antes de las 12 p.m. EST. 

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Glynwood and GrowNYC Announce the Pathways to Farming Retreat

The Pathways to Farming Retreat is a three day learning experience for people who are curious about a career in farming but are unsure of how to start. This retreat will include hands-on service learning, introductory lessons about farming as a career, and opportunities to connect with a wide range of agriculture professionals from the Hudson Valley region. Application due by April 30th. 

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Sky High Farm Grant Opportunity for awards up to $25,000

Sky High will make at least $350,000 in grants (total) to individuals working in agriculture, food justice, and/or land sovereignty. Applications will be prioritized among those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual, and those working in communities historically exploited and harmed by the existing industrial agricultural system. 
Aplicación disponible en español.

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2024 New York Cash Rent Survey

We get asked all the time what average rental rates are for a county or region! Cornell Cooperative Extension is working to survey farmers, farmland landowners, and agribusiness professionals to create an up-to-date snapshot of farmland rental rates and custom harvest fees. Your response to this survey will help us to provide the most accurate information! 

Survey Information Online Survey Link

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Looking for an on farm job or have a farm job you are hiring for?

Are you looking for a farm job? Are you a farm looking to hire help? Check out the 'Find a Farm Job' page on the New York Farmland Finder website! 

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