Growing the Future

New York’s farmlands and forests play a critical role in our climate actions.

Growing the Future

New York’s farmlands and forests play a critical role in our climate actions.

New York’s plants and land are some of our most precious resources. As stewards of those resources, our farmers play a vital role in New York’s efforts to protect these resources and transition to a green economy. Whether you raise livestock, produce dairy, grow crops and vegetables, or operate a greenhouse, your farm can have a positive impact in your community and help support New York’s nation-leading climate actions — all while reducing your energy costs and increasing the efficiency of your operations.

See How These New York Farms Are Growing the Future.

Dygert Farms

Dygert Farms doubles milk production while reducing energy bills

Echo Farm

Echo Farm turns waste into biodiesel for farm equipment

Ideal Dairy Farms

Ideal Dairy Farms expands facilities, improves staff and animal comfort, and increases production

Maple Lawn Farms

Maple Lawn Farms increases efficiency and herd health

Wheatfield Gardens

Wheatfield Gardens improves greenhouse efficiency with lighting controls

Improve Your Energy Savings, Improve Your Productivity

Whether running dairy equipment or keeping your greenhouse fans running properly, energy can be a significant expense for farms. Making farms more energy efficient can reduce costs and improve reliability on farms, especially as traditional sources of energy become more costly and limited.

How you Benefit

  • Boost production with process improvements and energy efficient equipment
  • Increase profitability through long-term, reduced energy costs
  • Improve security, worker safety, and comfort across your facilities
  • Reduce maintenance time and costs and extend the lifespan of your equipment
  • Reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner and healthier community

Energy efficiency measures can have both economic and environmental benefits. That is because an energy efficient farm can produce higher yields using less energy. To get started, view our Energy Best Practices for Agriculture and request a no-cost energy audit for your farm.

With abundant farmland, programs and incentives, New York is cultivating success for growers and producers. From environmental planning to invasive species eradication, integrated pest management, seed and fertilizer regulation, and more, there are many programs available from New York State to ensure a healthy environment and a strong agricultural economy.

Farmers Grow the Future.

Students Taking Test

Connecting Farms to Communities

New York is home to over 33,000 family farms with nearly 700 farmers markets across the State. See how your farm can impact your community with programs like Nourish NY and Farm-to-School.

Lettuce Rows

Protecting Our Most Precious Resources

The State’s programs help farmers and protect the land, from environmental planning to invasive species eradication, integrated pest management, seed and fertilizer regulation, and more.

Man Walking in Greenhouse

Discover Energy Saving Opportunities

An Agriculture Energy Audit offers technical assistance to identify energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers. In addition, greenhouse facilities can receive a free benchmarking report, which describes energy intensity and benchmarks your greenhouse against similar facilities.