Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Local Vendor Products Wanted for Retail Store in Riverhead
The Long Island Aquarium and East End Getaway are seeking local vendor products for a 600 square foot store just east of the Aquarium dedicated to featuring items produced or indicative to the East End of Long Island. The store will only be feet away from the Hyatt and hotel guests are often looking for a packaged snack and souvenirs that showcase their east end trip. They plan to be open year round, 10am-9pm. Any interest, please contact Cindy Bible, Retail Manager, 631-208-9200 ext. 122. cbible@amwny.com 

US Companies Expanding International Business
The Long Island U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce is part of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, an extensive network of trade specialists located throughout the world devoted to assisting U.S. companies expand their international business presence. With offices in 105 cities throughout the U.S. and 165 offices in 82 countries throughout the world, we're strategically placed to help U.S. firms realize their export potential.



Reimbursement of Petroleum Business Tax
Recent changes to the Tax Law allowing reimbursement of petroleum business tax that is passed through to the purchaser on highway diesel motor fuel (HDMF) used directly and exclusively in farm production. Information can be found on the NYS Tax website.

Grapes and Greens Subsidized refrigeration storage space

Subsidized refridgeration storage space is available at the Grapes and Greens (www.grapesandgreens.com) Facility in Calverton (operated by J.Kings). This opportunity is made possible by a $500,000 grant from New York State and Empire State Development. Long Island Farm Bureau Member Services Corporation is the recipient of this grant award, which is used to lease approximately 30,000 square feet of refrigerated space to serve growers as a “cold storage and processing facility.” Any interest and questions can be directed to Dan Heston or Kim Quarty of Peconic Land Trust who are serving as coordinators on our behalf. A fact Sheet is available that details all the information you might have questions about.

Please call Dan or Kim at the Peconic Land Trust 631-283-3195 for more information.  

Long Island Agricultural Capital Equipment Grant Program

John v.H. Halsey, President of the Peconic Land Trust, is pleased to announce that the Trust will issue Request for Proposals for the Farmers for the Future: Long Island Agricultural Capital Equipment Grant Program, funded by a $1 million grant from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC), through Empire State Development (ESD). The Trust will request and review applications as per the LIREDC criteria and award the funds to both beginning and established farmers for capital improvements, including agricultural equipment and infrastructure. The new program will create a financial pool of resources that will assist Nassau and Suffolk County farmers in making capital investments in their farming operations.

The Trust will administer the capital equipment and infrastructure cost‐share program with assistance from our partners including local lending institutions, such as Farm Credit East, and government agencies, such as the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, among others. The program will reimburse farmers up to 20% of the purchase cost of new and used capital equipment and infrastructure – the funding of which will be drawn from the $1 million grant. Eligible parties are new and emerging farmers, including second‐career farmers, farmers upgrading equipment to come into compliance with new food safety regulations including the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, and farmers transitioning to a new commodity, method of production, or a new business plan. Both the farmer and the capital equipment and infrastructure purchases will be closely verified and vetted for cost share eligibility and suitability by the Trust and its partners. For more information call 631.283.3195. 

The Town of Southold and the Long Island Farm Bureau released the findings of the Long Island White-tailed Deer Damage Management Demonstration Project Report prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture. DOWNLOAD REPORT HERE. For more information on deer management you can visit the USDA website.

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