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 the 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.