New York announces Dairy Acceleration Program

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in partnership with the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets and the  Department of Environmental Conservation, has announced the Dairy Acceleration Program. 

This program is designed to enhance profitability of New York dairy farms and to maintain a commitment to environmentally responsible growth. The program will be delivered in collaboration with Cornell PRO-DAIRY and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

Eligible projects assist New York dairy farmers to develop business plans for successful and environmentally responsible growth. Funds may be used for creation of strategic business plans focused on growth, design of new or remodeled facilities, or development of environmental and farmstead plans. Farms must have lactating dairy cattle.


Dairy Acceleration Program funding covers 80% of a project’s cost. The farm is responsible for 20%, of the project cost, which is paid directly to the service provider, including any in excess of established limits.

Funding may include:

Business planning to account for the cost of environmental improvements associated with growth of the dairy is encouraged. 


Agri-business personnel who wish to provide services for the Dairy Acceleration Program should contact Caroline Potter for more information at


For more details visit the DAP Web site at: