Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced $169,966 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant awards for rural Upstate businesses. The funds come from USDA’s Rural Business Development program and are designed to help provide equipment, technical assistance and training opportunities in rural New York.

“Right now, we are all focused on building our communities back stronger than ever, and these grants will help us get there,” said Brindisi. “These dollars will help create new jobs and give our rural communities an economic boost. I will keep fighting to bring funds back to Upstate New York.”

Locally, The Partnership for Community Development (PCD) was awarded $70,000 to help dairy farmers in Chenango and Madison counties launch a regionally branded, value added dairy initiative based on the Hudson Valley Fresh (HVF) model.