Farm preservation, defense, marketing programs land state funding

Long Beach was awarded $300,000 to market its charms.

Peconic Land Trust, a not for profit dedicated to conserving Long Island’s working farms and undeveloped land was awarded $1 million in state money to kick off an agricultural equipment grant program.

The funding, part of more than $16 million announced by the state on Monday, will go to assist farmers willing to make capital investments in their farming operations, with awards capped at $25,000. The program was developed in cooperation with the Long Island Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Suffolk County Planning Commission, among others. It was launched in 2014 with money from the annual Regional Council competition.

Peconic has already generated applications and plans to make its first round of grants in this month, according to the state.

Babylon’s MPI Consulting, a manufacturer of precision-machined parts for the aerospace and defense industry formerly known as Wal Machine, was awarded $112,000 to help cover the cost of machinery and equipment needed to increase productivity under ADDAPT, the Aerospace & Defense Diversifiaction Alliance in Peacetime Transition program.

Established in 1991, ADDAPT was formed by a group of Long Island defense industry leaders to lessen the blow of Pentagon cutbacks. The grant will allow MPI to retain 21 jobs and add two more.

The state also awarded almost $3 million in support of regional marketing programs, including $75,000 for North Hempstead’s Gold Coast Film Festival and $300,000 for Long Beach.