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$2m to reduce impact of climate change on New York's agriculture

Staff Writer |
$2 million is available through round three of the Climate Resilient Farming grant program in New York.

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This is to help farms reduce their operational impact on the environment and better prepare for, and recover even stronger after, severe weather events.

Since the launch of the program in 2015, a total of $2.9 million has been provided to 37 farms across the State to implement critical projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy savings, mitigate water and soil quality concerns, and increase on-farm resiliency to climate change.

Through the Climate Resilient Farming grant program, County Soil and Water Conservation Districts apply for the competitive grants on behalf of farmers.

The funding will support agricultural projects which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as help agricultural producers prepare for and better manage impacts of climate change: increased heavy storm events and periods of drought.

Applications must be for one of the following project categories: agricultural waste storage cover and methane capture systems, water management systems, and soil health systems.

Funding will be directed through the 2017-18 Environmental Protection Fund, which thanks to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, is once again funded at a historic $300 million.

The Request for Proposals for the Climate Resilient Farming grant program is located on the Department of Agriculture and Markets website under Funding Opportunities. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., February 26, 2018.