Nearly $4.9 million to protect at-risk farmland in New York
Funding will preserve six farms in Central New York, Western New York and the North Country, and help maintain the land for agricultural purposes and protect it from development through the use of perpetual conservation easements.
"The success of New York's agricultural industry directly impacts the strength of our economy and by protecting land and other precious resources, we are investing in our state’s future," said Governor Cuomo.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Farmland Protection program. Under the Governor’s leadership, the State has not only reinvigorated the program, but also committed historic funding levels to farmland preservation.
The program is part of New York State's Environmental Protection Fund, which New York State’s 2016 Budget more than doubled, raising the funding level to $300 million.
Funding for the Farmland Protection program itself increased by $5 million this year and built on last year's historic investment in farmland protection, including the $20 million Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program. ■