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$13.8m for water quality at 200+ farms in New York State

Staff writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $13.8 million in funding to help more than 200 farms across New York implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices.

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These competitive grants were awarded to 32 county soil and water conservation districts, and provided by the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

"Investing in our farms will help keep our agricultural industry competitive while maintaining the high standards of agricultural products that the Empire State is known for," said Governor Cuomo.

These competitive grants will provide funding to county soil and water conservation districts to address water quality challenges facing farms in priority watersheds throughout the state.

All projects support the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) framework by funding the implementation of agricultural water quality best management practices to protect natural resources while maintaining the economic viability of New York State’s diverse agricultural community. Conservation Districts have developed plans tailored to a farm’s goals and watershed needs.

Districts will now work with farmers to implement conservation best management practices such as nutrient management systems, barnyard runoff management, pasture management and soil health management.which will facilitate the retention of 130 jobs.

The nearly $5 million project was supported by $450,000 in funding from the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) provided an $88,000 economic development grant for electric infrastructure improvements for the expansion project. NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, serve electricity and natural gas customers across much of upstate New York.