New York Awards $38 Million Toward Farm Conservation
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that more than $38 million is being awarded to strengthen New York's agricultural industry through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grants program.
The 40 awarded projects will protect a total of 11,772 acres of valuable farmland across the state, helping to keep agricultural land in production and ensure the long-term viability of New York's farming operations.
"We must continue to protect New York's precious farmland so our agricultural footprint can grow and so our producers can thrive for generations to come," Governor Hochul said. "I am proud that we supported the Farmland Protection program in this year's budget with an increased allocation, demonstrating our commitment to York's agriculture industry. As a result of the funding being provided today, we are protecting nearly 12,000 acres of farmland for continued agricultural use, including right here on Long Island."
Locally, the Finger Lakes Land Trust will receive $1.4 million to protect 400 acres on Henderson Farm.
The Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program provides financial assistance to counties, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to enable them to implement farmland protection activities consistent with local agricultural and farmland protection plans.