Governor Cuomo Announces $31.5 Million Awarded to Conserve More than 15,000 Acres of New York Farmland
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $31.5 million is being awarded to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grants program. These projects will protect a total of 15,600 acres on 22 New York dairy farms and eight non-dairy farms, helping to keep valuable farmland in production, encourage diversification, and ensure the long-term viability of New York’s farming operations. Since 2018, New York State has made available more than $117 million for farmland protection statewide.
“Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are creating unprecedented challenges for farmers throughout New York State, and preserving their farmland for production will aid our economic recovery,” Governor Cuomo said. “These Farmland Protection awards will give farmers much-needed support to conserve land, diversify their operations to expand market opportunities, and continue to produce and sell a diverse array of New York-made foods. Farming has long been an important part of the state’s economy and this program will preserve more than 15,000 acres for the next generation of New York farmers.”
Dairy Transitions Farmland Protection Initiative
More than $20.9 million will support conservation easement projects on 22 New York dairy farms through the FPIG Dairy Transitions Farmland Protection Initiative.