VHCB Announces $4.6 Million in Farmland Conservation Grants

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/23 2014 11:13AM

Updated 05/23 2014 11:14AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) announced $4.6 million in farmland conservation grants. 

A press release says the grants will protect 3,093 acres of agricultural land on 18 farms. The grants will be used to purchase developmental rights from farm owners and protect the land from development and provide capital to farmers. 

The farms that will be protected under the grant include operating dairies, commercial crop farms, beef farms, and farmland providing additional land to existing farms. 

Funding for VHCB’s farmland protection program comes from both federal and state sources. 

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