ALBANY, N.Y. - For the first time in five years, farmland protection grants will be offered in New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more than $20 million is available. It will help prevent viable land from being converted to other uses and it's considered a big win for local farms.
"Protecting and maintaining farmland is vital to supporting the continued growth of New York's robust agricultural industries," Cuomo said. "Farming supports jobs, businesses and economic activity in communities across the state, ultimately representing a cornerstone of our state's economy. This funding will help to make sure that farms are kept in production, given the tools to grow, and ensure support for farmers and their families."
Municipalities, counties, and non-profits can apply.
Download application materials for the Round 13 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants RFP. Application materials are also available by calling the department at 1-800-554-4501.
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