State grant program protects thousands of acres of New York farmland

New York
Thousands of acres of farmland has been preserved thanks to New York’s Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) program.

A big marker has been met in the fight to preserve valuable and at-risk farmland in New York, thanks to

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program has preserved more than 75,000 acres of agricultural land.

The state’s Department of Agriculture said funding to the tune of $83 million has been ear-marked for the program. That includes $35 million awarded in December to 40 farms across 19 counties totaling 13,000 acres.

“New York’s agricultural industry is an integral part of our economy, so it is critical that we preserve our farmland and protect this valuable resource from over-development,” Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.

The next round of grants are slated to be awarded in 2020.

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