Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state has disbursed $4.6 million in grants to complete projects to protect 2,200 acres of farmland in five counties throughout the state. The funds come from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EFP), and the program is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

 

The purpose of the funding is to “maintain the economic viability of the state’s agricultural industry and its supporting land base, while protecting the environment and addressing landscape preservation issues associated with agriculture.”  Since the program began, more than $128 million has protected approximately 51,000 acres of farmland on 220 farms across New York State.

 

More on farmland protection in New York State is available here.