Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will make $17.6 million available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Program to protect more than 6,400 acres of farmland in 12 counties.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Farming supports jobs, businesses and economic activity in communities across New York, making it a major part of this state’s economy, as well a rich part of our heritage. As interest in our New York grown food and beverages continues to rise, this funding will ensure that this farmland will be preserved and a part of this critically important industry for generations to come.”