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Hudson Valley to get $20 million to protect farmland

Staff writer ▼ | October 28, 2015
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of a $20 million Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program to help farmers in the Hudson Valley region protect valuable, at-risk farmland from future development and maintain the land’s use for agricultural purposes.
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Agriculture   Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program
This unprecedented commitment to farmland protection in the Hudson Valley was announced in the Governor's Executive Budget and is the first-ever regionally targeted farmland preservation grant program.

Grants made available through the program will allow eligible entities to assist landowners protect at-risk farmland through the use of permanent conservation easements.

Projects on viable agricultural lands throughout a 14-county area may be submitted for funding consideration.

For purposes of this grant, the Hudson Valley is defined as Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington and Westchester counties.

Eligible applicants, including municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and not-for-profit conservation organizations (land trusts) can apply for individual grants on behalf of farmers to protect viable agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use.