Albany, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A record-breaking $35 million has been awarded to 40 farms across 19 counties to protect 13,000 acres of agricultural land throughout New York State.
The money helps make sure the land will only be used for farming purposes moving forward, and that farmers who go to sell their property get a fair price from the buyer.
The program is funded through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund in the State Budget. More than $283 million has been awarded to farmland projection projects since 1996 and nearly 289 projects have protected more than 73,000 acres of farmland in New York State.
Projects being funded this year include:
- Central New York: $7.7 million for seven projects totaling 3,343 acres
- Capital Region: $7.4 million for 15 projects totaling 3,492 acres
- Finger Lakes: $10.1 million for eight projects totaling 4,089 acres
- Mid-Hudson Valley: $8.7 million for 8 projects totaling 1,606 acres
- Western New York: $0.9 million for 2 projects totaling 446 acres
For the full, detailed list of this year’s projects, click here.