The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has awarded $8.5 million in conservation easement to protect several New York dairy farms.
One of the awards, for $1.25 million, went to Dutchess Land Conservancy to protect the Destined Wind Farm in the town of Amenia.
State officials say dairy farmers continue to face challenges from prolonged low milk prices, increasing the threat of conversion of farmland to non-farm development.
The Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program aims to help dairy farms diversify their operations or transition to the next generation, while ensuring the land forever remains used for agricultural purposes.
Funding for the program is still available and the department is encouraging its partners in the farmland protection program across the state to apply. Additional information can be found on the department’s website.
Source: Daily Freeman