$35 million for protecting working farmland.
“We greatly appreciate the leadership of Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature for making the biggest investment in the state’s history in protecting working farms”, said David Haight, New York State Director for American Farmland Trust. “This record level of funding places New York among the top five states in the nation in annual state farmland protection funding.”
The state budget includes $15 million in funding for New York’s Farmland Protection Program from the Environmental Protection Fund and $20 million in a special allocation for the permanent protection of farmland in the Hudson Valley.
Our goal is to keep New York a national leader in state funding for protecting farmland,” Haight said.
In 2016, New York will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its agricultural conservation easement grant program, launched in 1996 by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo. Since its inception, the program has granted $134,476,261 to permanently protect 56,331 acres on 226 farms.