ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making $20 million available to help conserve Hudson Valley farmland.
The grants can be used for permanent conservation easements in the Hudson Valley — from the Westchester area north to Washington County by the Vermont border. The Hudson Valley is a farm-rich region with spreading development.
Under the program, entities like municipalities and land trusts will be able to apply for grants on behalf of farmers to protect agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural uses.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the grants will permanently protect thousands of acres of Hudson Valley farmland.