On Wednesday, January 21st, as part of his State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $20-million strategic initiative to protect working farms, agriculture, and related businesses in the Hudson Valley through the purchase of farmland conservation easements.
The region’s farms supply farmer’s markets locally and in the metropolitan area, but the potential is even greater, and demand for locally grown food is high. This funding for farmland protection through voluntary conservation easements supports family farm owners and keeps agriculture viable in light of increasing land prices and development pressures.
To find out more about this announcement, read proposals #16-18 of Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda. You can also read the full 2015 Opportunity Agenda policy book, see pp. 102-103. To find out more about how CLC protects farmland in Columbia County with conservation easements, check out our website.
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