10/10/2019 - To help New York's dairy farms diversify their operations, transition their farms to the next generation at more affordable costs, and ensure their land forever remains used for agricultural purposes, New York State launched a second round of its $30 million Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) Dairy Transitions Farmland Protection Initiative. The Department is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for farmland protection grants of up to $2 million from eligible entities, such as land trusts, municipalities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts. There is no application deadline.
Conservation easement projects will be awarded to eligible dairy farms that are:
• transitioning to the next ownership of a continuing dairy, but whose operation has been modified to ensure greater financial sustainability;
• continuing dairy, but diversifying the overall farm operation; or
• converting to a non-dairy farm operation.
Last month, Governor Cuomo announced that $18.6 million was awarded in support of conservation easement projects on 25 dairy farms across New York. This brings the total funding provided to New York dairy farms through Round 1 of this program to $30.7 million, protecting 15,102 acres.
All farmland protection project proposals must be submitted electronically through the New York State Grants Gateway. For more information regarding the Grants Gateway, please visit https://grantsgateway.ny.gov. Additional information and the Request for Applications (RFA) can be found on the Department's website at https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html.