Sullivan County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Currently Seeking Applicants for Farmland Protection   

(Monticello, NY) - The Sullivan County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board is currently seeking farms interested in applying for future rounds of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant. Applicants must be committed to placing a permanent land protection agreement on their farm restricting certain development rights, and must be actively farming the property and have an appraised value for the farmland.  To learn more about conservation easements and the program visit: www.agriculture.ny.gov.

Funding is generally available on an annual basis the through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.  While the 2017 round has not been announced, the Board is seeking farmers interested in the program in order to develop a list of potentially eligible applicants for the program. The Sullivan County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board ranks potential applicants from Sullivan County for farmland protection funds on a semi-annual basis.  Rankings are made based on criteria in the 2014 Sullivan County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan, and top ranked farms are provided assistance in seeking funding.  Recently, a farm in Bethel received one of five grants made to farms in the Hudson Valley region, and was awarded $650,000.

Farmers interested in the program should contact Melinda Meddaugh at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at 845-292-6180 or email mm2592@cornell.edu  to receive an inquiry form.  Forms are due by Friday, December 9th and can be submitted via email or mailed to Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty, NY 12754.
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