State money helps pro­tect lo­cal farm­land

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

More than 700 acres of valu­able and at-risk farm­land, in­clud­ing prop­er­ties in Red Hook and Pine Plains, will be pro­tected through the state’s Farm­land Pro­tec­tion Im­ple­men­ta­tion Grant pro­gram, Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s of­fice an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Cuomo’s of­fice said a to­tal of $2.5 mil­lion was awarded to five projects in the MidHud­son Val­ley. The fund­ing will sup­port the abil­ity of farms to main­tain the land for agri­cul­tural pur­poses and pro­tect it from de­vel­op­ment through the use of per­pet­ual con­ser­va­tion ease­ments.

The Dutchess Land Con­ser­vancy was awarded $343,975 for Potts Farm in Red Hook to per­ma­nently pro­tect the 73-acre cash crop-veg­etable op­er­a­tion. Potts Farm is a high-pri­or­ity farm des­ig­nated for pro­tec­tion by the Scenic Hud­son Land Trust. The land trust will con­trib­ute $129,610 to­ward the project, while the Dutchess Land Con­ser­vancy will con­trib­ute $5,000.

The Columbia Land Con­ser­vancy was awarded $762,725 for Chase­holm Farm in Pine Plains. This land trust will per­ma­nently pro­tect Chase­holm Farm, which is a 175-acre dairy op­er­a­tion in Dutchess County. A 109-acre por­tion of Chase­holm Farm in Columbia County al­ready is pro­tected by a per­pet­ual con­ser­va­tion ease­ment as the re­sult of a prior award.

The cur­rent project will help fa­cil­i­tate another in­ter­gen­er­a­tional fam­ily trans­fer of the re­main­der of the farm op­er­a­tion, which is un­der­go­ing its own trans­for­ma­tion to an or­ganic dairy op­er­a­tion. Scenic Hud­son Land Trust will con­trib­ute $268,225 to­ward this project, while Dutchess County will con­trib­ute $246,225.

The state Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Mar­kets ad­min­is­ters the grant pro­gram. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, coun­ties, soil and con­ser­va­tion dis­tricts and not-for­profit con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions or land trusts were el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for in­di­vid­ual grants un­der the Round 14 Farm­land Pro­tec­tion Im­ple­men­ta­tion Grants com­pet­i­tive re­quest for pro­pos­als. Farms pro­tected un­der the pro­gram re­main tax­able.

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