Applications for the 13th round of farmland protection implementation grants are now being accepted by the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
In this round of funding, $500,000 will be available to support farmland protection efforts. Municipalities approved for grants will receive up to $15,000 to assist with amending local laws that protects farmland from being converted to non-agricultural use, according to Cuomo.
"Agriculture is an essential part of this state's economy, feeding millions of families and providing a way of life for generations of New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a statement. "This new funding safeguards New York's agricultural industry by enabling local governments to pursue smart growth strategies that protect farmland from future development.
"I encourage all communities with farmland areas to apply for this grant opportunity to strengthen rural economies and support farmers across the state."
Along with this application, another request for proposals will be released in 2014. That RFP will cover various types of farmland protection projects, Cuomo's office said.
In November, Cuomo announced millions in farmland protection grants funded through the state's Environmental Protection Fund. Hourigan Farms in Elbridge was one of the recipients. The farm received a $2.1 million grant to protect nearly 1,300 acres of land.
For more information about the 13th round of farmland protection grants and to download application materials, visit agriculture.ny.gov/rfps.html or call 1-800-554-4501.