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Cayuga County: Over $2 million in state grants awarded to preserve area farmland

Two Cayuga County farms were awarded over $2 million in grants as part of New York’s farmland protection grants program.

New York Agricultural Land Trust was awarded over $1.3 million to preserve 477 acres of land on Peace Acres Farm. The farm is located in the towns of Aurelius and Springport.

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Grant money to protect over 500 acres of farmland in Cayuga County

Nearly $800,000 was awarded to the Genesee Land Trust. This funding is also from the Farmland Protection Implementation Grants program.

The money will go towards protecting 197 acres on Woodworth Farm in Sterling, according to The Citizen.

The grants make up a portion of the $38 million awarded by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to protect farmland throughout the state. The money will conserve 11,772 acres of farmland across the state.

The Finger Lakes region is set to get over $13.7 million- more than any other region- to protect 5,276 acres of farmland.

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