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Seneca County farms get $950,000 for climate resilient agriculture

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a significant financial boost for Seneca County farmers, with nearly $950,000 in grants awarded to enhance soil health and implement climate-resilient farming practices. This funding is part of a larger $16 million allocation under the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program Round 7, aimed at supporting 166 farmers across New York State in adopting environmentally sustainable practices. The initiative, which began in 2015, focuses on reducing the agricultural sector’s environmental footprint and bolstering farm resilience against climate change-induced extreme weather events.

The awarded grants will support projects in three main areas: methane reduction, water management, and soil health improvements, with a particular emphasis on the implementation of cover crops across 10,024 acres. These practices are designed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, prevent soil erosion, and improve water quality in the Seneca and Cayuga Lake Watersheds and the Clyde River. The funding will enable Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) to collaborate with local producers and the Cayuga County SWCD, ensuring that the projects not only contribute to environmental sustainability but also to the economic viability of the farming community.

This financial support underscores the commitment of Seneca County farmers to environmental stewardship and the state’s dedication to fostering sustainable agriculture. By participating in the Agricultural Environmental Management Program, farmers can leverage these funds to protect natural resources while maintaining productive farming operations. The initiative highlights the importance of state and local collaboration in addressing the challenges of climate change and preserving New York’s agricultural heritage for future generations.