Genesee Land Trust will offer an information session for farmers and farmland owners regarding the New York State Farmland Protection Grant program at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Palmyra Town Hall, 1180 Canandaigua Road, and Sept. 27 at Williamson Town Hall, 6380 state Route 21.
Applications for farmland protection funding through NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Farmland Protection Implementation Grant are anticipated to open in spring 2018.
The program protects agricultural land through conservation easements with the purchase of development rights.
Conservation easements are an equitable way for landowners to prevent productive farmland from being lost to development. Interested landowners can receive payment for their land’s development value in exchange for granting the permanent conservation easement, while still maintaining ownership of their land.
The program is offered every two years by the state, with the next round expected in spring 2020.
The information sessions will address conservation easements and how they work, the details of the grant application process and timeline and provide materials including a pre-application that is due later this year.
The Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program is voluntary, complex and highly competitive. All sessions are free and open to interested farmers, farm landowners, town officials and the public from across the region.
For information, call 585-256-2130 or email lwright@geneseelandtrust.org.