Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752,
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September 24, 2014

Commissioner Announces $25,000 to Help the Towns of Ballston and Cazenovia Protect Farmland

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced the first two awards made under the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) Request for Application (RFA), for projects to amend local laws.

The Town of Cazenovia has been awarded $9,700 toward its project.  Its goal is to revise various sections of its zoning law to align recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan.

The Town of Ballston has been awarded $15,000.  Its goal is to establish a Transfer of Development Rights program to protect farmland, as set forth in the Town of Ballston’s Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan.  Both municipalities are also contributing their own funding toward these projects.

“It’s great to see this funding being used to protect New York’s agricultural industry.  The funds allow local governments to pursue strategies that protect farmland from future development. This is also an opportunity for communities with farmland to strengthen their economies while supporting farmers across the state,” said Commissioner Ball.

This is the first ever RFA offered through FPIG to amend local laws.  This funding is available to help municipalities do the following: 

  • Remove unreasonable restrictions from municipal land use and subdivision regulations that affect agricultural land and farm operations,
  • Remove unreasonable restrictions from zoning and site plan requirements that affect agricultural land and farm operations,
  • Establish a Transfer of Development Rights program to protect farmland from being converted to non-farm use.

“New York has lost half a million acres of irreplaceable farmland to real estate development since the 1980s - the equivalent of 4,500 farms, “said David Haight, New York State Director of American Farmland Trust. “Communities play a critical role in stopping this trend and ensuring opportunities for future generations of farmers in New York.  We commend the State of New York for supporting the Towns of Cazenovia and Ballston in taking action to protect farmland and strengthen the future for agriculture in their communities.”

In December 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the availability of this non-competitive grant opportunity, the first time such an application has been available through FPIG. The awards will continue, on an as-received/as-awarded basis, until $500,000 has been awarded. The maximum for each recipient is $15,000 or 75% of total project costs, whichever is less.

The RFA and application materials (attachments #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6) are available on the Department’s web site on the “Current Funding Opportunities” page. For more information please contact the Division of Land and Water Resources at (518) 485-7729.

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