Crouch Encourages Dairy Farmers to Take Advantage of Grant Opportunities

July 12, 2018

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) announced today that the state will be awarding $30 million in grants for conservation easement projects for dairy farms around the state. The funds are designed to ensure dairy farmers have the opportunity to diversify and update their farms to more modern operations at an affordable cost, while ensuring their land forever remains used for agricultural purposes.

Eligible parties for farmland protection grants, which can be up to $2 million, include land trusts, municipalities, county agricultural and farmland protection boards and State Soil and Water Conservation Districts. There is no application deadline.

Conservation easement project grants will be awarded to eligible dairy farmers who are transitioning ownership of a dairy farm, diversifying the overall farm operation, or converting to a non-dairy farm operation.

The state requests all farmland project proposals to be submitted electronically through the New York State Grants Gateway. For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit https://grantsgateway.ny.gov. For additional information and requests for applications, please visit https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html.

Finally, the Farmland Protection Program is available to dairy farms that have valuable and at-risk farmland that needs to be protected. The application deadline is August 31, 2018 and the request for proposals is available at www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html.

“I strongly encourage all qualified dairy farmers to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Crouch. “As a former dairy farmer myself, I know firsthand the struggles our dairy farmers endure day in and day out keeping their farms up and running. With milk prices at a staggering low in recent years, our dairy farmers need all the help they can get. I hope these opportunities will help our local farmers update their operations and increase production. ”