Farmland Protection

Genesee Valley Conseravncy partners with Livingston and Wyoming County to seek New York State funding for local farmland protection projects.

NYS Purchase of Development Rights Grants

The Purchase of Development Rights grants pays a farmer to place a conservation easement on the farm in order to protect productive farmland and limit non-agricultural development.  The farmer retains ownership of the land, use, and management of the farm; however, the land will have permanent restrictions on commercial, residential and industrial uses in perpetuity. 

This is a very competitive program across the State and locally.  The grant pays a farmer up to 87.5% of the value of the development rights on the land and 87.5% of the project costs.

Livingston County Pre-Application

Due to limited funding and the high level of interest locally, Livingston County farmers must complete a pre-application and meet a set of eligibility criteria to be considered for the State grant.  These pre-applications are ranked by the Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board and the top farms are invited to work with Genesee Valley Conservancy on submitting an application to NYS.

Download the 2019 Pre-Application.

DEADLINE: MARCH 29, 2019

Livingston Workshop Dates:

2/28/2019 from 7-9pm
3/9/2019 from 10am-Noon

Livingston County Government Center, Room 205
Six Court Street
Geneseo, NY 14454

More Information
Please contact: Dave Bojanowski at the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 243-2190; the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service / Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District in Geneseo at 243-0043; or the Livingston County Planning Department at 243-7550.

Visit the Livingston County Farmland Protection page.

Wyoming County Pre-Application

Due to limited funding and the high level of interest locally, Wyoming County farmers must complete a pre-application and meet a set of eligibility criteria to be considered for the State grant.  These pre-applications are ranked by the Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board and the top farms are invited to work with Genesee Valley Conservancy on submitting an application to NYS.

The pre-application will be linked here as soon as it is finalized.

Wyoming Workshop Dates:

3/21/2019 from 7-9pm
3/30/2019 from 10-Noon

Wyoming County Ag & Business Center
36 Center Street
Warsaw, NY 14569

More Information
Please contact: Dave Bojanowski at the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 243-2190

State Information

Visit the NYS Farmland Protection page.