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Free farmland protection seminar for Ulster County leaders

Free farmland protection seminar for Ulster County leaders

By Blake Jackson

The Orange County Land Trust is hosting a free seminar on June 11th, 2024, designed to empower town supervisors and municipal leaders to protect working farms in their communities.

This event, held at SUNY New Paltz, will equip attendees with the knowledge and resources needed to establish a successful Community Preservation Program (CPP).

Gain Valuable Insights:

Session 1: Led by Michael Sweeton, a successful leader in farmland preservation, this session will provide a roadmap for creating and running a CPP. Learn how Sweeton's program safeguarded over 5,000 acres of land, including 38 working farms, and how your community can replicate that success.

Session 2: David Behm, from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, will delve into the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) program. This program offers financial assistance to municipalities and organizations working to protect farmland through activities like purchasing development rights (PDR) from farmers.

Both sessions will conclude with dedicated time for attendees to ask specific questions and gain further clarification from the presenters.

Event Details:

  • Date: June 11th, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Location: College Terrace at SUNY New Paltz (1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (seating limited to 100, pre-registration required)
  • Lunch: Provided

Don't miss this valuable opportunity to safeguard Ulster County's agricultural heritage! Register today!

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