Do you want to protect your farm in perpetuity?

Farmland Protection Grant Accepting Pre-Applications

The Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board is accepting pre-applications for the NYS Farmland Protection Implementation Grant, which provides funding for purchase of development rights. Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs pay farmers who voluntarily commit to protecting their farmland from development through agricultural conservation easements. Funding pays the farmer the appraised difference between the “development value” of the land and the “agricultural value” of the land. Interested parties should contact Crystal Buck at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County to make an appointment as soon as possible to discuss the program and application process, receive assistance with mapping and data, and prepare a draft land plan map for your project. Find out more here. Contact Crystal via email at or by phone at 607-272-2292 x265.