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CNY Farms receive state funding to reduce environmental footprint and prepare for extreme weather

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More than two dozen farms in Central New York are in line to receive a combined $1.6 million in state funding to help them prepare for extreme weather events related to climate change. A total of $7.9 million from the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program will assist 70 farms statewide to reduce their environmental footprint.

Projects in this round of funding focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing soil health, and promoting energy savings. There are also projects that emphasize water management to mitigate the effects of drought as well as heavy rainfall and flooding. The farming grant program has been assisting farms since it was launched in 2015.

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