ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Another $38 million in New York state funds is now available to help farmers protect their land from being lost to development.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the latest round of funding is available through the state's Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program. The Democrat says the funding is the highest ever offered through the program created to ensure farmland is used for agriculture for generations to come.

Individual grants of up to $2 million are available to eligible municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to help offset the costs of conservation easement projects.

The funding comes from the state's $300 million Environmental Protection Fund included in the state budget.

Over 80 farmland protection projects have been funded through the program since Cuomo took office.

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