ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state has awarded $6.3 million in grants to help preserve farmland in eastern New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the money will help protect more than 2,700 acres of at-risk farmland in Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties. The nine Farmland Protection projects will support the preservation of farmland through conservation easements.

The Agricultural Stewardship Association will receive about $2.4 million for three projects in Rensselaer County and one project in Washington County.

The Columbia Land Conservancy was awarded nearly $2.4 million for three projects in Columbia County and Saratoga PLAN will receive more than $1.5 million for two projects in Saratoga County.


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