Oaks Announces 2009 Farmland Protection Program Grants to Aid Local Farms
May 14, 2009
Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today announced that the towns of Macedon, Ontario, Walworth and Williamson will be awarded state grants to aid four local farms within those towns. “Preserving and aiding our local farms is pivotal to reviving our upstate economy. Agriculture is one of the largest industries in New York and we rely on farms for our food supply as well as sustaining our economy. This is an important industry in New York and I am happy to announce that four farms within the 128th Assembly District will be receiving a combined total of nearly $2 million,” said Oaks. The Farmland Protection Program grants provide financial assistance through the Environmental Protection Fund. Included in the grants announced today, the Town of Macedon will receive $367,212 to protect the Jordan/Nolan property, a 194-acre property leased to a local cash crop operation, which grows corn and soybeans. The property has 1,500 feet of frontage along a tributary into Red Creek. Also, the town of Ontario will be receiving $601,460 from the Farmland Protection grant and will be partnering with the Genesee Land Trust to protect Albright Farms, a 92-acre orchard and row crop operation. In addition, the town of Walworth was awarded $408,155 to protect DeMinck Farms, a 235-acre dairy operation. The property also has 2,000 feet of frontage along a tributary to Bear Creek. Lastly, the town of Williamson will be receiving $420,507 from the Farmland Protection grant and partnering with the Genesee Land Trust to protect Mason Farms, a 250-acre fruit and vegetable farm with 9,000 feet of frontage along Salmon Creek.