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Columbia County farms get easements

Mar 15, 2014 12:03 am
Scenic Hudson and Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) announced on March 14 several conservation easements, with over 450 acres of farmland involved. The local groups worked with the USDA Farm and Rand Lands Protection Program, and Dutch Hollow Farm in Stuyvesant and Kinderhook, and the Diehl Brothers farm in Clermont. "The total cost of these projects, involving four distinct properties, is approximately $1.3 million, including funding from the Farm Bill, Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), and an equal amount from Scenic Hudson," according to Scenic Hudson's press release. "The transactions provide a direct infusion of capital to the farmers involved, who can invest the funds in the productive capacity of their farms and expand their operations. CLC will hold, monitor and enforce the easements."