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Dutchess officials propose farmland preservation measure

Aug 31, 2021 5:45 am

MidHudson News is reporting Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver and county executive Marc Molinaro have announced a proposal to invest $1.2 million to preserve farmland in the county. The proposal would continue the program that began in Dutchess County more than a generation ago and was the first of its kind in New York. “We’re putting forth the resolution in November and look forward to the support of the legislation,” Molinaro said. “This open space and farmland protection act has protected thousands of acres in Dutchess County,” Molinaro noted that he is confident that the request will get legislative approval. Pulver is an active farmer in Pine Plains and touted the necessity for continued preservation efforts. “You can’t build farmland,” he said. “This funding will help preserve the land and protect the farming industry.” Pulver and Molinaro both noted that Dutchess County is at the forefront of controlling development and preserving natural resources. The newest preservation proposal is slated to protect 6,000 acres of dedicated farmland that Molinaro called “critical to the environment and very important to the farming industry.” Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.