Click here if you are interested in
applying for PDR funding.
The Masters Memory Lane Farm
in the Town of Marcellus is protected through the Purchase of Development Rights funded by the Masters and a NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Farmland Implementation Program Grant
The AFPB is now accepting
Pre-Proposals for the
NYS FPIG program
(rolling into next round TBA).
AFPB Pre-Proposal (fill-in Word document - save to your computer)
AFPB Pre-Proposal (printable pdf)
Onondaga County Ag & Farmland Protection Plan (large pdf)
Plan Appendices (very large pdf)
State Application Materials
Click here to be notified of upcoming Cornell Cooperative Extension information sessions on farmland conservation easement programs.
Farmland Conservation Easement Programs
Farmland conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements that restrict the development and subdivision of land, either as a donation or through monetary compensation, with the goal of preserving land suited for farming.
NYS Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program – Commonly known as the "Purchase of Development Rights" (PDR) program, New York State has offered Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG) program since the 1990s for easement projects. Onondaga County has been an active partner in facilitating farm owner access to the program.
A requirement of the state program, the Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) must endorse a limited number of applications to the state during each funding round. As interest in the program has increased, the APFB has developed a pre-proposal process for interested farm owners to identify the most viable and competitive lands to receive endorsement and undertake the full state application process. Pre-proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Once New York State announces a Request for Proposals and its own deadlines for submission, the APFB will announce and post a cut-off date for pre-proposals to be considered by the AFPB under the current round. Blank pre-proposals and instructions, and program notices and deadlines will be posted to this web page.
Links and Contacts
NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farmland Protection Program
For questions and assistance with the Pre-Proposal process
Eligible Applicant Partners (not exclusive list)
Onondaga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan (for use in question 25)
Onondaga County Projects
Since the 1990s, over 6,000 acres of prime farmland in Onondaga County have been protected by conservation easements through the State FPIG program, federal grant sources, and local donation.
If you are interested in preserving your farmland for future generations, please contact any of the above listed organizations for more information.
Protected Farmland in Onondaga County