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Masters Farm

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



AFPB Pre-Proposal 2018 (fill-in Word document - save to your computer)

AFPB Pre-Proposal 2018 (printable pdf)

Onondaga County Ag & Farmland Protection Plan (large pdf)

Plan Appendices (very large pdf)

State Application Materials

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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


Onondaga County Projects

Since the 1990s, over 7,000 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.


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