Scenic Hudson Gets $790K

Funds will preserve Dutchess farm

As part of a program to preserve farmland, New York State has awarded the Scenic Hudson Land Trust $790,000 to protect 96 acres of the Scholldorf farm in Rhinebeck with a conservation easement.

It was part of $18.6 million in grants awarded to protect more than 10,000 acres at 25 dairy farms. The state has spent nearly $31 million to preserve 15,102 acres for agriculture.

The state’s nearly 4,000 dairy farms account for half of its farm production. The state ranks fourth in the nation in the production of milk and first in the production of other products such as yogurt and cottage cheese.

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