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Grants awarded to help farms weather the weather

Farms across the state will get help from the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program,designed to help farms reduce their impact on the environment and cope with extreme weather events. This year the program is providing nearly $2.2 million for projects.

Locally, the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $85,024 to work with one farm to implement diverse cover crops that will improve soil quality, reduce erosion and increase soil organic matter.

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $82,268 to work with five farms to implement cover crops to improve the carbon sequestration potential in the soils and improve resiliency during periods of flood and drought.

Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $156,790 to work with one dairy farm to expand a clean water storage reservoir to an irrigation reservoir, providing more capacity for drought and flood periods, and to install a center pivot irrigation system.

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