This grant opportunity is being offered to implement conservation easement projects with owners of viable agricultural lands that are associated with a dairy farm operation at risk of conversion to non-farm uses. Proceeds from the purchase of development rights (PDR) transaction on viable agricultural land will offer these landowners an opportunity to either reinvest those monies to enable greater diversification of the farm operation or the transfer of ownership to a new owner of the same or different type of farm operation. Moreover, the viable agricultural land permanently protected as the result of each awarded conservation easement project will remain in continuing agricultural use.
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