Led by the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, in coordination with the Department, the goal of the Climate Resilient Farming Program is to reduce the impact of agriculture on climate change (mitigation) and to increase the resiliency of New York State farms in the face of a changing climate (adaptation).
Launched in 2015, $8 million has been awarded for 121 farms to implement best management practice systems that reduce potent greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage in soils, and improve the health and resiliency of our farms, ecosystems, and communities. Funds are eligible for (track 1) manure storage cover and flare systems, (track 2) water management projects, and (track 3) Healthy Soils NY to improve soil health management practice systems.
A total of $4 million is available for the Round 5 Climate Resilient Farming Program. Proposals for funding will be accepted from Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Proposals must be submitted by March 2, 2020 to be considered for funding.