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$50M being allocated to NY livestock farmers for water quality projects

Elizabeth Miller

New York has allotted $50 million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms in the state.

The money is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act. It is aimed at helping large livestock farmers make sure there is proper management and storage of nutrients, such as manure.

"By providing New York's farmers with the resources they need to be successful, we are supporting New York's economy and growing jobs while taking steps to protect the state's vibrant natural resources," said Cuomo. "This funding is critical to ensuring New York's water is preserved and protected while helping farmers across the state to meet environmental standards to secure a cleaner and healthier tomorrow for all."

New York State has over 500 farms, with more than 200 livestock and most are dairy farms with 300 or more cows. Projects that get funded will help farmers meet new environmental requirements first announced in January.

"The $50 million in grant funding for manure storage will improve environmental stewardship on livestock farms across the state," said New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher. "The cost-sharing partnership between farmers and New York State will provide greater flexibility to manage nutrients as farms comply with stricter regulations connected to the new CAFO permits."

The first of three application periods is currently open and closes November 20. Grant awards for $20 million will be made by mid-December. An additional $15 million will be available in both 2018 and 2019.

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