New York is offering $5.5 million in grants to advance farmland protection efforts throughout the state. According to a news release the grants will help preserve viable farmland in agricultural production and help farmers identify available land and expedite the process of permanently protecting agricultural properties through perpetual conservation easements. There will be two programs with one aimed at farmers while the other provides grants to land trusts. More information is available at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html