Millions available to preserve Rhode Island farmland

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making nearly four million dollars available to conserve farm and ranch land in Rhode Island.

Farmers and ranchers with land that is privately owned and large enough to farm may be eligible for the $3.8 million dollars available for conservation easements.

The money goes to the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. Its goal is to keep working farms from becoming condos and parking lots.

The USDA will pay half of the cost of the easement. About 3,000 acres across Rhode Island have been enrolled in the program since 1996.

There's a year-round sign up, with a deadline of Valentine's Day for this year's easement program.

Learn more about the program here.

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