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if you are interested in
applying for PDR funding.

Masters Farm
The Masters Memory Lane Farm
in the Town of Marcellus is protected through the Purchase of Development Rights funded by the Masters and a NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Farmland Implementation Program Grant


Protected Farmland Map (2019)2020 PDR Map





Farmland Protection

Implementation Program (FPIG)



Contact the Onondaga County

Department of Planning for more details.


FPIG Informational Workshop

November 17, 2022

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension

RSVP to jtm286@cornell.edu or

call CCE for info at (315) 424-9485




AFPB Pre-Application 2022-2023 (fill-in Word document - save to your computer)

AFPB Pre-Application 2022-2023
(printable pdf)

Onondaga County Agriculture &
Farmland Protection Plan

State Application Materials

NYS Site Plan Guidance Document

Click here to be notified of upcoming Cornell Cooperative Extension information sessions on farmland conservation easement programs.

Farmland Conservation Easement Programs


Farmland conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements that restrict the development and subdivision of land, either as a donation or through monetary compensation, with the goal of preserving land suited for farming. 

NYS Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program – Commonly known as the "Purchase of Development Rights" (PDR) program, New York State has offered Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG) program since the 1990s for easement projects.  Onondaga County has been an active partner in facilitating farm owner access to the program.  To date, nearly 12,000 acres have been permanently protected.

A key requirement of the state program application is endorsement of the project by the Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board (AFPB).  As interest in the program has increased, the APFB has developed a pre-application process for interested farm owners to identify the most viable and competitive lands to receive endorsement and undertake the full state application process. 

Refer to the information bar to the right for deadlines, workshops, and pre-application materials for any open funding rounds.


Links and Contacts

NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farmland Protection Program

  • Program Info
  • ROUND 19 - upcoming round anticipated in 2023

For questions and assistance with the Pre-Proposal process


Eligible Applicant Partners (not exclusive list)


Onondaga County Projects

To date, nearly 12,000 acres of dedicated farmland in Onondaga County have been protected by conservation easements through the State FPIG program, federal grants, local land trusts, and the Onondaga County Agricultural Council.  

If you are interested in preserving your farmland for future generations, please contact any of the above listed organizations for more information.



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