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Grant Awarded To County Soil And Water Conservation District

The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District has been $34,040 in state Climate Resilient Farming Grant money.

The state funding will help one beef farm build of a riparian forest buffer and exclude livestock from a perennial stream, which is a tributary to Lake Erie. Implementation will result in carbon sequestration in the riparian forest buffer and reduce stream bank erosion from flooding.

“Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are unfortunately becoming increasingly common,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The results can be devastating to New York State’s farmers, who are on the front lines and must deal with heavy rains, drought, extreme cold and heat waves, all of which can damage crops and farmland. These funds will help farmers prepare for and deal with the effects of extreme weather.”

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