Suffolk County’s $100 M farmland preservation initiative

Suffolk County is committing $100 million over the next 10 years to preserve 10,000 acres of developable farmland, in order to reach the goal of preserving 30,000 acres set over 50 years ago.

The new “100 for 10 Farmland Preservation Initiative” will put an initial commitment of $25 million into the county’s capital plan over the next three years exclusively for preservation efforts, according to the county. In 1970, the Nassau-Suffolk Comprehensive Plan summary recommended the preservation of 30,000 acres of farmland, however, only around 20,000 acres of preserved farmland have been preserved through efforts by the county government, town governments and land trusts so far.

“Here in Suffolk County, we take great pride in our agricultural heritage, a heritage that belongs to all Long Islanders, but that is mainly preserved here on the East End,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “The agricultural industry provides jobs and economic growth, generates tourism dollars, supports our local restaurants and services, provides fresh produce for our residents to enjoy, contributes significantly to the natural beauty of the region and connects us in a tangible way with our history.”

Preserving farmland protects property from residential and commercial development, restricting it solely for agricultural use. (Source:

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