- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) - Environmentalists say 143 acres of Hudson Valley farmland south of Albany is being protected through a conservation easement.

Scenic Hudson says it worked with the Columbia Land Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement on land in Schodack that had been leased by the Chittenden family, who own Dutch Hollow Farm. Scenic Hudson says the easement enabled the family to buy the land and protect it.

The farm’s dairy herd of registered Jersey cows is the second-largest in New York.

Conservation easements allow land preservation groups to pay farmers a portion of their land’s value to ensure its permanent availability for agricultural use.

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