- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is giving more than $1 million to a group of farms in an effort to boost the state’s Grown & Certified program.

The money is available through the Environmental Protection Fund and will be split among 29 farms.

The state program assures consumers the food they’re buying is local and produced by farms enrolled in an environmental management program.

Orleans County in the Finger Lakes region is getting the lion’s share of the funding. Ten farms will split nearly $415,000, while six farms in Saratoga County will divvy up $223,000.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Friday to coincide with Earth Week. The hope is to help more farmers adopt green practices.

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