Are you a beginning farmer looking for a place where you can grow your farm business? You’re not alone – there are many farmers facing the challenge of finding a farm under conditions that work for them.
American Farmland Trust has assembled a team of experts to help you develop a personal strategy for making this happen. Come to Harvesting Opportunities in New York: Growing Local Food Economies & Protecting Farmland, November 20 in Albany, and participate in Farmland for the Next Generation of Farmers. This day-long track of workshops will help farmers learn about and develop strategies for accessing farmland. At the conference you will learn about:
- Finding a Farm that Meets Your Needs
- Improving Your Chances of Getting a Loan to Buy A Farm
- Working with Land Trusts and Other Partners to Make Farmland More Affordable
- Leasing Farmland and Managing Risk in the Process
- Developing a Personalized Farmland Access Plan
What will you do at the conference? Work directly with a team of professional advisors to outline your own strategy for securing farmland and then review your plan with our expert panel made up of:
- a lawyer
- a banker and tax specialist
- a government loan officer
- a farm manager
- an agricultural mediator
- a land trust representative
Thanks to our sponsors discounted registration is available to beginning farmers and students. For information or to register call us at (518) 581-0078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you signed up!
Emerging economic opportunities in New York – such as food hubs, Greek yogurt or farm-based beer, wine and spirits production – are closely tied with food and agriculture. Yet, the foundation of this robust industry is at risk as farmland is lost to real estate development. 450,000 acres of farmland – the equivalent of almost 5,000 farms – have been paved over by subdivisions and strip malls in New York since the early 1980s.
To address this threat, New York State established the Farmland Protection Program in 1996. The program has provided more than $100 million to permanently protect more than 200 farms across New York while enabling more than 50 counties and 75 towns to develop local strategies for protecting farmland and expanding economic opportunities for farmers.
But, when funding for the Farmland Protection Program was slashed during the economic meltdown of 2008, the state was faced with funding commitments of more than $70 million to 61 farm families to aid them in protecting their land. Since then, no new funding applications have been sought by the Department of Agriculture and Markets. That was five years ago. Read More
November 20, Albany—Register Online Now!
As we move into the final days of a bountiful harvest season we are reminded of the importance of New York State agriculture and the locally grown food it produces. Farm and food businesses provide jobs and economic opportunity while improved access to nutritious, locally grown food improves the health of all New Yorkers.
We encourage you to register online for our fall conference, Harvesting Opportunities in New York, scheduled for November 20, in Albany. Join the conversation about growing regional food economies, protecting irreplaceable farmland from real estate development, increasing access to locally grown food and supporting the next generation of farmers.
The conference’s Buy Local track features “Taking Farm to College to the Next Level,” a workshop about strategies for increasing the amount of locally grown food consumed on college campuses. The Farm to College movement got a big boost when our Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) initiative was recently awarded federal funding to launch a pilot project to get more vegetables into the dining halls on four SUNY campuses. Read More
New legislation that encourages brewing beer with hops and barley grown in New York is getting results! Governor Cuomo recently welcomed 14 newly licensed farm breweries. These breweries add a new dimension to the state’s burgeoning farm winery and distillery industry already creating product with New York grown fruits and grains. “Not only do these efforts benefit New York’s craft breweries, but they also help our agricultural sector to flourish. We want New Yorkers and visitors alike to ‘buy local’ and keep coming back for more,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. Register online for our Harvesting Opportunities in New York conference, November 20 in Albany, and join the discussion of how local communities can support further growth of this market in the conference’s Planning for Locally Produced Beer Wine & Spirits workshop.
To celebrate the Watershed Agricultural Council’s20th anniversary, American Farmland Trust’s New York Advisory Council took a farm tour led by Fred Huneke, chairman of the Watershed Agricultural Council board, and Craig Cashman, the Council’s executive director. The group discussed this globally significant partnership between farmers and New York City residents to sustain agriculture and clean drinking water for 9 million people. “We knew anything we did on farms had to be science based,” Huneke, a retired dairy farmer who participated in the formation of the Council, told the group. “It had to be locally controlled and it had to be voluntary. At first a lot of people said it wouldn’t work. Today we collaborate with 93 percent of the farms in the watershed.” The tour included visits to Hemlock Hill Farm, a farm that was protected from development with funding from the state Farmland Protection Program, as well as Hilltop Hanover Farm.