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Category Archives: New York Policy

Governor Cuomo Proposes Important Step to Making New York a National Leader

Last week, Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2015-16 State Budget.  The Governor’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda is big – literally – more than 550 pages and proposes in excess of $141 billion in state spending. In it, is big news for the state’s farm and food economy and every New Yorker that cares about their food […]

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State Farmland Protection Funding Helps Next Generation of Farmers

Laura Ten Eyck, Senior Manager of New York Projects and Outreach for American Farmland Trust, testified about the important role state farmland protection funding plays in the transfer of land to the next generation of farmers in New York. The testimony was presented to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Agriculture last Friday […]

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Bill Would Help New York’s Next Generation of Famers Find Affordable Farmland

The New York State Senate passed legislation earlier this summer — supported by American Farmland Trust — to improve access to farmland for beginning farmers. The state Assembly passed the bill in February, and the next step is for the Assembly to send the bill to Governor Cuomo for his signature. American Farmland Trust conducted […]

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American Farmland Trust, Farmers, Conservation Groups, and Communities Applaud New York’s Restart Of Farmland Protection Program

Last Wednesday Governor Cuomo announced the availability of $20.5 million to protect working farms for future generations. “Protecting and maintaining farmland is vital to supporting the continued growth of New York’s robust agricultural industries,” said Governor Cuomo. Along with this announcement, the state issued a request for proposals for farmland protection funding for the first […]

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New York State Budget Approved: Increase of $1 Million for Farmland Protection to Buffer Fort Drum

New York’s $138 billion budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, passed March 31, includes $14 million for the Farmland Protection Program, a $1 million increase. The $1 million increase will enable the state to leverage funds from the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program to purchase conservation easements on farms in the Greater Watertown-Tug Hill Region, enhancing the buffer […]

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