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Category Archives: New York Policy

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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Farmers, Local Government and Land Trusts Lobby New York Legislature

American Farmland Trust and a team of farmers and representatives from local government and land trusts met with legislators last week to advocate for funding for the state Farmland Protection Program beyond the $1 million increase proposed by Governor Cuomo in his executive budget. The Farmland Protection Program is part of the Environmental Protection Fund […]

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Farmland Lobby Day – March 11, 2014

Thanks to farmers, local government officials and land trusts that met with legislators and executive staff on Tuesday to advocate for increased funding for the purchase of permanent conservation easements on farmland from the state Farmland Protection Program.

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AFT Budget Testimony Calls for Increased Funding for Farmland Conservation

American Farmland Trust presented testimony at a Joint Legislative Hearing on New York’s 2014-2105 Executive Budget Proposal held on January 29th in Albany, urging the State Legislature to increase funding for the Farmland Protection Program and the Environmental Protection Fund, beyond the modest increases proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget, released January 21.  The Environmental Protection […]

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Keeping Farmland in Agriculture Controls Escalating Property Taxes

In his State of the State Address last week Governor Cuomo announced plans to spur economic growth in New York by reducing property taxes. “The main tax burden in New York State is the property tax. That is the tax you hear New Yorkers complaining about from one end of the state to the other,” […]

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