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Category Archives: State Budget

State Farmland Conservation Funds Help Family Farms Transition to a New Generation

American Farmland Trust Testifies at NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on Environmental Conservation in the 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal. American Farmland Trust Testimony (pdf)      

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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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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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