Seven working farms in the Hudson Valley are now protected from development thanks to combined support from the federal Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program, Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County, the Town of Red Hook, the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Dutchess Land Conservancy. 1,265 acres of farmland have been protected with conservation easements at a cost [...]
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the 2013-14 State Budget yesterday at the University at Buffalo. The budget passed both houses of the New York State Legislature on March 29. The budget provides $13 million, an increase of $1 million, for the state’s Farmland Protection Program, which funds the purchase of agricultural conservation easements on farmland and [...]
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Last week’s No Farms No Food® Rally was well-timed as Governor Cuomo and state legislators are in heated negotiations that are anticipated to result in a new state budget by March 21st. On Wednesday, March 13, 16 No Farms No Food® lobby teams deployed to meet with over 70 state legislators to talk about the [...]
The No Farms No Food Rally is only one week away and it’s not too late to register . New York State has lost nearly 4,500 farms to real estate development since the early 1980s. This has got to stop. Join us at the No Farms No Food Rally March 13 in Albany and tell [...]
New York’s Senate and Assembly have released their proposed budgets and there is good news. They’ve joined the governor in proposing to keep funding for the Farmland Protection Program at $12 million in Fiscal Year 2012-2013. They are also proposing maintaining the Environmental Protection Fund, which pays for the Farmland Protection Program, at $134 million.