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Category Archives: State Legislation

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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Governor Cuomo Signs Food Metrics Bill into Law

Governor Cuomo heard your call to increase economic opportunity for farmers by serving  nutritious locally grown food in state-run institutions and signed the Food Metrics Bill (S.4061  /A. 5102) into law yesterday. The new law requires state agencies to establish a robust food purchasing, tracking and reporting system that will provide baseline data about money […]

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Tell New York State to Buy Local

Thanks to your support, the Food Metrics Act S. 4061/A. 5102 unanimously passed the New York State Assembly on June 20th. The Food Metrics Act would require New York State agencies to provide greater transparency about state food purchasing by reporting agency food purchasing practices and encourage state institutions to buy more food produced in […]

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Save the Date!

Harvesting Opportunities in New York, November 20, Albany The second annual Harvesting Opportunities in New York: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland conference will be held on November 20 in Albany. The business of growing and selling food is a major contributor to New York’s economy. Farms annually sell billions of dollars in products […]

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Partnership Protects 7 Hudson Valley Farms

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 […]

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