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Preliminary Data Suggests Next Generation of Farmers Struggling to Get on the Land

Newly released data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that due to a combination of economic factors, competition for land and changing farmer demographics, the next generation of farmers’ struggle to gain access to farmland is a problem that’s not going away. The USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture’s Preliminary Results released last month shows […]

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Farm Transfer and Estate Planning Workshop, April 8

A workshop for farm families on estate planning and transferring  farm businesses to the next generation will be hosted by American Farmland Trust, the Agricultural Stewardship Association and New York FarmNet/FarmLink on April 8 in Washington County, New York. The workshop will cover nuts and bolts considerations for farm and estate planning, communication tools for working through […]

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Governor Cuomo Nominates Richard Ball as Commissioner of Agriculture

Richard Ball, Schoharie County farmer and longtime friend of American Farmland Trust, has been nominated by Governor Cuomo for the position of Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Ball and his family own and operate Schoharie Valley Farms, which grows vegetables, small fruits and greenhouse plants on 200 acres of […]

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Join the Rush to Register! No Farms No Food Rally, March 13, 2013, Albany

Normally our rally participants are a last minute crowd but we are two weeks out from the No Farms No Food® Rally and we have more people signed up at this point than ever before. Our intern, Rachel, is on the phone setting up dozens of meetings with state legislators for our lobby teams. Come […]

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Working to Get Beginning Farmers on the Land

Transitioning farms to a new generation represents a substantial challenge in New York. American Farmland Trust has spent this winter talking to young farmers at places like the Northeast Organic Farmers Association’s New York conference. “What we hear time and again is that the biggest challenge facing beginning farmers is finding productive farmland that is affordable. […]

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