From farm fields, town halls and county seats across New York, to the state capital in Albany, American Farmland Trust is working to advance policies and secure funding to support agriculture and protect farmland.
Here is what we are working on now:
New Bill Introduced to Help Beginning Farmers Find Land
Finding new ways to help farmers, particularly beginning farmers, find a farm at an affordable price was a priority issue at American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® Rally. New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee, Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, and Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, have introduced bills to address this problem. Their legislation, bills S. 5377 and A. 7002, would require the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Office of General Services to identify and inventory state-owned farmland that could be purchased by or leased to farmers and take steps to make that land available to farmers.
Telling New York State to Buy Local
Encouraging state agencies to buy more food produced in New York was another priority issue for American Farmland Trust in New York. The Food Metrics Act S. 4061/A. 5102 will require state agencies to track the state’s current food purchasing practices and encourage state institutions to buy more food produced in New York.