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Legislative Update:

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. 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 and would require the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and 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.

Tell New York State to Buy Local

Encouraging state agencies to buy more food produced in New York was another priority issue at American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food Rally that is gaining traction. 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.  Thousands of New Yorkers have contacted their legislators in support of the legislation – add your voice to this growing chorus!! 

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