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New Reports Connect Protecting Farmland with Local Food and Beginning Farmers

Three reports have just been released pointing to farmland conservation as essential to local food security and helping the next generation of farmers begin farming.

Securing Fresh, Local Food for New York City and the Hudson Valley: A Foodshed Conservation Plan for the Region,  recently released by Scenic Hudson, provides a strategic approach to conserving agricultural land near New York City. 

Farmland Access and Tenure Innovations, a report by the Land Access Project Task Force analyzes  programs and policies to increase beginning farmers’ access to farmland and identifies strategies to encourage public and private landowners to sell or lease their land to beginning farmers.

The task force also produced Does the Option at Agricultural Value Protect Farmland for Beginning Farmers , a policy analysis that studies the success of an optional legal requirement that  farmland under conservation easement  to  be sold at its agricultural value rather than market value- ensuring the affordability of protected land for farmers, particularly beginning farmers.

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