Do you want to support farms and other businesses related to agriculture? Do you want to protect the landscape that makes your town and county so special? This webinar provides an overview of the Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Towns and Counties, a publication to help get you started in your own community in working to meet these goals.
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David Haight, New York State Director, American Farmland Trust
David has led statewide advocacy and education programs to promote the conservation of farmland and good environmental stewardship of that land for more than 10 years. As New York State Director of American Farmland Trust, he works regularly with political leaders, farm groups, land trusts and environmental groups to promote farmland conservation at the local, state and federal level.
He has helped author two AFT publications, Guide to Planning for Agriculture in New York and New York Agricultural Landowner Guide to Tax, Conservation and Management Programs. David has worked directly with more than 20 town and county governments in developing and implementing agricultural economic development and farmland protection plans and aided state and federal legislators in advancing agricultural and land conservation legislation and budget priorities. David has also coordinated farmland protection projects on specific farms that will permanently conserve over 4,000 acres of farmland in New York.
Prior to joining AFT, David worked with the Vermont Land Trust in evaluating the fiscal impacts of land conservation in Vermont communities and was employed in New York’s Catskill Mountains as an outdoor educator. He has a MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont and a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Binghamton University. He is a graduate of the LEAD New York program and a member of the Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Committee.
David was born and raised in Peru, New York and now lives with his wife, son and daughter in Malta. He helps his wife, Suzanne, and their family manage a greenhouse and flower farm that markets flowers and plants throughout the Saratoga region, including the Saratoga Springs Farmers Market.
Diane Held, Senior New York Field Manager, American Farmland Trust
Diane Held is Senior New York Field Manager for American Farmland Trust, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving America’s farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. She works throughout western New York with local officials, agricultural organizations, farmers and the public to protect local farmland and maintain its capacity to produce local food. Diane’s 25 year career in agriculture includes work with Cornell Cooperative Extension and a past stint as a dairy farmer. Diane holds degrees from Cornell University and the State University of New York at Buffalo.