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New York State Budget Approved: Increase of $1 Million for Farmland Protection to Buffer Fort Drum

New York’s $138 billion budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, passed March 31, includes $14 million for the Farmland Protection Program, a $1 million increase. The $1 million increase will enable the state to leverage funds from the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program to purchase conservation easements on farms in the Greater Watertown-Tug Hill Region, enhancing the buffer […]

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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 […]

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Governor Cuomo Signs State Budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the 2013-14 State Budget yesterday at the University at Buffalo. The budget passed both houses of the New York State Legislature on March 29.  The budget provides $13 million, an increase of $1 million, for the state’s Farmland Protection Program, which funds the purchase of agricultural conservation easements on farmland and […]

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No Farms No Food Rally: The Time is Right to Advocate for Farmland Protection

The No Farms No Food Rally took place during heated budget negotiations between Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Sixteen lobby teams met with over seventy state legislators. “We were joined by young farmers, mature farmers, land trusts and conservation organizations, hunger relief and public health advocates and local food groups to tell our elected officials […]

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New York State Funds Protect 9 Farms in 2012-2013

New York’s Farmland Protection Program aided in permanently protecting 9 farms in State Fiscal Year 2012-2013, which closes March 31. The farms are located across the state from Long Island, to the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes Region and Western New York and represent a full range of agriculture including nursery, dairy, and crop farming. One farm, […]

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