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Long Island Farmers Protect Water Quality

A pioneering group of 35 farmers on Long Island are conducting on-farm conservation projects this summer to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizers on sweet corn and potato crops.  The projects are part of a program being offered by American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and AgfFlex. “Everybody has to do their […]

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Farm Aid Coming to Saratoga Springs

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews are known for headlining Farm Aid, a concert to raise money to help family farmers. This year, Farm Aid is coming to our New York State Office’s hometown–Saratoga Springs. “This region has strong agricultural roots and offers fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture,” said […]

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Save the Date!

Harvesting Opportunities in New York, November 20, Albany The second annual Harvesting Opportunities in New York: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland conference will be held on November 20 in Albany. The business of growing and selling food is a major contributor to New York’s economy. Farms annually sell billions of dollars in products […]

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American Farmland Trust Awarded Grants to Help Beginning Farmers & Save Farmland

Last month, American Farmland Trust was awarded two Conservation Partnership Program Grants. The Conservation Partnership Program is a public-private partnership between the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance that invests in New York land trusts.  “This program is unique in the nation,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens. “The […]

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Partnership Protects 7 Hudson Valley Farms

Seven working farms in the Hudson Valley are now protected from development thanks to combined support from the federal Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program, Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County, the Town of Red Hook, the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Dutchess Land Conservancy. 1,265 acres of farmland have been protected with conservation easements at a cost […]

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