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Bill Would Help New York’s Next Generation of Famers Find Affordable Farmland

The New York State Senate passed legislation earlier this summer — supported by American Farmland Trust — to improve access to farmland for beginning farmers. The state Assembly passed the bill in February, and the next step is for the Assembly to send the bill to Governor Cuomo for his signature. American Farmland Trust conducted […]

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American Farmland Trust, Farmers, Conservation Groups, and Communities Applaud New York’s Restart Of Farmland Protection Program

Last Wednesday Governor Cuomo announced the availability of $20.5 million to protect working farms for future generations. “Protecting and maintaining farmland is vital to supporting the continued growth of New York’s robust agricultural industries,” said Governor Cuomo. Along with this announcement, the state issued a request for proposals for farmland protection funding for the first […]

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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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AFT Budget Testimony Calls for Increased Funding for Farmland Conservation

American Farmland Trust presented testimony at a Joint Legislative Hearing on New York’s 2014-2105 Executive Budget Proposal held on January 29th in Albany, urging the State Legislature to increase funding for the Farmland Protection Program and the Environmental Protection Fund, beyond the modest increases proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget, released January 21.  The Environmental Protection […]

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Keeping Farmland in Agriculture Controls Escalating Property Taxes

In his State of the State Address last week Governor Cuomo announced plans to spur economic growth in New York by reducing property taxes. “The main tax burden in New York State is the property tax. That is the tax you hear New Yorkers complaining about from one end of the state to the other,” […]

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