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 […]
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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As with the state’s overall economic recovery, this past fiscal year has shown brighter signs for efforts to protect farmland from development in New York. In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, the state worked with farmers, communities and private land trusts to close on 19 farmland protection projects, paying out more than $13 million, with an additional $2 […]
New York’s Senate and Assembly have released their proposed budgets and there is good news. They’ve joined the governor in proposing to keep funding for the Farmland Protection Program at $12 million in Fiscal Year 2012-2013. They are also proposing maintaining the Environmental Protection Fund, which pays for the Farmland Protection Program, at $134 million.