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New York City Watershed Delegation Visits Long Island to Discuss Protecting Water and Strengthening Agriculture

American Farmland Trust brought a delegation from New York City’s watershed to Suffolk County on Long Island this week. For over a century, New York City’s drinking water has come from reservoirs in the Catskill region. In the early 1990s, a voluntary program was established in the watershed to help farmers protect water quality, allowing […]

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AFT’s New York Council Tours Farms in New York City Watershed

To celebrate the Watershed Agricultural Council’s20th anniversary, American Farmland Trust’s New York Advisory Council took a farm tour led by Fred Huneke, chairman of the Watershed Agricultural Council board, and Craig Cashman, the Council’s executive director. The group discussed this globally significant partnership between farmers and New York City residents to sustain agriculture and clean […]

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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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Officials Tour Long Island Farms Protecting Water Quality

Congressman Tim Bishop, United States Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency representatives, Suffolk County legislators and others visited Long Island farms on a Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Agricultural Stewardship Program tour. Farms, like Lewin Farm, protect water quality by fertilizing corn with new controlled-release nitrogen fertilizer as part of the BMP Challengeprogram coordinated by American Farmland Trust and Agflex. […]

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Owasco Lake Conservation Blueprint

The Owasco Lake Agricultural Conservation Blueprint, which we developed in partnership with the city of Auburn and neighboring communities, is now available online. Owasco Lake, located in Central New York, is a small Finger Lake with a large watershed—nearly 205 square miles in size—that provides the drinking water for the city of Auburn. The actions […]

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