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True Grit: Diane Held Featured in Edible Buffalo’s “Women in Agriculture” Issue

The spring issue of Edible Buffalo  spotlighting “Women in Agriculture” includes a profile of American Farmland Trust’s Senior New York Field Manager Diane Held, who manages projects to improve access to farmland for the state’s next generation of farmers. After graduating from Cornell with a degree in agriculture and receiving a master’s in environmental  studies at the University of Buffalo she learned first-hand about farming by leasing land to operate a 30-cow dairy. Diane’s struggles as a young farmer were not in vain as she now puts lessons learned to use helping the next generation of farmers get started. “It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination,” said Held about starting a farm. “What’s different now is there’s a lot more consumer interest in local foods and that works to the beginning farmer’s advantage.”

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