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New Toolkit Available for Saving Local Farms

Development pressures from upstate New York down to Long Island are rapidly encroaching on the state’s remaining active agricultural land, putting the state at an estimated loss of 9,000 acres of farmland per year. In an effort to assist struggling agrarian communities, The American Farmland Trust has recently updated its publication, Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Towns and Counties. The document seeks to help interested parties pull together to protect farmland from development by providing 12 different tools touching upon zoning rights, public education programs, and agricultural economic development programs, among others. The toolkit does understandably have a focus on New York, but has much to offer communities nationwide that are looking to preserve agricultural land. Check it out.