by Peter Paden Published February 7, 2015 in the Register-Star
Last week, Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2015-16 State Budget. It contains good news for the state’s farm economy and for every New Yorker who cares about their food and where it comes from. Governor Cuomo has proposed to make the state’s largest investment ever in the permanent protection of farmland: $14 million from the State’s Environmental Protection Fund plus $20 million made specifically available for farmland protection in the Hudson Valley.
This is good news as well for all of us in Columbia County who value our farms and our farmers, our working landscape and the rural quality of life that make the county such a special place. For the Columbia Land Conservancy, which is the primary catalyst for farmland protection here, it means we can expect another year of hard work resulting, we hope, in successful applications for funding that will allow more county farm families to stabilize their land security and enhance the financial health of their businesses.