The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is working with the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) to expand its Farmer Landowner Match program into Dutchess County. The program, which previously focused solely on Columbia County, facilitates lease agreements between landowners seeking to have their land farmed and farmers seeking land.
High real estate costs make it difficult for farmers to purchase farmland and farm leasing is one strategy to help increase access to farmland. Leasing enables farmers to start and expand their operations with significantly less capital and risk.
Thanks to CLC’s Farmer Landowner Match Program I have been able to add significantly to my grazing acreage and thereby to continue to expand our cattle and sheep numbers. The two owners I work with are a great match for me because they were prepared to give long term leases and very much support having grazing animals on their land.
farmer Jerry Peele CONTINUE READING