These infographics support American Farmland Trust’s report, Cultivate New York: An Agenda for Protecting Farmland for Growing Food and the Economy.
The report summarizes accomplishments of New York State’s Farmland Protection Program protecting scenic farmland from Long Island to Buffalo. The Cultivate New York report also highlights the importance of farmland conservation to New York’s ability to produce healthy, local food and sustain a strong farm and food economy, while documenting two new threats to farmland in addition to real estate development – transition to a new generation of farmers and climate change. Finally the report makes 14 recommendations for action organized around 4 major goals including:
• Allocating $300 Million Over the Next 10 Years to Protect 100,000 Acres of Farmland
• Consistently Completing State-Funded Farmland Protection Projects in Less than 2 Years
• Aiding 5,000 New and Next Generation Farmers in Finding Land
• Developing a Statewide Foodshed Protection Plan and Supporting State Policies