Tag Archives: Farms

Farewell to Summer

It is no secret how much I love representing this beautiful district in the New York State Assembly.  The spectacular natural beauty of Dutchess and Columbia Counties is simply breathtaking — from the majestic Hudson River to the west to … Continue reading

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Where in the World is the 2012 Farm Bill?

You may already know a lot, or a little, about the U.S. Farm Bill, dear Reader, but this has been my year to try to understand this smorgasbord bill,  passed every five to seven years (most recently in 2008) and what it … Continue reading

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Getting the Frack Out of Here

It was good news last week when NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reported that the hydrofracking advisory panel is behind schedule and that it’s unlikely any permits will be granted any time soon. The panel … Continue reading

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Dine Out Irene and other Post-Flood Farm Relief Efforts

New York State farmers suffered a devastating double whammy over the last month when uninvited guests Irene and then Lee tore through the upstate and Hudson Valley regions leaving heartbreaking wreckage in their wake. It is clear we haven’t begun to … Continue reading

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Hug a Farmer — Family Farms Need You

You’ve joined a CSA (and have learned to prepare vegetables you’d never even heard of five years ago). You frequent the weekly Farmer’s Market, not just in your town, but in the surrounding towns. You know the local farms and … Continue reading

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Farm Tables: Dining in the Field

The facts about farming speak for themselves: America has been losing more than an acre of farm and ranch land every minute to development.* New York State has lost almost half a million acres of farmland to subdivisions, strip malls … Continue reading

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Fields of Dreams: Young Farmers Put Down Roots

“For every farmer under 35 in the U.S. today, there are six over 65. To keep farmers markets full of farmers, grow town economies, and continue our rich local food traditions, we must help more young people get started in farming … Continue reading

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