Training offered to protect farmland

Published Aug 7, 2015 at 4:00pm

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The American Farmland Trust has teamed with Cornell University to develop community leaders with the skills and knowledge to strengthen the economy and protect farmland.

The Local Agriculture and Land Use Leadership Institute will train farmers, extension educators, planners, local officials and nonprofit professionals about policies and programs that communities can use in protecting farmlands and keeping farmers on their land.

“New York has lost 4,500 farms, the equivalent of one farm every there-and-a-half days, since the early 1980’s,” NYS Director at American Farmland Trust David Haight said.

For a fee of $100 up to 30 residents from Oneida, Madison and Onondaga counties may attend five day-long sessions that run from November 2015 through February 2016.

Each session will foster leadership skill development and the technical aspects of land use planning, farmland protection and agricultural development.

“Communities must do more to protect farmland and help local farmers achieve economic security to ensure that farming continues into the future. Farms and farmland cannot be taken for granted,” Haight said.

To register, visit www.extendonondaga.org.