February 19, 2015
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Albany, NY

Media Advisory: Agriculture Commissioner to Push for Farmland Protection in the Hudson Valley

Media Advisory: Agriculture Commissioner to Push for Farmland Protection in the Hudson Valley
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On Friday, February 20, State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball will be hosting a press conference in Kingston to tout $20 million in Governor Cuomo’s 2015-16 Executive Budget to protect farmland in the Hudson Valley Region.  More than 5,300 farms are spread across 730,000 acres in the Hudson Valley and 18 percent of the land is dedicated to agriculture.  Funding included in the Executive Budget will help preserve vital farmland for future generations.

Commissioner Ball will also tout a Hudson Valley success story made possible with help from state economic development dollars.

When:             Friday, February 20, 2015 – 11 a.m.

Where:           Farm to Table Co-Packers 
                       300 Enterprise Drive 
                        Kingston, NY

Who:               State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball 
                        Ulster County Executive Mike Hein 
                        Todd Erling, Executive Director of Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation
                        Paul Alward, CEO, Hudson Valley Harvest
                        Andy Bicking, Director of Public Policy and Special Projects, Scenic Hudson
                        David Haight, New York State Director, American Farmland Trust