Preserving Agriculture in Upstate

Support Upstate farmers – the backbone of our North Country communities

A strong agriculture sector in Upstate New York means strong local economies and vibrant communities. There are more than 35,000 farms in New York, including nearly 7 million acres of land in production. Family farms are often times the largest employer in their communities and have a direct economic impact on businesses nearby, such as farm implement dealers, transportation, manufacturing and equipment businesses.

The counties in the 21st Congressional District account for large percentages of New York’s milk and dairy production, corn silage, bee colonies, apple orchards and more. But farmers face many difficulties, including unpredictable weather, difficult economic conditions, accessing credit, high property taxes, labor challenges and farm regulations, not to mention the death tax. It’s important to find a balance between providing family farms the tools they need to navigate tough economic times and ensuring taxpayers aren’t financing bloated and expensive agriculture programs.  We need to make sure that we look toward the future and ensure that the next generation of farmers will be able to continue the family farm legacy.

Agriculture is a way of life in the North Country and Elise will be a voice for the entire Upstate agriculture community. Supporting New York farms means safer food, affordable goods, and open and stable trade markets, not just in New York, but across the nation and the world.

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