The story of farmer Louis Gnip is unfortunately a well-known one to these in agriculture (“Sick of calls from builders, Malta farmer hopes to protect his land,” Feb. 7). Going through elevated growth strain and nearing retirement, lots of of farmers like Gnip have reached out to land trusts for assist defending their farms.
In line with analysis by American Farmland Belief, Saratoga County, the place Gnip’s farm is positioned, transformed 14 % of its farmland between 2001 and 2016 — the very best of any county within the state. Senior farmers within the county additionally outnumber younger farmers at a charge of seven:1. As farmers retire, land turns into weak to being misplaced. With out interventions that preserve land in farming and farmers on the land, the way forward for farming in Saratoga County is in danger.