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Farming Issues - New York

New information added on February 22, 2012

"Farmers Want Town Board To Reject New Code"
by Scott Webber, Reprinted by permission from the Warwick Valley Dispatch, November 7, 2001

"New York Farmers Win Victory under 'Right to Farm' Laws"
-PRFA Bulletin, October 29, 2001
New York's highest court exempts farm worker housing from local zoning.

 See Also
See Also

Farming Issues - National

Conservation Easements

Defeating Zoning and Building Codes - New York

Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications

Publication Order Form

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

Michigan Model Conservation Easement (March 2003)
This model document, which was provided by Rachel Thomas as a form used by the State of Michigan, contains typical clauses demonstrating the danger of conservation easements.


In-Depth Information

  • James W. Keegan, Former Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, to Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.— Letter, October 29, 2011.
    Albert L. Wassenhove read this letter aloud at the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights. In the letter, Mr. Keegan writes, "I want to commend you on the excellent feature front page expose you published on the Olana versus Eger Family farm controversy in your Summer 2011 edition of the Property Rights Clearinghouse."
  • "Olana Devotees Battle Farmer's New Communications Tower" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Summer 2011)
    The National Park Service; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Scenic Hudson; and the Olana Partnership have ganged up against the Eger family farm in Columbia County, N.Y., alleging that the replacement of a communications tower at their farm will infringe on the view from Olana, the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church.
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation letter to US Fish and Wildlife Service, June 30, 2011 - By Christopher A. Amato, Assistant Commissioner (8 pp. letter of the 110 pp. commentary and technical information transmitted to comment on "Proposed Rule to Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the eastern United States, Initiation of Status Reviews for the Gray Wolf and Eastern Wolf (Canis lycaon)"
    This letter argues against the US FWS proposed rule change involving reclassification of the wolves in the Northeast, and warns that "the new National Wolf Strategy…would leave wolves in the Northeast without any federal protection and essentially abandon the possibility of wolf recovery in the Northeast."
  • Nate Dickinson"Wild Cities, Suburb Zoos and Rural Outrages—Reflections on My Career in Wildlife Management"-By Nathaniel R. Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    To understand the today's alarming increase in the conflict between different species of wildlife and man, Nate Dickinson recalls his successful effort to restore wildlife management in New York State to the legal mandate to maintain deer in balance with natural food supplies, to create conditions where man and nature can thrive in harmony. To prevent conflicts, there are places where wildlife should not be.
  • Jeff Williams"Property Rights Bills in the New York State Legislature" - By Jeff Williams, Assistant Director of Government Relations, New York Farm Bureau - Speech to the Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
    The New York Farm Bureau's 34,000 grassroots members succeeded in defeating a mislabeled "canned shoot" bill, which had no acreage limitation. Open burning and light pollution (fugitive lighting) bills threaten farmers. Tax exempt reform legislation could relieve undue burdens on property owners.
  • "Private Property Rights of Farmers: Updates in Takings and Related Case Law" - By Jeff Williams and Leah Hurtgen, New York State Farm Bureau (Sixth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights, PRFA - November 16, 2002)
    A broad overview of significant recent cased that have occurred in New York State and in other parts of this country, which affect agriculture and other land-intensive business such as logging and will touch individual property owners: Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (122 S. Ct. 1465 (2002); the victorious Palazzolo v. Rhode Island and related historic cases; Town of Lysander v. Hafner (New York State Court of Appeals, October 18, 2001); the disappointing Long Island Pine Barrens v. Town of Riverhead; the California case Pronsolino v. EPA; and another Ninth Circuit case Borden Ranch v. Army Corps of Engineers.

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William Vojnar
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Peter J. LaGrasse
  • "Long Warwick Zoning Battle Ends" — By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, February 2002)
    Farmers give a little in dispute with urban emigres. Town drops key parts of farm preservation plan, including "Purchase of Development Rights" and "Open Space" zoning.
  • "Farmers Have Private Property Rights—What Does This Mean?" - Carol W. LaGrasse, speech sponsored by "Local," Warwick, N.Y., (PRFA, October 29, 2001)
    This speech, at the invitation of local farmers and landowners, addresses the combined threat of zoning farmland as "Open Space" while pressuring farmers to sell conservation easements, or PDR's (Purchase of Development Rights), to preserve the character of the remaining farmland that suburbanites moving into the area enjoy.
  • "A Critical Look at Conservation Easements" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Speech to Tompkins County Farm Bureau, Dryden Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, Dryden, N.Y., October 26, 2000)
    Benefits for farmers that are attributed to conservation easements are inaccurate, exaggerated and inequitable. The results of conservation easements are the loss of equity and the rights to use the land.

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