Thursday, February 23, 2023

Free Info Session for Farmland Owners set for March 1 in Essex

Cattle on an Adirondack farm

WHALLONSBURG – The Adirondack Land Trust is hosting a free informational session for farmland owners 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NY-22, Essex, NY. The event, “How do conservation easements impact farm finances?” will touch on ways farmland conservation easements can affect land values, property taxes, borrowing ability and other financial matters.

The following panelists will share their experiences and knowledge as well as answer questions:

  • Greg Fetters, Financial Advisor & Conservation Easement Landowner
  • James Graves, Owner/Operator, Full and By Farm, Essex
  • Rob Guay, Owner/Real Estate Appraiser, Viewpoint Ag Evaluation & Consulting
  • Chris Jage, Conservation Program Director, Adirondack Land Trust
  • Jill Robinson, Enrolled Agent, Farm Credit East

In Essex County, maintaining agricultural uses on an estimated 523 parcels totaling 39,000 acres is important to the future of local farming and food, according to the county’s Farmland Protection and Food System Plan (2022). The Adirondack Land Trust is opening lines of communication about conservation easements as a land protection tool to help farmland owners plan for the future of their fields, pastures and cropland.

This event is supported by a Farmland Access Outreach Grant through NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and offered in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County.

Questions about the event or conservation easements can be directed to Megan Stevenson, (518) 576-2400 or

Adirondack Land Trust’s mission is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. The land trust has protected 27,606 acres since its founding in 1984, including more than 7,000 acres of agricultural lands. To learn more, visit

Photo at top: Cattle on an Adirondack farm. Photo by Erika Bailey. Photo provided by Connie Prickett, Director of Communications, Adirondack Land Trust.





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