With ever-growing public interest in everything from food safety and water quality to carbon footprint and climate change, consumers want to know where their food comes from and how it is produced. Nearly 8 million acres of New York land is in the care of farm families who produce the fresh food, green energy and other products that we need every day. For nearly 15 years, AEM has supported New York’s farmers in their efforts to farm cleaner and greener, while remaining economically viable into the future.
Farms protect water quality and wildlife habitat, while providing open space and recreational opportunities enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. Farms are also the backbone of local economies, generating jobs and revenue while helping keep taxes from rising. In this time of skyrocketing energy and transportation costs, supporting agriculture is more important than ever to safeguard a strong economy, local food supply and natural resources.
New York’s 58 County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and their local AEM partners deliver the resources and technical services that help farm families meet environmental goals, while meeting consumer demands to remain competitive in the global marketplace.