D&C: New York must support, not impede, farming
November 23rd, 2020
Keith Kimball Guest essayist
If I were to highlight the most important theme to come out of 2020 so far, it would be the importance of science. But this is where things get a bit divided. As diligent as New York and our leaders have been in navigating the pandemic and utilizing facts and science to do so, as a farmer, I often see politics, rather than science driving the conversation and policy around the tools I use to manage my crops.
Earlier this year, legislation was passed in Albany that, if signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, could have a devastating impact on the ability for farmers to grow food across the state. This legislation bans the use of glyphosate on state owned lands.
Why would that impact farmers? Well, because many of us lease state land to supplement our existing farms. There are more than 5,000 acres of state-leased agricultural lands in New York.