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Hanehan Brothers Dairy Farm

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                                                          Hanehan Brothers' Family

For five generations, Charles Hanehan’s family has been dairy farming in the Capital District’s northern Saratoga County. One of largest dairies in the state, they milk 600 cows and crop over 1,000 acres of land for feed production. Development threatens Saratoga County’s dairy industry which produces $ 17.2 million in sales, almost half of all agricultural products sold in the county. Much of the farmland in Saratoga County is maintained by dairy farms, which require extensive cropland and support land for their operations.

The Hanehans’ Farm in the town of Stillwater includes 135 acres of high quality farmland near the Saratoga National Historic Site Viewshed. Preservation of this farm which enhances the pastoral setting giving a sense of the landscape as it existed at the time of the Revolutionary War,was a high priority for OSI.

The Town of Stillwater successfully received a State Farmland Protection Grant for an agricultural easement, and in 2003 OSC matched the local grant at the request of the American Farmland Trust and The Saratoga County Agriculture Economic Development Program.

Family run farms in the Northeast, particularly those near metropolitan areas, are increasingly threatened by the wave of development that is sweeping across the Hudson Valley. OSI works with a variety of public and private partners to protect farms, through outright acquisitions or the purchase of conservation easements.

OSI Press Release

The New York State Farmland Preservation Program (PDR Program) purchases development rights from willing farmers, placing agricultural land in conservation easements that continues to allow farm activities while restricting non-agricultural related development. Before and after values are determined by an appraisal and the farmer is paid the difference. The Program seeks to ensure the continued economic viability of agriculture. It uses critical mass to keep support services in place and minimize land use conflicts. It provides economic incentives to continue farming by allowing farmers to obtain development value for their property without the development, and it can reduce costs of entry and value for new farmers by creating agricultural and farming availability.

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