Residential and commercial development pressures are intensifying for farmers across the country. According to studies by the American Farmland Trust, each year, 1.5 million acres of the country’s farmland is parceled off and sold to developers.
While New York’s Farmland Protection Program has preserved over 75,000 acres of the state’s countryside, many New York farmers are looking for ways to cut operating costs to make their farms economically efficient for long-term sustainability.
Rodman Lott, part-owner of the Rodman Lott & Son Farm, a 3,000-acre arm in New York’s Finger Lakes region, began looking for these opportunities. Nestled between the Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, his farm grows no-till corn and soybeans crops. Since 1988, the farm has hosted Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S.