This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is joined on the line by David Haight of the American Farmland Trust, making another guest appearance talking all things agriculture in New York State.  Since joining American Farmland Trust in 2001, David Haight has worked with more than 20 local governments to establish agricultural economic development and farmland protection plans. He aids state and federal legislators as they work on agricultural and land conservation legislation and has helped coordinate projects that have permanently protected more than 4,000 acres of New York farmland. Haight helped to author AFT’s Guide to Local Planning for Agriculture in New York and New York Agricultural Landowner Guide to Tax, Conservation, and Management Programs. His previous work experience includes evaluating the fiscal impact of land conservation for the Vermont Land Trust and work as an outdoor educator in New York’s Catskill Mountains. He holds a B.A. in environmental studies and political science from Binghamton University, an M.S. in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont, graduated from New York’s LEAD program and serves on the Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Committee.  For the EscapeMaker.com segment, Erin speaks with Becky Wilklow of Wilklow Orchards all about fall apple picking, hard cider, and what their apple season has been like thus far!

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