Columbia Land Conservancy

The Columbia Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust based in Columbia County New York working with our community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County. CLC's agricultural programs help farmers and non-operating farmland owners utilize a wide variety of land access and conservation tools available to them, including a variety of different leasing structures, partnerships, farm management, purchasing land using farmland protection tools such as donation or purchase of development rights, and other related services and programs designed to help farmers build equity and secure their businesses. CLC also partners with Dutchess Land Conservancy on our farmland matching program.

The Columbia Land Conservancy helps farmers and landowners in Columbia and Dutchess counties participate in the FNG-NY program and provides the necessary resources to develop fair, secure, and long-term leases. Types of assistance include website profile development, property mapping, and connections to volunteer farmers for individual consultations. CLC has specific expertise in land conservation tools including the donation and purchase of development rights, ground leasing, and other related services and programs designed to help farmers build equity and secure their businesses. 

Regions Served

Capital Region, Columbia County, Hudson Valley, Dutchess County

Ag Updates

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Application Open for Dairy Runway Program

Through Dairy Runway, food entrepreneurs and dairy innovators with early-stage ideas for value-added dairy products using New York State cow milk participate in a FREE, virtual Cornell-hosted entrepreneurship course that introduces them to the business model canvas and customer discovery process. Applications due by 5pm on June 10th!

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Leslie Hamilton, Triple H Farms, Geneseo, NY October 15 2018Photo essay for the American Farmland Trust and Great Lakes Protection Fund illustrating farms and landowners working together to conserve the land and resources.

The Farmland Owner Hub is here!

Are you a landowner looking to support farmland preservation by making your land available to farmers? Maybe you want to learn more about how you can steward your farmland with sustainable practices in mind? Or maybe you have goals you’d like to achieve that ensures the future of your farm? Check out the Farmland Owner Hub to explore various topics.

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2024 New York Cash Rent Survey

We get asked all the time what average rental rates are for a county or region! Cornell Cooperative Extension is working to survey farmers, farmland landowners, and agribusiness professionals to create an up-to-date snapshot of farmland rental rates and custom harvest fees. Your response to this survey will help us to provide the most accurate information! 

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Looking for an on farm job or have a farm job you are hiring for?

Are you looking for a farm job? Are you a farm looking to hire help? Check out the 'Find a Farm Job' page on the New York Farmland Finder website! 

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