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Task force tasked with saving farming

At its meeting last week, the task force drafted several recommendations. It suggested "develop and supporting policy that is farm-size neutral and focuses on overall farm profitability; require more accurate supply and demand reporting for all dairy products in this country; create and fund an agricultural economic development program that is driven by a set of metrics that recognize the overall wealth creation within a community rather than just the overall job creation count; support proper labeling of products to promote enhanced consumer confidence; support programs that assist farmers in their ongoing efforts to be stewards of soil and water resources; incentivize counties to develop their own farmland protection programs to leverage state funds and play a more direct role in protecting farmland for future generations."

Grattidge said he was encouraged by the task force's work and said supporting agriculture state-wide ends up benefiting Saratoga County.

Charlton is 21,000 acres, or roughly 33 square miles, and out of 1,943 properties, 196 are agricultural.

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