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July 17th, 2019

Women Farmland Owners Invited to ‘Income and Real Property Tax Primer’ Learning Circle in Wyoming County

To reach the growing number of women landowners interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land, American Farmland Trust, or AFT, is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northwest New York team to offer learning circles for women with agricultural land to learn and engage with other women.

Nearly 1 million women now operate American farms, and more than half a million women own farmland that is rented to farmers. Research shows that many women landowners have a strong conservation and stewardship ethic, but face gender-related barriers to managing their land for long-term sustainability.

The upcoming learning circle on July 24, 2019, ‘Income and Real Property Tax Primer,’ will include a discussion led by Sue Herman, a CPA with 23 years of experience in agricultural taxes, and James Kirsch, director of real property services for Wyoming County.

Participants can expect to learn:

  • How rental income affects income tax and what expenses can be deducted to reduce the impact
  • How share rental income is treated differently than cash rent for income tax purposes
  • How to take advantage of agricultural assessment to reduce real property taxes on rented lands
  • How farmers renting your land may be eligible for NYS Farmers’ School Tax Credit

WHEN: July 24, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Letchworth Pines, 6985 State Route 19A, Portageville, NY 14536

Women landowners interested in participating in the upcoming learning circle in western New York can register at www.farmland.org/women or contact Joan Sinclair Petzen at Cornell Cooperative Extension, jsp10@cornell.edu, 585-786-2251, Ext 122. Cost to attend is $10 and includes lunch and educational materials.

This learning circle is part of the “Landowners and Farmers Working Together for Clean Water in the Great Lakes Project,” a collaboration between American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy Livestock and Field Crops team, Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District, IPM Institute and Utah State University funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

CONTACT: Joan Sinclair Petzen, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Northwest New York Team

585-786-2251, Ext. 122, JSP10@Cornell.edu

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American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres and supported thousands of farm families.