Go to http://newyork.farmland.org/farmland-protection/partnership-protects-7-hudson-valley-farms to read the story.
There also are a number of good farmland protection groups working in Central New York, such as the New York Agricultural Land Trust. Check it out at http://www.nyalt.org/
In New York, the American Farmland Trust has helped preserve thousands of acres of farmland. According to its website, "saving farmland from suburban sprawl is critical to sustaining the state's nearly $5 billion agricultural economy, which employs more than 100,000 New Yorkers."
The website goes on: "Though farmland serves as the basic infrastructure for the state's robust farm and food economy, the stae continues to lose farmland to development at a rate of one farm every 3 1/2 days. Between 1982 and 2007, the state lost 449,000 acres of farmland to development."