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Forest-grown mushrooms now an official N.Y. crop

log-grown mushroomsFrom the Cornell Small Farms program:

The Cornell Small Farms Program announces a new development in the emerging log-grown mushroom industry; New York State has officially designated “actively managed log-grown woodland mushrooms” within the meaning of the term “crops, livestock and livestock products,” for purposes of provisions of law relating to agricultural districts.

The bill, introduced by Bill Magee in the Assembly and sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie in the Senate, was signed by Governor Cuomo in September and means that farmers will be able to designate lands used for cultivation as agricultural, leading to tax breaks and other benefits. The provision further clarifies that mushrooms are seen as a significant agricultural crop and designates the intentional farming of mushrooms from wild harvesting.

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