Environmental Business Column: Comprehensive and protective pesticide regulations

Tractor spray fertilize field with insecticide herbicide chemicals in agriculture field.

Close your eyes and envision Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) employees at work. Are they in a forest? At the river? On a mountain trail? What about on a farm?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Ag Census, there are more than 33,000 farms in New York State and more than 4,200 of these farms call the north country home. Farms are an important part of the Northern New York environment and economy, providing the region with agricultural products and critical jobs.

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