The planning process is nearing completion! The second draft of the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan has been released and is available for review online and at the office of the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, located on the 5th Floor of the County Office Building at 160 Genesee St Auburn, NY 13021. Once the plan is approved by the County Legislature, it must be submitted to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for approval.
Click here for the press release about the May 2014 draft. Based largely on information gathered in the November, 2013 public discussion meetings and the February, 2014 focus groups, as well as interviews with farmers and agriculture-related business owners and an in-depth analysis of available demographic and geographic data, the first draft of the plan was released for public review and comments on May 14, 2014. Comments were accepted electronically, in writing, over the phone and in person, in addition to comments that were submitted at the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board's public hearing about the draft on May 29, 2014, from 7pm to 9pm at BOCES.
All Focus Group Notes
Agri-tourism & Direct Sales Focus Group Notes
Integrating Local Food into the Local Food System Focus Group Notes
Livestock Focus Group Notes
New & Young Farmers Focus Group Notes
Education Focus Group Notes
Agencies & Institutions Focus Group Notes
Dairy & Field Crops Focus Group Notes
Click here for the events flyer.
There were three opportunities for the public to meet and discuss agriculture with the Steering Committee and the particular conditions present in each of the three areas of the county (southern, central, and northern):
Why Save Farmland?
Agriculture's Contribution to New York's Economy and Communities
Agriculture-Based Economic Development in New York State: Trends and Prospects
New York Agricultural Landowner Guide: A Guide to Public Farmland Conservation Programs
Regional Food Hub Resource Guide: Food hub impacts on regional food systems, and the resources available to support their growth and development
Planning for Agriculture in New York: A toolkit for towns and counties
The Department of Planning and Economic Development uses this web page to keep Cayuga County residents and farmers informed of the plan's direction and development. Please check back regularly for new information, or join the email list using the information below to receive notifications.