Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ag Plan Update


For general information about the ag plan, please see the about page.
For updates on steering committee meetings and to view meeting agendas, please see the steering committee page.


What to Watch For

First Draft of Complete Plan Scheduled for Release in Late April, 2014

Based largely on information gathered in the November, 2013 public 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 is being compiled in March and April, 2014. It is scheduled for release in late April so that the public can review it and submit comments on or before the May 29, 2014 public hearing. The draft will be posted on this website and hardcopies will be available for the public to view at the County Office Building and at various locations throughout the county.

Public Meeting and Public Hearing Scheduled for May 29, 2014

The public is invited to attend a public meeting and public hearing on May 29, from 7 pm to 9 pm at BOCES.  At this meeting, an overview of the first draft of the plan will be presented. The presentation will be followed by a public hearing held by the County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board to take comments on the draft.

Past Progress

February, 2014 Focus Groups

Thank you to all participants in the February focus groups!  A total of seven meetings were held, with 44 people participating.


Use the links below to see discussion notes from each focus group meeting:

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

November, 2013 Public Meetings

Thank you to all who attended one of the public meetings in November!  
86 people attended the public meetings. Click the following links for more information on the public meetings:

Introductory powerpoint presentation
Attendance statistics
Compilation of discussion notes from the three public meetings


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):

General Kick-Off & Central County Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7 pm to 9 pm (immediately following the Cayuga County Planning Board meeting) Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, conference room
1879 West Genesee Street Road Auburn, NY 13021
Discussing: General County topics and specifically Throop, Sennett, Aurelius, Springport, Fleming, Owasco

Southern County Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 2013

6 pm to 8 pm
Moravia High School, cafeteria
68 South Main Street Moravia, NY 13118
Discussing: General County topics and specifically Ledyard, Scipio, Niles, Venice, Moravia, Sempronius, Genoa, Locke, Summerhill

Northern County Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

6 pm to 8 pm
Cato-Meridian Central School, 8th grade cafeteria
2837 Route 370 Cato, NY 13033
Discussing: General County topics and specifically Sterling, Victory, Ira, Conquest, Cato, Montezuma, Mentz, Brutus

General Resources

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

Other County Ag Plans from Around New York State

Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. 2012.
Wayne County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. 2011.
Madison County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. 2005.
An Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan for Putnam County. Agricultural Opportunities and Challenges in Putnam County. 2004.
Broome County Agricultural Economic Development Plan (Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan). 2001.

Stay Informed

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.

Join the email list to stay informed of project updates and notifications by contacting Rima Shamieh at, (315) 253-1484, or (315) 253-1499 (fax). 
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