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.
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.
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
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