Monday, September 22, 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.


The Ag Plan has been adopted by the County Legislature!

The Cayuga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan was adopted by the County Legislature on August 27, 2014. The plan has been submitted to the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets for final review and approval. Stay tuned for updates!

Past Progress

Final Draft Plan released in July, 2014

The final draft of the plan was released in July and adopted by the Cayuga County Legislature, after a public hearing, at their meeting on August 27, 2014. Now that the plan has been approved by the County Legislature, it has been submitted to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets for final approval.

Draft Plan released in May, 2014

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.


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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