The success of the new plan will depend on the participation and guidance of our farmers, processors, distributors, transporters, wholesale and retail businesses, other agricultural support businesses, local consumers, young people, non-profits and government agencies. The updated plan will aim to identify complementary strategies to protect our farmland from future development and to support and develop our agricultural economy. To that end, this plan will take a hard look at the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to our farmland and agricultural economy. It will focus on identifying meaningful actions that our county, towns, villages and residents can take to strengthen our farming communities and facilitate economic success.
Cayuga County's Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan update is funded in part by a grant from New York State's Department of Agriculture and Markets. As such, certain basic requirements must be met by the County. Article 25AAA Section 324 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law states:
Cayuga County's new agriculture and farmland protection plan will include a lot more than just the basic requirements. Agriculture is a major economic sector in Cayuga County, so it is important that the new plan focus heavily on addressing the needs and challenges of our agricultural enterprises. Additionally, the plan will include a "farm-friendly audit" of local regulations and work with each town to identify possible improvements. The public will have many opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the plan through focus groups and public meetings that will be held throughout the county.
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.