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Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board

The New York State Constitution directs the State Legislature to protect agricultural lands, which the State and its counties have done together since the implementation of Article 25AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law in 1971. This law authorizes the preservation and protection of agricultural lands and products. Section 302 of that Law provides for the establishment of an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (the “Board”) by the County Legislature.

In Chemung County, the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board's powers and duties include: 
  • Advise the county legislative body on matters related to the proposed establishment, modification, continuation, or termination of any state certified Article 25AA agricultural district (Ag District FAQ).
  • Review notice of intent filings (pursuant to Article 25AA) and make findings and recommendations on the potential impacts of governmental actions involving lands in state certified Article 25AA agricultural districts.
  • At the request of one or more owners of land used in agricultural production, review the land classification established by NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for such land and recommend revisions the specific classification to the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets.

The members of the board are: 
 
Michael Hanlon
Eugene Stowe
Thomas Rhodes
James Bush
Mark Watts
Tom Pipher
John Pastrick, Chemung County Legislature
Ken Bush, Soil and Water Conservation District
Andy Fagan, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Nicolette Wagoner, Chemung County Planning Commissioner
Theresa Murdock, Director of Real Property Tax Services

Chemung County has five Agricultural Districts certified by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and these Districts encompass about 40,678 acres. Property owners may apply to have land included within an Agricultural District to conserve and protect agricultural lands as valued natural resources and open space, and to encourage the improvement of agricultural lands for the production of food and other agricultural products. The Board and County Legislature undertake a comprehensive review of each district every eight years, at which time properties may be added or deleted from the district. In addition, Chemung County has open enrollment period every November when a property owner can apply for inclusion in a district.

*Note that in December 2017, the Chemung County Legislature voted to consolidate the five agricultural districts into one Consolidated District, "C-1." NYS Department of Ag and Markets is currently reviewing the consolidated district. 

Section 324 of Article 25AA provides for the development of an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.  The Chemung County Legislature adopted the Chemung County Agricultural Economic Development Plan (the “Plan”) by Resolution No. 11-223 on April 11, 2011. The Plan promotes the preservation of agricultural land use while encouraging and strengthening agricultural development in the county. The Plan also provides for the creation of an Agricultural Resource Group, a subcommittee that is charged with implementing the plan's recommendations. 

Click here to view the Chemung County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

Click here to view the Plan attachments.

February 2017 Meeting Agenda

Agricultural assessment program: overview (link)
2017 Agricultural Assessment Values per acre (link to PDF)


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