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Oneida County Farmland Protection

Oneida County Unveils Ag-Friendly Municipal Guide

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. released an updated and refreshed “Agriculture-Friendly Oneida County” municipal planning guide, a document that aids local towns in developing comprehensive plans and policies, establishing agricultural districts, receiving agricultural assessments and setting up land use regulations.

The updated document addresses the changing agricultural landscape as it pertains to renewable energy, including the use of agricultural land for solar arrays and other renewable energy uses.

“Agriculture is the biggest industry in Oneida County and assisting our municipalities in how to capitalize and develop this industry responsibly and effectively has always been a top priority,” Picente said. “This update to our Ag-Friendly municipal planning guide will continue to put our towns in the position to best utilize their assets, especially as we face a changing

For a copy of Agriculture-Friendly Oneida County June 2021 CLICK HERE

In 2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, with the support of New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Oneida County Planning Department, lead a process of updating Oneida County's Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. named a Farmland Protection Planning Task Force to develop and propose an updated Plan. After a series of public meetings around the county and a public hearing, the Oneida County Board of Legislators adopted the Plan in June 2017.

For a copy of the 2017 Oneida County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan CLICK HERE  


Agriculture District Open Enrollment period is January 1st to January 31st. CLICK HERE   for an application. FILLABLE FORM


The Oneida County Farmland Protection Board is an eleven member board that was established by the Oneida County Legislature. The board advises the legislative body concerning Agriculture District creation, modification, continuation or termination. They review and comment on Notices of Intent, acquisition of an interest in land and/or construction of water/sewer facilities within an agricultural district, assess and approve county Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plans, and can request the commission of Ag & Mkts to review any state agency rules and regulations that effect agricultural activities.

Chair: Brymer Humphreys

George Joseph, County Legislator

James J. Genovese II, Planning Commissioner

Kathy Pilbeam, Director of Real Property Tax Service

Roger Crary, Oneida County Soil & Water Representative

Marty Broccoli, CCE AED Specialist 

Michael J. Cosgrove

Andy Gale

Paul vanLieshout

Paul Snider

Bill Tyluki

Contact

Rita Marie "Remi" Link
Ag. Economic Development Program Coordinator
rl368@cornell.edu
(315) 736-3394 Ext. 111

Last updated October 4, 2022