Ag Economic Development
Strengthening Oneida County's farm-based economy
The AED Program was created in 1998 in accordance with the Oneida County Farmland protection Plan (OCFPP) and officially registered with the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets in 2000. The mission of AED is to help foster an economic climate that supports and promotes the expansion of agricultural business within Oneida County.
Areas of Focus include:
- Educating consumers about the importance of agriculture in todays’ society.
- Working with farmers to explore ways to enhance their sales through direct marketing or developing value-added products. Click here to view Farmers' Market Map for Oneida County
- Working with the Mohawk Valley EDGE, Cities of Utica and Rome to conduct outreach visits to regional agribusinesses to help ensure agricultural industry viability and create employment opportunities.
- Working with the Oneida County Farmland Protection Board to reach out to town and county governments to become more aware and sensitive to agriculture industry issues.
- Educating today’s younger children of the many rewarding employment opportunities that the world of Agriculture offers.
Connecting Farms to Consumers
Farmers' markets, farmstands, CSAs and other direct markets strengthen the farmer-consumer connection.
Mohawk Valley Farming
Good soils, affordable land, and access to markets make the Mohawk Valley a great place for farms and related businesses.
Protecting Farmland in Oneida County
Learn how Oneida County works to protect our farm landscapes.