Public Presentation & Hearing 

Draft Oneida County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan to support Oneida County's farming industry is now available
With extensive input by the farming community, Oneida County Executive’s Task Force, Oneida County Farmland Protection Board, ag agencies and county representatives have updated the 2000 Oneida County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. The draft Plan is now available for review and public comments.  

Please join the Oneida County Farmland Protection Board for a public hearing and presentation on the Plan. The presentation will begin at 6:00 PM Wednesday May 3rd at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 121 Second Street, Oriskany, NY 13424. The purpose of the Plan is to support and enhance the county’s agricultural industry, which is critical to our local economy and farming communities.

Comments can be provided at the public hearing or to Remi Link by emailing or by mailing to CCE Oneida, 121 Second Street, Oriskany, NY 13424.

Comments are due by NOON on MAY 3rd

The draft Plan can be reviewed and downloaded below:

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 Agricultural District creation, modification, continuation or termination.  

The Board reviews and comments 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 the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets to review any state or local agency rules and regulations that affect agricultural activities.

Oneida County Farmland Protection Plan (2000)

Oneida County Farmland Protection Law

Oneida County Farmland Protection Board

Chair: Brymer Humphreys
Brian Mandryck, County Legislator
John R. Kent, Jr., Planning Commissioner
Kathy Pilbeam, Director of Real Property Tax Service
Marty Broccoli, CCE AED Specialist
Roger Carey, OCSWCD Represntative
Thomas Cassidy
Michael J. Cosgrove
Andy Gale
Paul Snider
Paul van Lieshout 

Updating the Ag & Farmland Protection Plan

In 2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, with the support of New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Oneida County Planning Department, is leading a process of updating Oneida County's Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.  Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has named a Farmland Protection Planning Task Force to develop and propose the updated plan by December 31, 2016. 

Stakeholder Survey available online
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Steve Adams (Dairy farmer/Oneida County Farm Bureau)
Chris Burtch (Oneida County Real Property Tax Services)
Kelly Blazosky (Oneida County Tourism)
Mike Candella, Jr. (Fruit/vegetable farmer)
Linda Garrett (Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust)
George Joseph (County Legislator)
Nancy Luna (Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation District)
Remi Link (Cornell Cooperative Extension/Maple producer)
Jim Manning (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Craig Pollock (Farm Credit East)
Donna Purdy (Farm Service Agency)
Howard Regner (Field crop/beef farmer)
Dawn Richardson (Farmer/agri-business)
Guy Sassaman (Oneida County Planning Department)
Jake Schieferstine (Dairy farmer/MV Food Policy Advisory Council)
Don Schlueter (County resident, retired engineer)
Joan Smith (Dairy farmer/Oneida County Dairy Promotion Committee)
Shelby Sweet (Greenhouse/Vegetable/SUNY Polytech SBDC)
J. Caroline Williams (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Peter Zawko (Mohawk Valley EDGE)

Follow the progress of the plan update, and learn how you can participate, by liking our Facebook page - click here - or contact Jim Manning at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County at (315) 736-3394 x129 or  

Useful Farmland Protection Resources & Links:

Click the links on the right to learn more about Agricultural Districts and Agricultural Value Assessments

Ag District Data Collection Sheet

Farmland Designations

Planning for Agriculture (American Farmland Trust)

NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

NYS Ag Mediation Program