Schuyler County Agriculture Development and Farmland Protection Plan

Adopted in July 2021, the AFPB Plan describes Schuyler County's farmland resources and the economic value of agriculture in the community. It identifies 4 priorities for strategic implementation by the Board and Schuyler County Legislature and poses seven key strategies and recommendations for the Board, and Community Partners to work toward implementing over the next 10 years.

  1. Priority #1: Advocate for the protection of viable and productive farmland for long-term agricultural and forestry use; through the promotion of land use laws and incentives that direct intensive development, including large-scale solar, away from the priority agricultural areas and that include provisions to limit impacts of new development on existing farmland.
  2. Priority #2: Promote the Agriculture Assessment Program and the connection of farmland owners and farmers to ensure that viable farmland stays in production.
  3. Priority #3: Support farmers and existing farm businesses throughout the county to create innovative high quality, products and maintain/develop the essential infrastructure needed to ensure the long-term viability of the county’s agricultural economy.
  4. Priority #4: Attract and develop new agriculture-support enterprises that leverage existing assets and support the development of value-added manufacturing, tech & professional services, suppliers, complimentary economic development efforts, and

  1. Strategy 1: Expand and promote opportunities for direct sales and agritourism
  2. Strategy 2: Increase economic integration of agriculture, forestry and related industries
  3. Strategy 3: Support young, new and beginning farmers
  4. Strategy 4: Retain highly productive farmland for agricultural production
  5. Strategy 5: Protect water quality and natural resources
  6. Strategy 6: Develop partnerships among farmers, municipalities, businesses and institutions to recycle food scraps and other organic waste.
  7. Strategy 7: Increase understanding and appreciation of agriculture among local decision - makers and the public.

The Board has taken action on most of the recommendations and continues to pursue them in priority order.