The Agricultural Districts Law (Article 25-
The districting process is based on a local approach aimed at defining and documenting agricultural areas in which farming can be sustained and developed. Within the bounds of a district, farmers are granted a series of benefits that may or may not have immediate effects on their operations. Over a period of time, different provisions may be of increasing value to the effectiveness and competitiveness of farm operations.
Unlike the purpose of zoning, other land uses within a district are permitted. However, once a district is established, a set of incentives are provided to farm operations and a set of disincentives are in effect for non-
The Law is based on the understanding that farmland is preserved through maintenance and fostering of farming itself. Farming is dependent upon a favorable set of social and economic conditions without which a loss of commitment results. No one program can address all the necessary elements, but districts, working from the grass roots up, help secure an environment that is beneficial for commercial agriculture.
(Agricultural Districts Handbook, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets)
In 2016, the period of request for inclusion into an Agricultural District will be from January 1st to January 30th. For more information and to file a request, please contact:
Wendy Falls, Clerk, Oswego County Legislature
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