Here's a press release from Oneida County:
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is seeking members for a new Agriculture and Farmland Protection Planning Task Force.
With the support of the County Legislature, Picente
has directed Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County to lead the
process of developing an updated Agricultural & Farmland Protection
Plan for consideration and adoption by the Agricultural & Farmland
Protection Board appointed by the County Legislature.
Oneida County residents with an interest in helping to contribute to
this planning process --- including farmers, farm landowners, municipal
officials, business owners, and other interested residents --- are
encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension to express their
interest in being considered for appointment by the County Executive to
the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Planning Task Force.
Task Force members will be asked to make a significant commitment of
time over a period of approximately one year to contribute to the
development of a thoughtful and useful document for formal adoption by
the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board.
According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture (2012),
Oneida County’s 1,066 farms generated more than $113 million in annual sales
and occupied more than 25 percent of the county’s total land area.
Planning for the long term
success and growth of the farm economy is a top priority, Picente said.
To indicate your interest in participating in the Task Force, please contact:
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Oneida County
Ph. (315) 736-3394 ext. 129
Expressions of interest received by Feb. 20 will be passed to Picente, who will announce the final composition of the task force shortly thereafter.