Monday, February 9, 2015

Oneida County Seeks Members for Ag and Farmland Protection Planning Task Force

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:
Jim Manning
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.

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