Wayne County Agricultural Development and Farmland Protection Plan Update - 2023
Wayne County is in the process of updating this plan with a focus on the economic impact of agriculture in the County. Originally adopted in 1997 and updated in 2011, the Wayne County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan was updated and recommended by the Wayne County Agriculture Development Board, which includes six statutory farm or farm business members. The members participated in the development of the plan, reviewed drafts and modified the Plan in accordance with their understanding of Wayne County and from information obtained from the survey, agribusiness interviews and public meetings and workshops. Approximately 60 people participated in the planning process.
Wayne County, New York will conduct a public hearing on September 19, 2023 at 9:05 A.M at the Emergency Management Department, 7376 Route 31, Suite 2000, Lyons, NY for the purpose of hearing public comments on the proposed Wayne County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan update.
The final draft of the Wayne County Agriculture Strategic Plan is available online at https://www.waynecountyagplan.com/. Following the public hearing, and if approved, the plan will then be sent to NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets for review and approval of the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.
Agricultural Development & Farmland Protection Plan Update 2023
What is Farmland Protection?
Farmland Protection (purchase of development rights or purchase of Conservation Easement ) is only one tool for preserving farmland. It is often said that the most efficient way to preserve farmland is to operate profitable farm businesses. Undoubtedly this is true, but in areas with high development pressure, non-farm uses can outbid even the most profitable farm business. Farmland protection programs can help municipalities to retain their rural character while keeping the farmland affordable for the next generation of farmers. Several towns in Wayne County have successfully applied to state and federal programs for protecting farms in addition to several in eastern Monroe County.
In Wayne County, the most effective funding tool for Towns to preserve farmland with conservation easements has been the NYS Department of Agriculture Markets Farmland Protection program. You can read more about it online.
In 2009 the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets surveyed farmers that participated in the State Farmland Protection Program. View the results of the State Farmland Protection Program Survey (PDF).
The following presentation shows the basics of a farmland protection grant application and how an easement works.
View Farmland Protection presentation (PDF)
Farmland Protection and Easement Workbook
Find out if an easement is the right management tool for your business by using the Farmland Protection Planning Workbook (PDF). This workbook is designed to help landowners through the process of deciding whether or not to place an agricultural conservation easement on their farms.
View the NYS Dept of Ag and Markets model Standard Easement. The use of this easement should speed the closing process.