SCHOHARIE COUNTY AGRICULTURE & FARMLAND PROTECTION BOARD
The Schoharie County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) works to enhance the County's agricultural industry by offering broad representation and increased opportunities for agricultural concerns to be heard in county government. Additionally, Board membership provides opportunities for environmental and open space advocates to have a voice in local agricultural land protection efforts. Members of the board consist of farmers, county legislators, educators, agriculture technicians, veterinarians, and community leaders.
Statewide, County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Boards serve a vital role as part of New York State's long-standing effort to use voluntary, incentive-based programs to protect farming and farmland.
Four (4) Active Farmers:
One (1) Agribusiness Representative:
One (1) Land Preservation Organization Representative:
Chairman of the County Soil and Water Conservation District Board (ex officio):
County Board of Supervisors (ex officio):
Local Extension Agent - (ex officio):
County Planning Director - (ex officio):
County Director of Real Property Tax Services (ex officio):
Because of their collective expertise, the Boards may review and comment on proposed local comprehensive plans. The AFPB can also help a local government avoid enacting or administering local laws which unreasonably restrict farm operations in agricultural districts and run afoul of the agricultural districts law. Similarly, agricultural data statements, required when approval for subdivision, site plan, special use or use variances are sought within 500 feet of a farm operation in an agricultural district, can be referred to the Boards for review and comment.
The Schoharie County AFPB may provide local "expert" analysis in cases when a farming practice is in question. This informal peer review can head off a request for a formal "sound agricultural practice" opinion. The Boards can also provide local expertise to the Commissioner to assist in a sound agricultural practice determination. In addition, the Board can mediate in disputes.
The Schoharie County AFPB can also serve as a liaison to town and planning Boards and to help educate non-farmers about the economic, social, and environmental benefits that farming and farmland bring to our community.
Applications for land to be considered for inclusion to a county agricultural district are accepted annually at the Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency from January 30-February 28.