Albany County Department of
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 800 | Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-5670 | Fax: (518) 447-5662

Updating the Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Voorheesville hosted the project kickoff meeting with the Advisory Committee on March 20, 2017.

Click to View Slide Presentation Given by ACDS

Albany County has received a grant from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to update the County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP), which was first completed in 2004. The purpose of the update is to bring the existing plan into alignment with current conditions in the agricultural and food industries, while updating policy and program recommendations to reflect best practices in the industry. The plan must be consistent with, and respectful of, existing policies at the county, town, and municipal levels.

The County has contracted with ACDS, LLC, a company specializing in agricultural development and management consulting, to lead the project with help from Tom Gallagher of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Laura DeGaetano of the Albany County Department of Economic Development, Conservation and Planning, and the Albany County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board. In addition, an Advisory Committee was created to help guide the process.

The plan will take 12-18 months to complete and will include several phases, beginning with an assessment of the current agricultural economy in the county. An important goal of the project is a list of strategies and recommendations to address the needs of the county’s agriculture, food, and related industries.

Proper public input is essential to a good outcome because the plan should be widely endorsed and accepted as the blueprint for moving forward and advancing both public and private interests. The plan update, when complete, should encourage long-term policy formation in support of agriculture while providing a specific short-term framework to guide program creation, or enhancements, regarding specific agricultural economic development and land use initiatives.

For more information on the project, contact Philip or Anna at ACDS.

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
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2018 Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan Complete! The County's updated plan has been completed and will be considered for adoption by the Albany County Legislature at their December meeting. It will then be submitted to NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets for approval.
View a copy of the plan here [PDF].