WATERLOO — Agriculture is a mainstay of Seneca County’s economic system. It covers almost 119,000 acres, about 57% of the county’s 330 sq. miles of land.
The county has 516 recognized farms, producing $90.8 million in gross sales a 12 months, a determine that elevated by 47%, when adjusted for inflation, between 2002-17.
With that background, the Seneca County Agricultural Enhancement Board and its steering committee have accomplished the draft of a countywide plan designed to enhance agriculture in the county.
For the previous 12 months, the AEB, assisted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County, the county Planning Department, the county Soil and Water Conservation District employees, and consultants, has performed analysis, mapping, interviews, focus teams and a farmer survey to solicit suggestions on challenges and alternatives to help the county’s agricultural companies. The plan evaluates the present situation of farming in the county, identifies long-range targets to enhance the agricultural business, and gives particular tasks and actions that may be taken to enhance and enhance agriculture.
“The study found that although agriculture in the county remains strong, some challenges exist and they are identified and addressed in the plan,” CCE of Seneca County consultant Judy Wright stated. “The draft plan establishes a vision for Seneca County agriculture as an industry that will continue to play a critical role as the predominant economic driver and land use contributing to Seneca County’s rural character and quality of life. The agricultural enhancement toolbox included in the plan contains more than 40 different strategies that can be implemented to preserve and enhance the county’s agriculture, with a focus on ag-economic development strategies.”
Written feedback on the plan could be submitted to Wright at CCE of Seneca County, 308 Main Street Shop Centre, Waterloo, NY 13165.
The public is invited to evaluation the draft plan and attend one in all two public shows to be taught extra. The first presentation shall be 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in the lecture corridor on the county Health and Senior Services Building, the previous BonaDent Dental Laboratories facility. The second shall be 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the South Seneca Middle School auditorium in Ovid.
Because of accelerating Covid-19 an infection charges, CCE of Seneca County is asking that masks be worn and social distancing be noticed.
The Jan. 12 presentation additionally shall be out there through Zoom. It shall be recorded and posted for future viewing. Those in the Zoom assembly ought to contact Wright at email@example.com or (315) 539-9251, ext. 109, by midday Jan. 12 to register and obtain the Zoom hyperlink.