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Agriculture

Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner

 

Agricultural Navigator
The Ag Navigator acts as a conduit for farmers, municipal officials and economic development specialists to provide impartial information and advice when implementation of local regulations are proposed that may have an impact on agriculture, farmland and agricultural businesses.

The role of the Dutchess County Agricultural Navigator is one of coordinating, collaborating and communicating with county and municipal officials, the farming community, agricultural organizations and other agencies on:
 
  • Agricultural issues and solutions;
  • Economic viability and sustainability of farming;
  • Opportunities and feasibility of new infrastructures related to agriculture.


The Ag Navigator also assists in the implementation of the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan under the guidance of the Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee.


Jennifer Fimbel 
Dutchess County Agricultural Navigator
Contact via email or phone at 845-867-3075 or 845-677-8223 (x118)


Agricultural Advisory Committee
Created in August 2015, the Agricultural Advisory Committee reports to and advises the County Executive on issues and policies regarding agriculture and agri-business. This committee will also facilitate implementation of the programs outlined in the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.
 

Members:
Harry Baldwin, Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board
Todd Erling, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp.
Brian Scoralick, Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District
Isaac Coon, Coon Brothers Farm
A. Gregg Pulver, Dutchess County Legislature
Rebecca E.C. Thornton, Dutchess Land Conservancy
John Lekic, Le Express Bistro and Bar
Stephanie D. Radin, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Matthew Sabellico, Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist
Leon Vehaba, Poughkeepsie Farm Project


Agricultural Districts
Learn about this voluntary program that provides benefits to landowners in order to encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural purposes. Dutchess County currently has 196,787 acres in its agricultural districts.


Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (2015)
Learn about Dutchess County's agriculture industry and new initiatives to help it grow.


Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG)
Learn about the County's unique land preservation program, which has already helped protect almost 3,400 acres of farmland and open space.

Agriculture & Farmland Resources List (.pdf)

 


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