Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth
July 17-19, 2014
Morrisville State College, Morrisville, New York
The Grasstravaganza grazing conference returns!
Filled with knowledgeable speakers, site tours and enthusiastic vendors, Grasstravaganza is specifically designed for farmers, consumers and agriculture professionals that would like to improve their bottom line through greater soil health.
Registration and information online:
Cayuga County Releases the Draft of the County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan
Will Hold Public Hearing on May 29
A draft of the updated Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan was released May 14, 2014 for public review and comment. Prepared by the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, the draft is an update to the existing county agriculture plan adopted in 1996. The plan contains a survey and analysis of existing agricultural practices and support services, including identified strengths, opportunities, needs and challenges. The plan also includes an implementation strategy to address needs and challenges, take advantage of identified opportunities and protect the county’s agricultural strengths.
An overview of the draft will be presented on May 29, 2014 at 7 pm, at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES at 1879 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn. Immediately following the presentation, an opportunity for public input will be provided at a public hearing held by the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board.
Thank you to all who attended a public meeting last month for the County-wide Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan update! There were 86 participants in total, in addition to the 16 steering committee members who attended. About 60% of the attendees were farmers, while 27 attendees (about 40%) identified themselves as owners of an agriculture-related business. Click here for attendance statistics.
Each meeting started out with a brief introductory powerpoint presentation about the impact of agriculture on our local economy and current trends in agriculture. Then, attendees formed discussion groups of 10-15 people, facilitated by a steering committee member, county planning staff member, or volunteer. The discussion groups focused on four questions for fifteen minutes each, breaking in between to report back to the room on what they had discussed. The four discussion questions were:
1. What should our county’s agriculture look like in the next 20 years?
2. What needs and challenges do our farms and agricultural businesses face?
3. What strengths and opportunities will sustain and grow our agricultural economy?
4. How can we ensure farmland is protected for future farmers?
A volunteer note-taker took notes for each discussion group. Check out the compilation and summary of the discussion notes and the updated project website.
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