SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (October 8, 2014) – The Sullivan County Agricultural Protection Board and the County’s Division of Planning and Environmental Management will hold a public workshop on the Sullivan County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan Update. The event will take place on Monday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, located at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY, and will feature a presentation on the draft plan findings and recommendations, with opportunities for public input.
The original plan was completed in 1999. This update evaluates the current status of farming in the County, and identifies a variety of potential economic, educational, governmental, regulatory and other strategies to protect farms and farmland, promote agriculture as a critical part of local life, and sustain and grow the contribution of agriculture to the Sullivan County economy. According to the Plan’s Agricultural Profile and the 2012 Agricultural Census, Sullivan County is home to 321 farms totaling 53,859 acres generating $56.4 million in sales. Agricultural-related manufacturing industries contributed $656.7 million in sales, bringing the total direct economic contribution of Sullivan County agriculture to $714.1 million.
The Plan Update is being prepared by Community Planning and Environmental Associates with funding, in part, by a grant from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. The draft may be reviewed at the Sullivan County Planning Office, 100 North Street, Monticello, New York, or online at www.planningbetterplaces.com. For more information, please contact the Sullivan County Planning Office at 845-807-0527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org