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Agricultural Districts: Balancing Farmers Needs and Local Concerns

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Dutchess County Farm & Home Center

2715 Route 44

Millbrook, NY 12545

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Agricultural Districts: Balancing Farmers Needs and Local Concerns

Agriculture has changed a lot over time yet continues to be one of Dutchess County's primary industries, playing a significant role in the economy and quality of life for Dutchess County residents. Municipal land use planning and decisions may impact existing agricultural operations and continued farm viability. However, many farms are expanding on-site activities that may raise concerns for communities.

This course will lay the foundation for understanding agricultural districts, and will delve into the increasingly recurrent question of what activities local municipalities can and cannot regulate regarding farm operations within agricultural districts. The speakers will provide clarification on land use regulations that are still applicable, as well as those that may be in conflict with NYS Agriculture and Markets law. In addition, they will share real world examples showcasing the interplay between agricultural districts law and local land use ordinances.

We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting program!



Date:
Wednesday October 18th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (light supper at 5:30pm)
Where: Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook NY 12545
Cost: $5.00 (includes program and supper). Pay at the door via cash, check, or voucher.
Speakers:
Dr. Bob Somers, Manager, Farmland Protection Unit, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets
Brian F. Scoralick, Executive Director, Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District


This course may qualify for 2 hours toward meeting the New York State mandatory training requirement for local planning and zoning board officials; check with your municipality. Attendance certificates will be available the evening of the event.

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