Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

Agriculture Stewardship Association

The Washington County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan was originally adopted in 1996 to identify strategies to promote agricultural viability and protect farmland.  Many of the goals of the original plan were met, but the plan has become outdated.  In February 2015, the county received a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to update the plan to better serve the agricultural industry in Washington County. 

The county is partnering with Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) to help implement the grant and has formed a Steering Committee of farmers and ag-related businesses and organizations to provide input throughout the process.

Thank you for your participation!
This past summer Washington County residents were invited to participate in a public survey to assist the county in updating its Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. The brief online survey was intended for non-farmers and asked questions about residents’ involvement, knowledge and support of local agriculture.

The public will also have an opportunity to comment on the draft plan which is expected to be available early next year.