WYOMING CO., N.Y. — Wyoming County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (WCAFPB) will accept pre-applications from farmland owners for the next round of New York State purchase of development rights (PDR) grants through May 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm. All owners of farms interested in applying must attend an informational seminar. Landowners can attend on either Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm or Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Both seminars will be offered at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center Street in Warsaw.
Wyoming County Farmland Protection Informational Seminars
Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center Street in Warsaw, NY 14569
At the seminars, Genesee Valley Conservancy (GVC) Farmland Protection Specialist David Bojanowski will discuss PDR, Conservation Easements, New York State PDR Grant Program, an example PDR Project and landowner considerations when considering farmland protection. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Joan Sinclair Petzen will share information about the Wyoming County Context for Farmland Protection and Wyoming County’s Farmland Protection Pre-Application Process.
Interested landowners, following the seminars, need to: 1) meet with GVC’s Bojanowski to define their farmland protection project, 2) obtain a soils inventory from the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD), and 3) submit a complete pre-application to the Wyoming County Department of Planning and Development (WCDPD) by May 3rd at 3:00pm.
The WCAFPB will accept pre-applications through May 3, 2019 at 3:00pm. Pre-applications can be obtained from the WCDPD, GVC, CCE or WCSWCD either prior to or after the informational seminar, you may contact Dave Bojanowski, Farmland Protection Specialist with GVC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 585-243-2190; Bill Daly, Wyoming County Director of Planning and Economic Development, email@example.com, 716-450-4744; Joan Petzen, CCE Agriculture Department Program Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-786-2251; or Allen Fagan, WCSWCD Manager, email@example.com or 585-786-3675. Collaboration among our local partners, municipalities and farmers will help continue to bring valuable NYS resources to Wyoming County to protect our most valuable farmlands.
*Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling 585-786-2251 no later than ten days prior to the event to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests after this date will be met when possible.
–Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County
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