Agricultural Enhancement Plan

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In May 2019, Lewis County was awarded $50,000.00 from NYS Agriculture & Markets to update the 2004 Agricultural Enhancement Plan. This Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan will identify land or areas proposed to be protected and will describe activities, programs and strategies intended to be used to promote continued agricultural use. Over the course of 18 months, the designated Advisory Committee will work with a consultant to develop an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan that is customized for Lewis County. In addition to the monthly committee meetings, there will be several community outreach meetings held to solicit public involvement, feedback and vision.

Advisory Committee Members
Candy Akin : Lewis County Real Property Tax Director
Casandra Buell : Lewis County Senior Planner
Kate Eves : Farm Credit East Credit Representative
Jennifer Karelus : Lewis County Farm Bureau President
Michael Kraeger : Lewis County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board Member
Joe Lawrence : Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Dairy Foreage Systems Specialist
Michele Ledoux : Cornell Cooperative Extension Lewis County Executive Director
John Lehman : District 1 Lewis County Legislator 
Jackie Mahoney : Lewis County Recreation, Forestry and Parks Director
Katie Malinowski : New York State Tug Hill Commission Executive Director
Frank Pace : Lewis County Planning Department Director
Arleigh Rice : Lewis County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board Member
Jonathan Schell : Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust Associate Director
Nichelle Swisher : Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager
Brien Tabolt : Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative Manager
Eric Virkler : Lewis County Economic Development Director


Scheduled Advisory Committee Meetings
The Advisory Committee will meet from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Lewis County Jefferson Community College Educational Center located at 7395 East Road, Lowville on the first Tuesday of each month throughout the 18-month planning process. 

Advisory Committee Meeting Dates

August 6, 2019 February 4, 2020 August 4, 2020
September 3, 2019 March 3, 2020 September 1, 2020
October 1, 2019 April 7, 2020 October 6, 2020
November 5, 2019 May 5, 2020 November 3, 2020
December 3, 2019 June 2, 2020 December 1, 2020
January 7, 2020 July 7, 2020 January 5, 2021


Community Outreach Meetings
There will be several community outreach meetings scheduled throughout Lewis County between August 2019 and January 2021. Once scheduled, session details will be listed below. 
November 14, 2019 : Business Leaders Breakfast 
November 25, 2019 : Focus Group Meetings for Young Farmers, Emerging Agriculture Sectors, and Dairy Farmers

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