tree-1203624_640Otsego County Agricultural and Farmland
Protection Plan Update

OCCA, in partnership with the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Otsego County Planning Department, has assumed the lead role in updating the 1999 Otsego County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP). The updated plan will examine the current status of agriculture in Otsego County and establish a comprehensive strategy on farm and farmland protection that takes into consideration needs and trends specific to Otsego County.

As a first step, OCCA is inviting farmers, agricultural producers, ag-related businesses, and the public to share their thoughts on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing agriculture and land protection in Otsego County. People are also asked to share their vision for agriculture in Otsego County in 10 years (see links below). According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Otsego County is home to 995 farms, with 570 farm operators citing farming as their primary occupation. The 2012 census estimates the market value of Otsego County agricultural products sold at $66,760,000.

This page will contain information related to the Otsego County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan update as it is presented. OCCA will also be releasing information periodically regarding the plan via its Eco-bulletins and Municipal E-bulletins. For further information, contact Environmental Planner Danny Lapin at planner@occainfo.org or (607) 547-4488.

This effort is made possible with a grant and assistance from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, a donation by The Scriven Foundation, and a local match provided by working group participants.

Use this link to access the AFPP Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Questionnaire.

Use this link to access the AFPP Visioning Questionnaire.