About the Plan

Agriculture and farmland protection plans are intended to remain flexible and should be representative of changing needs, conditions, and emerging trends facing agriculture. The guiding vision statement and goals are tools to assist with local decision-making processes related to agriculture. This will serve as the foundation – the character, values, and priorities – for Onondaga County and its agriculture.

Project Team

Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

Dan Kwasnowski - Director
Megan Costa - Assistant Director for County Planning Services

Cornell Cooperative Extension

David Skeval - Director
Jenny Smith - Agricultural Specialist

Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District

Mark Burger - Executive Director

Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board

Brian Reeves - Farmer
Lee Hudson - Farmer
Mark Tucker - Farmer
Kay Hilsberg - Farmer
Edwin Skeele - Agribusiness
Brian May - County Legislature
Scott Winkleman - Ag. Land Preservation
Craig Dennis - Soil and Water Conservation
Donald Weber - Real Property Tax Director
Dan Kwasnowski - SOCPA Director
David Skeval - CCE Onondaga Director

Jamie McNamara - Clerk of the Legislature
Melanie Vilardi - Deputy Clerk

Consultant Team

EDR - Prime Consultant
KK&P - Sub Consultant
George R. Frantz & Associates - Sub Consultant

The Plan

Public Meeting Presentation

A public meeting for this plan was held on April 7, 2022 at the Marcellus Public Library.  Click here to see the presentation.

Link to Draft Plan

The purpose of this Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan is to reiterate commitment to maintaining a viable agricultural sector and to identify opportunities for county agencies and their local and regional partners to support the […]

Onondaga County Agriculture Mapper

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets requires recipients of Agricultural Protection Planning Program funds to identify lands that warrant protection measures as a result of their contribution to regional agricultural viability.  To […]

Background Documents

1997 Onondaga County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan  &  Food Plan CNY

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Get In Touch

Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

Phone: (315) 435-2611
Email: Agriculture@ongov.net

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