About the Plan

The Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan is the result of research, review, and community discussion on the state of local agriculture and what actions can best support local farm operations and the local agricultural land base. This plan is intended to guide Onondaga County legislative policy and the work of its Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) and the County's agricultural planning programs. It is also intended as a resource for the many towns and villages in Onondaga County, each with their own unique relationship with agriculture, for our important agricultural program partners, and of course, for the County's 600+ agricultural businesses.

The Plan

Onondaga County Ag Mapper

Farmland is at the core of the agricultural community and farming industry and is one of the most threatened components of the agricultural economy as well. As such, identification of the County’s most important farmland […]

Farm-Friendly Municipal Toolbox

To assist municipalities in implementing the Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan recommendations, and to provide a place to find best practices in local regulation and planning support for agriculture, the project team has created this […]

Background Documents + Links

Documents 1997 Onondaga County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan FoodPlan CNY Project Timeline Community Engagement Plan Public Meeting Presentation 4/7/22 Links Municipal Resources Onondaga County Legislature Onondaga Grown Plan Onondaga Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA) […]

Project Team

Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board

Brian Reeves - Farmer, Chairman
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 District
Donald Weber - Real Property Tax Director
Dan Kwasnowski - SOCPA Director
David Skeval - CCE Onondaga Director

Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

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

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

David Skeval - Director
Jenny Smith - Agricultural Specialist

Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District

Mark Burger - Executive Director

Consultant Team

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

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Get In Touch

Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

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

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