Tompkins County Ag Summit Wednesday

2017 Tompkins County Ag Summit

2017 Tompkins County Ag SummitWednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ramada Ithaca Hotel & Conference Center

2310 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca NY 14850

Please join us for this meeting which covers a range of topics important to farmers and all agricultural landowners.

AGENDA

  • The Proposed Cayuga Lake TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)
    With staff from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Come listen, learn what’s proposed, provide information about water-protecting farming practices already in place in the region, and ask questions.
  • Large-Scale Solar: What Landowners Need to Know to Protect Themselves
    With Chris Denton, Attorney
    Rural landowners throughout the region are being approached by landsmen offering lease for land for potential solar installations. Learn about the dangers and pitfalls of these agreements, and what to consider.
  • Community Scale Solar & Using Sheep to Control Ground Cover Growth
    With staff from the Renovus Solar and sheep farmer Caleb Scott
  • Changes in the CRP to Include Pastureland
    With Erin Madden, Farm Service Agency
    CRP now includes a grassland program. If you are grazing animals and interested in rotational grazing, come learn about this program. If selected to participate, there could be cost share fencing and water systems assistance.

Fee: $10 per person. Includes Lunch.

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Farmland Protection Workshop in Morrisville, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County will host a workshop April 13th, 2016 to continue educating farmland owners about farmland protection. This meeting will focus on preparing landowners to move forward with the process involved in farmland protection programs. We plan to have representatives of Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, the New York Agricultural Land Trust, and the Southern Madison Heritage Trust to answer questions about the purchase of development rights and agricultural easements.

The workshop will cover some basics of farmland preservation, conservation easements, landowner commitment, and available farmland protection programs. There will be emphasis on the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Program (FPIG). The pre-application is designed to screen farmland owners interested in applying for the FPIG Purchase of Development Rights program.

Farmland Protection

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