“We appreciate how busy farmers are and that they have already filled out a few other surveys lately,” he noted. “But the county-wide survey about to go out really does speak to local issues.”
The goals of the plan framed in 1997 include promoting awareness of agriculture’s importance in the economy, developing farmland protection measures and identifying ways to make local farms more financially viable.
Said Morgan: “If agriculture in Otsego County is to be among the driving forces of our local economy and remain an important feature in our landscape, then additional efforts have to be made.”
She also noted that freshening the plan dovetails with other economic development projects in the county.
The revised plan will probably include many of the current long-term goals, but it has to be updated with short-term actions that take advantage of today’s economic and agricultural trends and opportunities.”
Harmon said, “The revised plan will probably include many of the current long-term goals, but it has to be updated with short-term actions that take advantage of today’s economic and agricultural trends and opportunities.”
Fickbohm said the grant funding for the is administered on behalf of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board by the county’s Planning Department, in partnership with local agricultural agencies.
Other initiatives also aimed at updating the plan include a review of census data, interviews with agribusiness operators and farmers and organizing farmer forums.
The funding for the project comes from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets as well as a donation from the Scriven Foundation, as well as a contribution from those participating in the working group.
Those seeking more information about the survey and the plan may contact Fickbohm at his office at 547-8337, Extension 4.