Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board

New York State Agriculture and Markets Law empowers counties to create Agricultural and Farmland Protection Boards with a broad-based membership to bring together farmers and government officials, bring broader community goals to oversight of agricultural districts, bring appreciation of agriculture’s needs back to the broader community, and build bridges and bring together diverse perspectives.

Agricultural and Farmland Protection Boards may recommend the creation and renewal of agricultural districts, comment on “notices of intent” to undertake development projects in agricultural districts, and guide, assess and approve Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plans.

The Department of Economic Development Tourism & Planning manages all aspects of district creation, review and re-certification, working closely with the County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board and the County Legislature.

Active Farmers Representatives

  • James VanOrden
  • Robert Kiley
  • Keith Jones
  • Scott Tuttle
  • Matthew Story

Agribusiness Representative

  • Jerry Cunningham

Agricultural Land Preservation Representative

  • Debbie Kavakos

Other Members

  • Eric Rasmussen, Chair, S&W Conservation District
  • Eugene Hatton, Greene County Legislator
  • Mick (Roy) Bessire, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County
  • Warren Hart, Greene County Planning and Economic Development
  • Laura Van Valkenburg, Real Property Tax Services