Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board

Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, established by the Steuben County Legislature, includes five active farmers, one agribusiness person, and ex officio members, as required by New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. The board advises the Legislature regarding Agricultural District Reviews and leads the effort to implement the Steuben County Agricultural Development and Expansion Plan that was approved in December 2001. The board also reviews Notices of Intent for the reasonableness of proposed actions in Agricultural Districts that involve government funds or acquisition of land by a government. The board may also ask the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to review state agency rules and regulations that affect farming in Agricultural Districts. Steuben County has a right to farm law and the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board is sometimes called upon to mediate disagreements between farmers and their neighbors as outlined in the law.


Terms ending 12/31/15
Robert V. Nichols, 743 Thompson Rd., Addison NY,   14801
Mike Slayton, 7195 County Route 27, Hornell NY   14843

Terms Ending 12/31/17
Ken Ward, MJ Ward & Son, Inc. PO Box 747, Bath, NY  14810
Matthew Doyle, Doyle Vineyards Management, PO Box 476, Hammondsport, NY  14840
Terms ending 12/31/18:
Shawn Gilson, 3699, Route 21, Wayland NY, 14572
Thomas Massi, 246 Victory Highway, Painted Post NY  14870

Ex-Officio Members(Voting)

Chairperson, Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Directors, or Designee
William A. Peoples, Steuben County Legislator, District 11
Director,Cornell Cooperative Extension, Steuben or Designee, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath NY  14810
Amy Dlugos, Director, Steuben County Planning Department, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath NY  14810
Wendy Flaitz, Director, Real Property Tax Service Agency, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, NY  14810
Advisory Members(Non-Voting)
James C. Johnson, Executive Director, Steuben County Industrial Development Agency
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