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Agriculture has been and continues to be one of Dutchess County's primary industries. Our economy, rural landscape, environment, health, and community character are all positively affected by farms operating here. Our farms provide many benefits to the local community, including:

  • Fresh food and food security;
  • Jobs on the farm, through value-added processing and sales, and other agricultural infrastructures;
  • Support to other local businesses through the sale and purchase of goods and services; and
  • Agri-tourism.

Although agriculture has changed through time, it continues to evolve and diversify, and plays a significant role in both the economy and quality of life for Dutchess County residents.

Programs and Initiatives

Agricultural Plan and Actions

Agricultural Districts

Agricultural Navigator

Agricultural Resources

A searchable application for local, regional, state, and federal agricultural entities

Dutchess County Right-to-Farm Law

Partnership for Manageable Growth

Funding for the protection of important agricultural and open space resources

Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series

A series of free virtual sessions discussing various agricultural topics

Boards & Committees

The Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB)

Right-to-Farm Dispute Resolution Committee

Partner Agencies

Data & Maps