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Agriculture

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

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Boards, Committees and Partner Agencies

The Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) reports to the Dutchess County Legislature concerning matters affecting agriculture and farmland throughout the county. The AFPB also funds projects and activities that help to meet the goals outlined in the Dutchess County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan.

Meetings:
The Dutchess County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board meets on a quarterly basis at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center (2715 US 44, Millbrook, NY 12545), unless otherwise noted. 

Next Meeting Date: To be determined

Agendas & Minutes:
The Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board agendas are posted to the website and distributed shortly before the Board meetings. The Board’s minutes are transcribed by staff from the Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District and distributed to the Board members for their approval at the following meeting. The minutes will be posted after approval from the Board.

2018 Agendas:  February 12th (.pdf)  |  June 5th (.pdf)  |  July 10th (.pdf)

2019 Agendas:  January 9th (.pdf)  |  March 21st (.pdf)  |  June 13th (.pdf)

2018 Minutes:    February 12th (.pdf) |  June 5th (.pdf)  |  July 10th (.pdf) 

2019 Minutes:    January 9th (.pdf)  |  March 21st

Members:
A. Gregg Pulver, Chair, Pulver Farm
Art Collings, Vice Chair, Dutchess Land Conservancy
Peter Coon, Coon Brothers Partnership
Doug Giles, Walbridge Farm
Ed Hackett, Hackett Farm Supply Inc.
Ken Migliorelli, Migliorelli Farms
Eric Axelsen, Dutchess County Real Property Tax 
Jennifer Fimbel, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Brian Scoralick, Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District
Will Truitt, Dutchess County Legislature
Eoin Wrafter, Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development

Harry Baldwin, Ex-Officio
Amy Cross, Secretary, Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District

Annual Agricultural District Inclusion Process:
On an annual basis, the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) accepts applications from landowners who wish to enroll their parcel(s) into one of Dutchess County’s four Agricultural Districts (i.e. 20, 21, 22, and 23). For more information, please contact the Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District at (845) 677-8011 ext. 3.  

Following this application period, the AFPB reviews the submitted parcels and makes recommendations to the County Legislature for the inclusion of agriculturally viable properties that serve the public interest by assisting in maintaining a viable agricultural industry within the district.

Note: Landowners whose parcels are already included in an Agricultural District are not required to apply as part of the annual inclusion process.

Contact Us:
For more information, email the Dutchess County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board, or call (845) 677-8011 ext. 3 or (845) 486-3600.

The Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee reports to and advises the County Executive on issues and policies regarding agriculture and agri-business in the county. This committee also facilitates implementation of the programs outlined in the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.

Meetings:
The Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee meets on a quarterly basis (.pdf) at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center (2715 US 44, Millbrook, NY 12545), unless otherwise noted.

     Next Meeting Date: August 22nd (Agricultural Forum, Dutchess County Fairgrounds) 

Agendas & Minutes:
The Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee agendas are posted to the website and distributed shortly before the Board meetings. The Board’s minutes are transcribed by staff from the Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development and distributed to the Board members for their approval at the following meeting. The minutes will be posted after approval from the Board.

2018 Agendas: February 28th (.pdf) | May 23rd (.pdf) | August 23rd (.pdf) | November 28th (.pdf)

2018 Minutes: February 28th (.pdf) | May 23rd (.pdf) | August 23rd (.pdf) | November 28th (.pdf)

2019 Agendas: February 28th (.pdf) | May 23rd (.pdf)

2019 Minutes: February 28th (.pdf)

Members:
Matthew Sabellico, Chair, Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist
Rebecca E.C. Thornton, Vice Chair, Dutchess Land Conservancy
Mark Adams, Mark Adams Greenhouses/Farm Bureau
Dr. Mark Condon, Dutchess Community College
Isaac Coon, Coon Brothers Farm
Todd Erling, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp.
Doug Giles, Dutchess County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board
John Lekic, Le’ Express Bistro and Bar
A. Gregg Pulver, Dutchess County Legislature
Stephanie D. Radin, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Brian Scoralick, Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District
Leon Vehaba, Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Harry Baldwin, Ex-officio
Jennifer Fimbel, Advisor, Agricultural Navigator
Eoin Wrafter, Advisor, Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development

Contact Us:
For more information, email Shelby Frangk, Planning Department liaison to the Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee, or call 845-486-3600.