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New Survey Will Help Update Decades Old Suffolk County Farmland Plan

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Alea Harkawik   Feb 12, 2013 12:45 PM
Feb 12, 2013 12:58 PM

An online survey has been made available on the Peconic Land Trust website to assist Suffolk County in updating its Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.

To further its goals to protect viable farmlands and natural resources, to preserve its pastoral character, and to promote the agricultural industry on Long Island, Suffolk County is conducting a survey in an effort to update the information contained in the 1996 Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.

In September, the county announced that it had received a $50,000 grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture that would, in part, fund the plan update. The update is also funded by in-kind services from the county and a $10,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation made directly to the Peconic Land Trust. The funds support the county’s effort through outreach to the farming community, of which the survey is an important piece of the plan.

“The participation in this survey by local Suffolk County farmers and growers is a necessary ingredient in creating an effective, economically and environmentally conscious farmland protection plan. Updating the plan will help ensure that existing farmlands remain in production and that rich, productive soils remain available for future generations of Suffolk County farmers,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a press release.

The survey is available on the Peconic Land Trust’s website at www.PeconicLandTrust.org or can be sent to interested farm operations by contacting Peconic Land Trust Project Manager Kim Quarty, at 283-3195 or by e-mail at KQuarty@PeconicLandTrust.org. All responses to the survey will be confidential.

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