Agricultural Advisory Committee
The Agricultural Advisory Committee was established by the Town Board in March of 2017. The Committee is populated by farmers, agricultural professionals, and those with ties to local agriculture. Their main focus is the implementation of the Agricultural Enhancement Plan that was adopted by the Town Board in December 2016.
The Ag Committee meets on the second thursday of each month at 6pm via Zoom and in-person in the Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public. Meeting schedules are subject to change - changes will be posted to the Town Calendar. Call 585-394-1120 with questions about the committee or the meeting schedule. Zoom details are as follows:
Meeting ID: 840 5769 5170
Town of Canandaigua Agricultural Enhancement Plan
Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)
The PDR is a conservation easement program available to farmland owners through the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) program. The Town of Canandaigia submits PDR application packages on behalf of interested, qualified landowners to Ag & Markets during open FPIG windows every two years. Information on the next application period will be linked below when it becomes available.
Soil Conservation - Protection of Agricultural Land
The history of soil protection, and the importance of understanding the value of fertile soils has been an important consideration for many years. The Town of Canandaigua Agricultural Advisory Committee routinely evaluates soil composition in the Town when reviewing projects, and potential Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Programs. The following video by the USDA shares more information about the importance of soil, and why our Town Agricluture Committee is so concerned about protecting our valuable soils for generations to come.
- Bob DiCarlo, Chairperson
- Tim Riley, Vice Chairperson
- Ray Henry
- Gary Jones
- Fernando Soberon