Otsego County’s 30 day agriculture enrollment period begins February 1, 2009. This 30-day window allows farmers in Otsego County to petition the county to join an agricultural district. Any farmer in the county who wishes to join an agriculture district can submit a formal request to the county planning department for inclusion during the month of February.
Individual petitions will be reviewed by the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board. The Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board will make recommendations to the county legislature on each petition.
The county legislature will hold a public hearing and then vote on the approval of the recommended petitions. Subsequent to county approval, an updated district map with a report showing the new parcels for inclusion will be submitted to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for state approval. Upon approval by Agriculture and Markets, the property owner will be notified by mail and the real property tax records for those parcel will be updated. Petitioners will receive notification sometime in late summer, early fall.
Interested parties must submit a petition between February 1, 2009 and March 2, 2009. Requests should include a letter with the names of the landowners, the tax parcel numbers of the land and the reason the parcel(s) should be considered for addition to the district. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the county planning department at 607-547-4225 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.