Agriculture Enhancement Board

About the Board

The Ontario County Agricultural Enhancement Board (AEB) was established under the New York Agriculture & Markets, Article 25AA, Section 302. The board meets throughout the year and is made up of active farmers, agri-business owners, agriculture preservation organizations, county and district employees, and a Board of Supervisors representative.

The board works with the agricultural community, various levels of government, and the private sector to promote agriculture and agri-businesses, and preserve and protect farmland.

The Ontario County Agricultural Enhancement Board meets at 7:00 pm at the Ontario County Municipal Building, 20 Ontario Street, Third Floor Conference Room. For more information on the meetings, contact Maria Rudzinski, Senior Planner, at (585) 396-4416.

Draft Agricultural Enhancement Plan for Ontario County Available for Review and Comment

The Draft Agricultural Enhancement Plan for Ontario County is now available for public review and comment.

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors adopted the first Agricultural Enhancement Plan in 2000. The successful implementation of that plan helped to facilitate the growth and development of agricultural businesses within the county. Changes in the physical, operational and economic needs of the agricultural sector and the County’s development pattern created the need for an update of that Plan.

The underlying purpose of the original Agricultural Enhancement Plan remains as important today as in 2000 – to maintain and enhance the viability of farms and farm-related businesses in Ontario County.

Read the Draft Plan:

Full Plan
Executive Summary
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Existing Conditions
Section 3: Recommendations
Section 4: Development Patterns & Priority Lands
Draft Agricultural Enhancement Plan Presentation

The Draft Plan is also available at:

  • All public libraries in Ontario County
  • Ontario County Planning Department, 20 Ontario St., Canandaigua, NY
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, 480 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY
  • Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District, 480 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY   

Questions:  Contact Maria Rudzinski 585-396-4416