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Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee

Genesee County: Agricultural Development Plan Responsibility: Primary responsibility should reside with IDA with support from the CCE, Genesee Farm Bureau, and Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Recommendation 6: Study Labor Training Needs As farm operations in the region continue to transition, employment training will rise in importance. As this trend continues, an assessment of training needs should be conducted on a biannual basis. In addition, the County may wish to consider labor training grants to support the many operations that use private trainers to currently fulfill this need. Priority Level 2: Begin program in year 2 or 3. Cost Considerations: This recommendation would require low levels of in-house staffing and a biannual budget of approximately $1,000 for survey instruments. Responsibility: Primary responsibility should reside with the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board with support from the, CCE, Genesee Community College, IDA and Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Recommendation 7: Prepare SBDC and SCORE Counselors to Work with Farmers Aggressive regional lending combined with the instability of commodity markets and rapid expansion of unsecured lending (credit card/revolving credit) may cause near-term farm liquidity problems. As a result, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Service Corps or Retired Executives (SCORE) counselors should be briefed on issues of farm debt workouts and other farm support issues. Priority Level 2: Begin in program year 2 or 3. Cost Considerations: This recommendation would require low levels of in-house staffing and a budget of approximately $1,000 for materials. Responsibility: Primary responsibility should reside with CCE with support from the IDA, New York Farm Net, New York Farm Link, local creditors, and MyVesta. Recommendation 8: Support Leadership Development The success of Genesee’s agricultural industry is a direct function of its exemplary agricultural leadership. Maintaining the quality of leadership and refreshing it with new leaders is critical to continued success. It is recommended that the County support, through scholarships, leadership training while providing continued opportunities for young leaders to serve the industry. Priority Level 2: Begin program in year 2 or 3. Cost Considerations: This recommendation will require approximately $4,000 in annual appropriations. Responsibility: Primary responsibility should reside with the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board. Recommendation 9: Support Improvements to Rural Utilities Changes in technology and operational scale are heightening grower awareness of deficiencies in rural utilities. Specific limiting factors are the quality and cost of electric Copyright©, 2001: Agricultural & Community Development Services, Inc, Columbia, MD 15

Genesee County: Agricultural Development Plan service and the unavailability of high speed internet services. The County should support private and public sector efforts to improve these services. Priority Level 3: Begin program in year 3 through 5. Cost Considerations: This recommendation would require a minimum level of in-house staffing. Responsibility: Responsibility for advocacy rests with County Planning, IDA, and CCE. Recommendation 10: Study Water Use Issues In some areas of the county, farmers are experiencing decreases in water quality as well as increasing competition for ground and surface water resources making water a limiting production factor in the future. Increased pressure on water resources may compromise both the quantity and quality of the resource. Expansion and concentration of agricultural enterprises will also increase the need to access this resource, thus necessitating the need for a water study. Priority Level 3: Begin program in year 3 through 5. Cost Considerations: This recommendation would require moderate levels of inhouse staffing and a budget of approximately $30,000 - $40,000 for hydrology engineering services. Responsibility: Responsibility for conducting the study should rest with County Planning. Recommendation 11: Seek State Support for a Regulatory Impact Review Recent and dramatic changes in federal and state regulations have significant impact on farm viability. Many of these impacts are not clearly understood, though their impact is considered significant by the industry. Genesee County along with other Western New York jurisdiction should seek state funding for a review of key policies and development of a regulatory clearinghouse. A farm advisory group should be formed to determine which regulations to review; however, environmental, labor, health, trade policy are likely research candidates. Priority Level 3: Begin program in year 3 through 5. Cost Considerations: This recommendation would require moderate levels of inhouse staffing and a budget of approximately $25,000 - $50,000 for technical support. Responsibility: Responsibility for conducting the study should rest with the IDA since the analysis will focus on economic impacts. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Ten-Year Objective Genesee County farmers will have access to world class operational support, training, and financing to maintain and nurture continued economic viability. Copyright©, 2001: Agricultural & Community Development Services, Inc, Columbia, MD 16

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